Vail Valley technology company signs deals with European resorts
Ryan Summerlin November 27, 2009
For the first time, ski resort operators in Switzerland and Sweden will be using software developed by Vail Valley-based Resort Technology Partners.
Many resorts in the United States use RTP enterprise point-of-sale software so guests can use a single pass to purchase lift tickets, lessons, food, rentals, and so on. The enterprise software also makes it easier for resorts to manage cash flow, financial operations and control inventory.
Ski resorts in North America and Australia currently use this software include Aspen/Snowmass, Park City, Whistler Blackcomb, and Perisher, but RTP officials say this sort of management is new to European resorts.
RTP’s flagship product, “RTPONE” is now being deployed at Verbier-St. Bernard Resort in Verbier, Switzerland, and Experium, a SkiStar entertainment facility located in Salen, Sweden.
“Signing our first agreements with international clients, especially ones with impressive reputations like these, shows that European resort operators want to increase the efficiency and guest experience of their resorts,” RTP President and CEO Charlie L’Esperance said. “North American resorts started integrating financial management, mountain operations and guest services 11 years ago when RTP introduced its integrated resort software, and international clients are seeing the advantages.”
So far in 2009, RTP has shown 84 percent growth from another technology that it markets for improved resort operations in the area of Radio-Frequency (RFID) access control. Aspen Skiing Company and Stevens Pass now are using RFID for all lifts, and Alpine Meadows is in the process of installing this technology
To accommodate its growth RTP recently opened a Denver office.
“With a stronger presence in Denver, we now have the ability to serve our customers from either our headquarters in Avon, where much of the research and development, testing and implementation of our products are managed, or at our new offices,” company official Michael McDermott said.-
For more information, go to www.rtp.com.-