STRATTON, Vt. (AP) – Snowboarders from the United States and four other countries face assault and disorderly conduct charges from a drunken brawl following the U.S. Snowboarding Open at Stratton Mountain.
Three Austrians, two Swiss, a Czech and a Pennsylvania man were arrested after the fight early Monday morning at the Stratton Mountain Inn.
Mark Castriotta, 25, of Shawnee-on-Deelaw, Pa., appeared in court on Tuesday and was ordered held at the Woodstock jail in lieu of $25,000 bail. Martin Freinademetz, 30, of Austria posted bail after being charged with a felony count of aggravated assault on a police officer.
Andreas Seistock, 39, of Austria; Karolina Salavcova, 21, of the Czech Republic; Thomas Kilian, 34, of Austria; and Steffi Vonsiebenthal, 22, of Switzerland pleaded innocent to various charges and were freed after posting bail.
About 15 state police, Windham County sheriffs’ deputies and local police were called in to subdue the crowd, which included guests at the inn angry at being awakened by the ruckus.
“It was wall-to-wall people and they all wanted their pound of flesh,” Windham County chief deputy Henry Farnum said. “I’ve been calling it `melee on the mountain’ all day.”
Two sheriff’s deputies were treated at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Farnum said.
“These guys are world-class athletes and our guys are not in as good shape,” Farnum said.
Tom Chmura, general manager of the Stratton Mountain Inn, which is independent of the ski area, said the incident started around 2 a.m., when people started pounding on the doors of rooms.