Officials at Mount Washington say they want to give visitors a 100 per cent natural environment as a smoking ban will take effect June 1.
The resort made the announcement Friday and the new smoke-free policy will extend to its entire property and covers all smoking, including vapourizers and marijuana.
“In survey after survey, our guests inform us one of their top reasons for visiting Mt. Washington is the fresh air and pristine alpine environment,” Mt. Washington’s Sheila Rivers said.
The smoking ban applies to both guests and staff at the resort, and employees will be provided with the tools and support to transition to a smoke-free environment.
The resort says the ban goes beyond personal health by lowering the risk of forest fires with recently experienced hot, dry summers.
“There are several benefits to the smoke-free policy including the safety of the Resort and Strathcona Provincial Park,” ski patrol director Jesse Percival said.
“Removing the smoking hazard will greatly reduce the risk of human-triggered fires, allowing everyone to breathe easier this summer.”
Currently, smoking is not allowed on lift lines, chairlifts and within three metres of building entrances, but is being extended to parking lots, ski runs, trails and public spaces within the resort boundary.