Saturday, April 14, 2018

Mt. Washington Alpine Resort to Ban Smoking


CONTACT:                    Sheila Rivers                                       



Mt. Washington Alpine Resort to Ban Smoking
Smoke-free policy will take effect June 1st, 2018

MT. WASHINGTON ALPINE RESORT April 13th – Mt. Washington has announced the Resort will become entirely smoke-free starting June 1st, 2018. “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.” states Sheila Rivers Mt. Washington spokesperson  “Evolving to a smoke-free resort will ensure that all of our guests experience the 100% natural environment they expect when visiting one of Canada’s most beautiful destinations.Smoking is currently banned in lift lines, on chairlifts, and within 3 metres of building entrances and intakes. The new policy will extend to all Resort property, including parking lots, ski runs, bike, hiking and Nordic trails and public spaces within the resort area boundary. The policy covers all smoking, including vaporizers and marijuana.

With the hot, dry summers British Columbia has been experiencing, the smoke-free policy goes beyond personal health. “There are several benefits to the smoke-free policy including the safety of the Resort and Strathcona Provincial Park,” comments Jesse Percival, Ski Patrol Director. “Removing the smoking hazard will greatly reduce the risk of human-triggered fires, allowing everyone to breathe easier this summer.” 

The new policy will apply to both guests and staff. Mt. Washington will be providing employees with the tools and support needed to transition into the smoke-free environment. “Our cessation program will assist participants to reach their smoke-free objective,” comments Tina Pringle, Director of Human Resources. “It is our goal to provide a safe and healthy working environment for all of our employees,”

To view the policy in full, please visit


Mount Washington Alpine Resort is located just 30 minutes from the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, British Columbia and hosts over 300,000 visits per year.  In the winter guests enjoy five chairlifts, and five carpet lifts accessing over 1,700 acres and 1,657 vertical feet of alpine terrain.  The resort also has 55 kilometers of designated cross-country skiing and 25km of snowshoeing trails along with a dedicated Nordic lodge.

Summer activities at Mount Washington include lift-accessed mountain biking, a new quad bungy trampoline, scenic chairlift rides, disc golf, miniature golf, boardwalk chess and checkers, shopping and dining.  The resort also plays host to over 30 weddings per year plus numerous group and corporate events.

Off-island visitors can use WestJet, Air Canada, Central Mountain Air, and Pacific Coastal Airlines which provide air service to the Comox Valley Airport (YQQ) or they can fly right into Comox Marina via Harbour Air.  Additional carriers serving the Victoria Airport (YYJ) includes Alaska Airlines out of Seattle.

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