Ski Blades Now Illegal in Vermont: Legislature Passes Mandatory 2:1 Height-To-Ski-Ratio
April 1, 2015 - Vermont’s legislature voted on Tuesday to approve a bill banning the use of ski blades at all public ski areas in the state. H.54 passed with bipartisan support in both chambers of the General Assembly and was signed into law this morning. The ban will go into effect for the 2015-2016 ski season.
According to Vermont Ski Areas Association President Parker Riehle, “the presence of ski bladers on trails, on lifts, and around the base areas of resorts makes our most loyal guests uncomfortable,” and resort management shares those guests’ sentiments. These super-short skis, also known as skiboards, snowblades, and snowlerblades, are so ridiculous that they damage Vermont’s reputation as a serious snowsports destination, he said.
Opponents of the bill, including all seven of Vermont’s openly active ski bladers, insist that the ban will in fact damage the state’s tourism industry. They’ve called for immediate repeal, threatening to boycott Vermont until ski bladers are welcomed back. That’s an unlikely prospect: 98.2% of Vermont voters think ski blading is “completely silly and useless,” according to a recent poll.
The bill mandates that a person’s skis be at least one-half his or her height. In other words, a six-foot-tall person will not be permitted on lifts wearing skis less than three feet long. For more information about the ban, visit www.skivermont.com.