In support of WHO: World No Tobacco Day 2015, Whistler Blackcomb will be implementing a smoking ban for the resort-owned areas starting May 31, 2015. (Feature photo: Jonathan S. Igharas)
This new policy prohibits cigar, cigarette, marijuana, or e-cigarettes from being used on chairlift and gondolas, ski runs, hiking and biking trails on both Whistler and Blackcomb mountains as well as parking lots and certain patios. (Photo: Global Panorama)
This bold move from Whistler Blackcomb coincides with the resort’s goal of being making family and health top priority. Not only will the smoking ban encourage youth not to smoke, and protect children from second-hand smoke, it will also preserve the mountain environment overall, most especially by preventing forest fires in the summer.
The resort will allow a grace period of 1 year for staff to adapt to this new policy; providing them with a designated smoking area as well as information and guidance on quitting smoking.
Smoking will still be permitted in the Municipality of Whistler, including Whistler Village. The resort has not announced the repercussions for those caught smoking, but previous ski resorts that have implemented this policy have gone as far as revoking seasons passes for those caught in violation of the smoking ban.
For guests coming to Whistler on May 31st, there will be an information booth set-up at Skiers Plaza, manned by Whistler Blackcomb staff and executives, as well as Vancouver Coastal Health representatives.
If you’re wanting to explore the pristine nature of Whistler, now’s the perfect time, as spring blooms are starting to emerge, and you get to enjoy the best of both worlds – skiing an mountain biking, or hiking. Make sure you head over to alluraDirect.com for your Whistler accommodations! There are smoking and non-smoking units available, with special Spring/Summer prices.