LAKE TAHOE - A half-dozen ski resorts in the West and New England are joining in protests against two new lines of snowboards that feature images
of Playboy models and cartoons of self-mutilation.
Smugglers' Notch in Vermont says it has banned employees from using the Love
and Primo boards made by Burton Snowboards.
Vail Resorts has prohibited employees of its Vail, Breckenridge, Beaver Creek
and Keystone resorts in Colorado and California's Heavenly Mountain from using
the Love boards or any other inappropriate, offensive or suggestive equipment
while on duty.
The boards also led to a demonstration last week outside Burton's
headquarters in Burlington, Vt.
Burton CEO Laurent Potdevin says the company supports freedom of artistic
expression and stands by the boards.
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