Free parking is as precious to some skiers as virgin mountain powder. And it will be back this winter at one Lake Tahoe resort.

But not before its corporate owner waged an expensive year-long legal battle with two season pass holders at Northstar California who claimed they’d been defrauded by a sudden change in parking policy.

One of the plaintiffs won a judgment for about $800.

The other — an 80-year-old attorney — came away with nothing when he agreed to drop his lawsuit against Vail Resorts for fear of being ordered to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal expenses.

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By Arlene Huff

Arlene Huff is the founding member of Golden State Online. Before that She was a general assignment reporter. A native Californian, she graduated from the University of California with a degree in medical anthropology and global health. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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