We don’t know if ski n’ smoke was ever a thing, but if it was, it won’t be for much longer.
Effective May 31, 2015, popular British Columbia ski resort Whistler Blackcomb (WB) is going completely smoke-free. As in no smoking on chairlifts, outside the lodges, on the hill, on any of the patios in Whistler Village, or anywhere within the confines of the property (with one exception, below).
In an effort to keep WB clean and as close to its natural state of beauty as possible, officials decided to snuff out smokers.
“We have made the decision to introduce a smoke-free policy at Whistler Blackcomb to preserve the pristine alpine environment our guests come here for,” said Dave Brownlie, president and CEO at Whistler Blackcomb, in a release. “We also recognize as a leader in the outdoor adventure and wellness industry and as the largest employer in the Whistler community, we have a responsibility to our guests and staff to provide a safe and healthy environment for work and play. We believe implementing this new policy aligns with this goal.”
WB has extended a sympathetic hand to smokers who are currently on staff, offering them a year to quit the habit. During that time, the smoking employees will have access to various quitting tools and resources. They will have no choice but to smoke in designated areas, which are most likely tucked away from the crowds.