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Vail: No more fumbling for your ski pass

VAIL, Colorado ” New technology at Vail and Beaver Creek will let you keep you pass in your pocket when it’s being scanned next year.

Vail Resorts said all five of its ski mountains will use radio frequency identification, or RFID, technology to scan season passes.

Scanners can detect chips embedded in the passes, even if they’re shrouded in a jacket. Employees can see skiers’ pass photos and other information on their scanning guns.

In a press release, Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz said the technology will provide skiers with “an easier and more convenient experience.”

This year, Vail has also tested sensors that are mounted above skiers on the bottom terminals of the Vista Bahn, Chair 3 and Chair 4. They detect the RFID chips to give the ski company information about skier patterns on the mountain. The company said it could use that information to decide how to groom slopes and where to put ski patrollers and Yellow Jackets.

Vail Resorts, a Broomfield company, owns Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Heavenly.

Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 748-2929 or estoner@vaildaily.com.


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