No bongs on the bunny hill

‘Strange smelling odours emanating from chairlifts’

It brings a whole new meaning to patrolling the skill hill.

RCMP officers are riding ski lifts at Castle Mountain keeping tabs on skiers and snowboarders after several complaints were lodged about excessive pot smoking and alcohol use.

“Citizens had some concerns that some skiers or snowboarders may actually consume too much alcohol while using the facilities” says Pincher Creek Const. Chalack. Uniformed officers are randomly monitoring the hill for “disruptive behaviour” and patrolling the roads in and out of the ski resort 250 km south of Calgary.

“People can consume alcohol at Castle Mountain’s eateries and some people just consume a little too much and become a danger to themselves or others using the hill” says Chalack. As well police are there to prevent ski and board thefts after several snowboards were stolen from the hill.

Castle Mountain’s general manager however says the only concerns he’s heard from the public are about “strange smelling odours” emanating from chairlifts. “They’re sweet smelling that’s all I know” says Brian Rhodes. “That’s the only complaint we’ve had pertaining to potential problems.”