A 22-year-old man was arrested Feb. 18 for allegedly teaching at Park City Mountain Resort after being fired the day before. PCMR had fired Marc Kleinman, a PCMR snowboard instructor, and handed him a letter ordering him not to return to the resort on Feb. 17, according to the Park Record newspaper. Then, a PCMR supervisor saw him on the slopes at about 1 p.m. the next day teaching someone how to snowboard, said Park City Police Department Captain Rick Ryan.
Police officers charged Kleinman with a class C misdemeanor count of criminal trespass, punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $750 fine. Note, he was not charged for "teaching," but for "trespassing." Those who enjoy teaching friends and family how to ski, don't panic. Technically, there is no law against teaching on a hill, just teaching for pay if you are not employed by the area. However, once a resort asks you to leave and you ignore their command, you open yourself up to criminal trespassing charges if you return to their resort.
Kleinman is originally from Indianapolis but now lives in Park City. Ryan told the Record that during police questioning, Kleinman acknowledged receiving the letter. "He weighed the risk of returning, and the consequences of returning, or the reward of returning" to give a lesson, Ryan said, adding, "He said he was willing to accept the punishment if he was caught."