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post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
Great now Burton is making more work for ski patrollers. If ski area management prevents the use of these Burton boards showing lots of skin, there going to make more work for the patrollers. Great yet another job for ski patrol. Thanks Jake

Burton Playmate Snowboards

Maybe not enough skin to get ski area management and/or customers with small children upset. Time will tell.
post #2 of 10
Your not jealous cuz your not featured on one of them, are you? Just kidding! I was out of touch with this board, googled and got more than an 'eye' full. I see your point. I patrol at a 'family friendly' hill and will approach mgt for their views.

Thanks for the 'heads' (or bottoms) up!
post #3 of 10
Hey, these boards aren't really that much more explicit than the various Rossi scratch's and Head J.O. pro models, are they?








I think that it is perfectly reasonable for a resort to prohibit certain employees, like kids instructors for example, from using these boards while working; however, I think that attempting to ban certain equipment from the property entirely would be pretty ridiculous, and impossible to enforce!
post #4 of 10
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....... however, I think that attempting to ban certain equipment from the property entirely would be pretty ridiculous, and impossible to enforce!
I agree. I don't even want to think about how to try to enforce this ban. You know how ski area management can be when they get screaming parents with season passes and season race camp fees all paid for. This marketing idea has the potential of huge backfire on Burton. Getting ski area management to ban your equipment may seem like a win win marketing idea. On the other hand pissing off parents of young children can not be good for the bottom line in the long term.
post #5 of 10
Ok.
So now I'll spend more patrolling time below the bumps at the trauma park

I can just hear the conversation at the house. "Jimmy, I was picking up your dirty clothes and found your snowboard under your bed. Is there something you want to talk about?"

Have a great season.
post #6 of 10
It seems totally absurd to me that a resort would ban a board / skis because of smut that's printed on them. If weenie parents whine about it, tell them to call Jake Carpenter.
post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by Sinecure View Post
It seems totally absurd to me that a resort would ban a board / skis because of smut that's printed on them. If weenie parents whine about it, tell them to call Jake Carpenter.
Says the man with no kids.

To play devil's advocate here: where would you draw the line then (or would you)? What if a board had a woman with her legs spread wide (sans clothing obviously)? Or bent over using a "toy"? You get the picture.
post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by eblackwelder View Post
Says the man with no kids.

To play devil's advocate here: where would you draw the line then (or would you)? What if a board had a woman with her legs spread wide (sans clothing obviously)? Or bent over using a "toy"? You get the picture.
Any kid with computer access has already seen this... and much, much more. It wouldn't be my choice for a ski or snowboard graphic, but it isn't 'obscene', it's a bit risque, sure. APO snowboards has a model with literally thousands of dead bodies... no out cry about that. I find that obscene.

Nude woman? The HORROR!!!
Violent image? No big deal.

Americans need to grow up.
post #9 of 10
we have a slope side condo owner that has a huge screen TV and no drapes or shades and kinda likes the 'debbie does dallas' sort of stuff.

it is just off the side of our easiest top to bottom run.

gives sweep a whole new meaning --- used to be we fought over who DIDN"t have to sweep that trail, now ........
post #10 of 10
Interesting Issue...

As a patroller who enforces the rules, I will, no doubt, encounter an instance or two where I have to respond to a parent complaining about the graphics printed on 'riding' equipment.

My home resort markets themselves as a 'Family Friendly' area and they promote activities and events that support that message. During our employee orientation, that message is given to us as a way to guide ourselves and the decisions and actions we make while working on the mountain. (we're all drinking the same kool-aid).

As of yet, the issue of 'obscene' graphics printed on riding equipment has not been addressed by the resort management, but it seems that a definitive policy needs to be posted sooner rather than later.

Obviously the definition of 'obscene' is in the eye of the beholder. However, I think that the resort managers determine whose 'eye' that is...theirs! If they tell us that full, suggestive or partial nudity is not consistent with a family friendly resort image and they will not tolerate people riding with those images emblazoned on their equipment, then I will 'trespass' those riders.

IMO people do not visit a resort to be involuntarily subjected to 'obscene' images. Even though those images may be easily available if sought after, they should not be forced into the public view just because you can get it anywhere (internet). Somewhere the line has to be drawn!

As a parent of two kids, who also ski, I enjoy the family friendly atmosphere that my resort promotes. I feel that my kids can go ski on their own for awhile and be safe from many of the things I worry about in our society (pedophiles, predators, etc.). Yes, they are sheltered, but...I'm the parent...I can raise them in a way that is right for me, my family and learn the values that I want them to grow up with from me. Not from somebody who's exercising their freedom of expression by displaying obscene images on their equipment.

I think most parents want some level of decency enforced in a public area...much as you would expect as when you're shopping at the mall. I chose my home resort for several reasons and being 'Family Friendly' is high on my list of being a place where I want to ski/work and take my family skiing.

Stepping down from my soapbox,
Markus
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