Alta gets enough business fromt he Alta/Bird tickets to keep the snowboard ban in place. I harp on this over and over. They were ready to allow snowboarding and at the 11th hour they worked out a deal for a shared lift ticket with snowboard. Since they are next door to each other and you can literally ski from one to the other. Well at least with the addition of a new lift or two. Anyway, enough skiers buy this ticket on an annual basis that Alta sees no need to allow snowboarding, and gleefully so. The only way to put a hurt on them is to put a hurt on Snowbird. If snowboarders quit going to the 'bird in big enough numbers, it would hurt them. The same way skiers only was hurting Alta. They would start asking why, and if it was known because of the shared ticket, I know Snowbird would drop that arrangement in a hurry. Then Alta would be back to where they were before. Allow snowboarding and survive or keep it skiing only and die off. I wonder which way they would go.
Needless to say when I make a trip to Utah, I don't spend money at Snowbird.