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Lawsuits target resorts over shortened ski season

Lawsuits are being filed against ski industry giants Vail Resorts and Alterra over lost season pass value. (PHOTO: Credit Park City Mountain Resort)

PARK CITY, Utah — The coronavirus pandemic is having a few unintended consequences, which in Utah, includes a shortened ski-season. Now many of the big ski resorts are facing lawsuits after they decided to shut down lifts early in a practice of caution.

Ski lawsuits, money-back guarantee?

Now, many of those who purchased expensive season-passes are looking for some compensation for lost time on the slopes.

According to the Park Record, a class-action lawsuit is being filed against some ski giants, including Vail Resorts and Alterra Mountain Company.

The various lawsuits are similar to one another and claim false advertising, fraud and negligent misrepresentation, among other counts.

The plaintiff in the lawsuit against Vail is Brian Hunt, a Tahoe Local pass holder for the season. The lawsuit claims he was promised mountain access from October to June, as long as snow continued to be on the mountain. It states that was broken when Vail closed shop in March.

One representing many

According to the lawsuit, the class action is on behalf of all Epic Pass holders for the 2019-20 ski season. That is including those with unused days on the Epic Day Pass. Hunt is also looking to represent those who purchased passes specifically in California, as some claims reference California law. He’s seeking compensatory and punitive damages to be determined by the court or jury, among other judgments.

Vail Resorts Chief Marketing Officer Kirsten Lynch sent an email to pass holders on March 25 that read, in part: “We intend to reach back out to you with more information by the end of April.”

Robert Stephen Kramer is the plaintiff in the lawsuit against Alterra Mountain Company. He is also a California resident but does not list a California subclass. The suit alleges that Ikon pass holders, which is a season pass, did not receive the benefits that they paid for when the resorts closed in mid-March.

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Local resources

KSL Coronavirus Q&A

Utah’s Coronavirus Information

UtahState Board of Education

Utah Hospital Association

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Utah Coronavirus Information Line – 1-800-456-7707

National Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Commonly asked questions, World Health Organization

Cases in the United States