I'm probably going to get flamed for this, but I just had to ask. All health risks aside, and regardless of specifically what one is smoking, I really want the general consensus on this topic. I was skiing with a good friend of mine recently, and he would bum a cig every few runs. (I may have indulged once or twice too) I was a little worried about people behind us getting pissed.
Back when I used to ski at Greek Peak a lot it seemed like a lot of people smoked on the chairlifts, Fewer at Plattekill, but occasionally people do. I know Whistler now has a strict resort-wide no smoking policy.
There seems to be a bit of a stigma about smoking at ski "resorts."
My opinion: You're outside in a well ventilated area, so no big deal. Maybe save it for when there's no one directly behind you.
I really don't care if someone smokes on a chair as long as the wind conditions are such that the secondhand smoke doesn't blow in my face.
Smoking on a gondola is the rudest thing one can do on a lift and anyone who does it should be banned from the mountain. Not only is it a health risk to everyone in the same cabin but now it has a permanent stench that everyone else who gets in it has to smell. Killington and Whiteface seem to be the worst mountains in terms of number of smelly gondola cabins. I actually avoid riding the gondola at Whiteface when I'm by myself but it's not totally empty to the point that I can get the cabin to myself after having three encounters with smokers in the same day where I said I didn't want them to light up and pointed out the no smoking sign but they did it anyways.
This is a tough one. In a way, I agree more or less with all four answers.
It’s fine- as in I don’t really care what you do and I’m not so sensitive that smelling somebody’s smoke from the chair ahead is go8ng to throw me into a panic. You’re not my kid so do what you want.
Do whatever you want- ditto the answer above. I don’t expect you to care what I think about you.
It’s rude- yeah it is. Even though it’s not the end of the world, it’s rude to make other people smell your cigarettes.
Makes you look like a total douche- yeah it does. I’m sorry but it does. After all these years and all the research, the nicotine patch, the pictures of diseased lungs, you should do whatever you have to do to quit smoking. In the grand scheme of things there are many douchier behaviors out there and I do have sympathy for people with addictive tendencies but I think we have to admit it’s on the douche spectrum.
Funny, I kind of subconsciously agree with all 4 answers myself. I think that's how I came up with them. TBH, I didn't even have cigs with me the day my friend wipped out a pack on the lift. I was slightly surprised.
This post isn't about me. There's lots of people who smoke on the chairlift. I'm just trying to understand people's perception of the act among the skiing culture. It's not like there's no smoking signs anywhere on the chairlift.
A well-seasoned snow-sports coach can load Poma #2 @ Hickory, light up his/her nicotine/mother nature delivery system and still coach their clients sliding by to their left. Then field dress the delivery system, placing the system in a secure location, ripping the line they just coached and depositing the delivery system in a sanitary repository and repeating until beer30.