A jury in Brattleboro, Vt., found May 13 that the promoter of the Winter Dew Tour breached a contract with Mount Snow and ordered a $2.1 million payment for damages.
The verdict in federal district court stems from 2010 when The Alliance for Action Sports, which runs the extreme free-skiing and snowboard event, moved the Winter Dew Tour from Mount Snow and held it at Killington. Known as Alli and owned by NBC, the promoter contended that no contract was enforceable at the time of the venue shift.
The jury ruled that a contract, which had been negotiated in 2010 for two annual Dew Tour stops at Mount Snow and a third year option, was in fact in place at the time of the change of venue.
Mount Snow’s filing claimed that the promoter did not notify management at the Dover, Vt., resort in a timely fashion, waiting until three months after a deadline in April 2010 to tell Mount Snow officials of the change in plans. In the lawsuit, Mount Snow claimed more than $3 million in damages due to the media value of hosting the popular professional freestyle event.
In its defense, Alli also contended that Mount Snow built an 18-foot halfpipe that less than the 22-foot halfpipe that has become the standard in world-class competitions. As a result, Alli said it would have a more difficult time attracting top halfpipe competitors to the event if it were held at Mount Snow.
“The jury found that there was a two-year contract in place between the parties with an option for a third year to host the Winter Dew Tour event,” Dave Meeker, media contact at Mount Snow, told SnoCountry.com. “Alli performed the first year of the contract by holding the Winter Dew Tour at Mount Snow in January of 2010 but did not hold the second event at Mount Snow in 2011.That year’s Winter Dew Tour was hosted by Killington.”
When contacted by SnoCountry, an Alli spokesman said, "We are disappointed with the jury's decision, and are reviewing our options."
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