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Smugglers' Notch Ski Resort Undertakes Measures to Comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 26, 2012

Burlington, VT – The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont has resolved a complaint alleging that Smugglers' Notch Ski Resort was not in compliance with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA"). Title III of the ADA prohibits a public accommodation from denying an individual or a class of individuals, on the basis of a disability, the opportunity to participate in or benefit from the goods, services, facilities, or accommodations of an entity. Title III requires a public accommodation to remove architectural barriers to access in existing facilities where it is readily achievable to do so. Accessible parking is a top barrier removal priority.

The complainant alleged that Smugglers' Notch Ski Resort was not in compliance with the ADA based on, among other things, an inadequate number of accessible parking spaces. Smugglers' Notch Ski Resort has agreed, among other things, to add accessible parking spaces to its Main Parking Lot and its Mountain Parking Lots, add ADA compliant signage for the accessible parking spaces, and surface and stripe those accessible parking spaces in compliance with the ADA. On July 26, 2012, the U.S. Attorney's Office closed its investigation and issued a Letter of Resolution after confirming that Smugglers' Notch Ski Resort has undertaken measures and will undertake future measures to remedy the alleged deficiencies. Smugglers' Notch Ski Resort has worked cooperatively with the Department of Justice in responding to the complaint and is commended for the efforts it has agreed to undertake. 

Assistant United States Attorney Nikolas P. Kerest, in partnership with the Disability Rights Section of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, handled this matter on behalf of the United States. Smugglers' Notch Ski Resort was represented by Christina A. Jensen of Lisman, Webster & Leckerling, PC in Burlington, Vermont. Further information on the ADA and its requirements may be found at www.ada.gov.

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