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Snowboard designs go too far? Some think so

A half-dozen ski resorts in New England and the West are joining in protests against two new lines of snowboards that feature images of Playboy models and cartoons of self-mutilation.
Image: Burton protests
Protesters march to the Burton snowboard headquarters in Burlington, Vt., last Thursday to demand that snowboards with images of naked Playboy models and cartoons of self-mutilation be pulled from the market.Toby Talbot / AP file
/ Source: The Associated Press

A half-dozen ski resorts in New England and the West 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.