As of June 1, three major ski resorts in the Grand Tetons of Wyoming — Grand Targhee Resort, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR) and Snow King Resort — will adopt smoke-free policies resort-wide.
According to press materials, the resorts’ smoking ban is a monumental “first” on the national level, since few large U.S. ski resorts voluntarily adopt smoke-free policies.
At Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, smoke-free areas encompass all buildings, the entire base area, parking lots, lift lines, chairlifts, trails and all ski and/or mountain bike runs.
JHMR president Jerry Blann said, “Jackson Hole Mountain Resort represents a lifestyle choice. People who choose to work in this incredible place don’t take anything for granted, especially their health. The magnificence of our surroundings reminds us daily why this is so important. Our staff and guests understand a healthy lifestyle has a positive impact on their wellbeing, physically and mentally. We are proud to go smoke-free at the resort and look forward to being an educator on this important topic.”
All three resorts have partnered with the Teton County Tobacco Prevention Program, which is funded by the Wyoming Department of Health as well.
“This landmark move on the part of Grand Targhee, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Snow King powerfully demonstrates the resorts’ commitment to the well-being of their employees and customers” said Julia Heemstra, program manager for the Teton County Tobacco Prevention Program.
Keeping the resorts smoke-free may also help to reduce the risk of forest fires.
“Last year, more than 3 million acres burned as a result of careless human activity, including cigarette disposal,” said Kniffy Hamilton, supervisor of the Bridger Teton Division of the U.S. Forest Service. “It is wonderful that the decisions made by these resorts will ultimately help reduce the threat to our surrounding forests and improve the recreation experience,” she said.
Grand Targhee Resort
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
Snow King Resort