Pico Mountain in Killington, Vt., has joined with the American Cancer Society to go completely smoke free Jan. 1.

"Isn't that nice?" Killington's Tom Horrocks told OnTheSnow.

"It makes sense on a number of fronts.  Skiing is a healthy, outdoor recreational activity. You should be able to enjoy it without worrying about inhaling secondhand smoke in a liftline, or on a chairlift, or outside a base lodge," Horrocks said.

Pico runs Hope on the Slopes, a fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society. This year's event is March 5.

Pico Race Arena raises money for a Prize Purse for the event, through $5 donations for timed runs Jan. 1, Feb. 6, and March 5.

Hope on the Slopes is intended to raise awareness of healthy activities and lifestyles.

"Secondhand smoke causes close to 49,000 deaths annually from heart disease and cancer to otherwise healthy nonsmokers," said Kelly Stoddard, vice president of Health & Advocacy Initiatives for the American Cancer Society. "Implementing this change for cleaner air will result in a reduced cancer risk for Pico employees, associates, and guests."

Horrocks said, "We started thinking about this last year.  At the end of the day, I don't want to subject my kids to secondhand smoke. Pico is 100 percent on public land, so we can make those decisions without state or fed input."

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