Trend growing for no-smoking on slopes |

Trend growing for no-smoking on slopes

The Union News Service

Joining a recent trend set by Tahoe ski resorts including Northstar and Squaw Valley, Diamond Peak Ski Resort this winter will encourage its patrons to not smoke.

In a 5-0 vote Wednesday, the Incline Village General Improvement District Board of Trustees approved the installation of numerous signs at Incline’s ski mountain to bear the slogan: “Our guests appreciate you not smoking at Diamond Peak – thank you.”

“For us to be a family-friendly resort, we need to be a nonsmoking resort,” said Trustee Chuck Weinberger. “We’re already well behind the curve.”

The original proposal was for Diamond Peak staff to construct “approximately three” signs encouraging people to not smoke “in or around our lift lines.”

Trustees directed staff to construct signs in high-traffic areas, such as near the entrance of lift lines.

The option to ask – rather than demand – patrons to not smoke is preferred, because the district avoids spending time adopting and enforcing policy, said the proposal’s author and Diamond Peak General Manager Ed Youmans.

“Not being allowed to smoke anywhere outdoors is not a law in any state in this country,” Youmans said.

The approval came with the caveat that staff designate one or two areas at the mountain where people can smoke.

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