Non lift improvement for 17/18

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  • NELSBEERNELSBEER advanced
    Posts: 222
    With unemployment rates dropping & 'Help Wanted' signs appearing all over the place ski areas are going to be hard pressed to staff all their low wage positions this year. Focused people checking tickets will be more a spot check than a career opportunity going forward. 

    Hopefully the RFID implementations going forward will use the best available technology & avoid the pitfalls mentioned, it really is a pain to get called back after sliding though a checking unit at speed. 
  • timberleaftimberleaf intermediate
    Posts: 37

    Cannon is going all RFID as well and they will be replacing
    cash with Bitcoin for all retail transactions.

  • timberleaftimberleaf intermediate
    Posts: 37
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  • 4aprice4aprice intermediate
    Posts: 22

    Anyone else agree with me that RFIDs are a pain-in-the-butt?  Perhaps they will be improved, but for now, I wouldn't categorize "installing an RFID system" as an improvement!

    No I think they are great.  Never had any real problems with them.  Was great last winter as I just stuffed it in my Max Pass in my pocket and got on the lifts at Winter Park and Steamboat.  No ticket window. park where we wanted etc.  

    Alex

    Lake Hopatcong, NJ
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    Anyone else agree with me that RFIDs are a pain-in-the-butt?  Perhaps they will be improved, but for now, I wouldn't categorize "installing an RFID system" as an improvement!


    Agreed, they make the lines move slower because they don't work if they aren't positioned perfectly.
    - Sam
  • ski_itski_it expert
    edited September 1 Posts: 1,648

    Not that I ever would, but if I got caught without a ticket, it blew off too. Oh and my wife held on to that little stub for me. Let me go find her....

    Not a fact of course, but it seemed to me last season that at the Peak Resorts they mainly scanned season passes. I assume for marketing.

    I think they should buy back the cards if you no longer want it or they discontinue RFID, like at Ragged.

    My favorite is when the parents insist on holding the cards for their kids...and they are behind them..  

     

    ISNE-I Skied New England | NESAP-the New England Ski Area Project | SOSA-Saving Our Ski Areas - Location SW of Boston MA
  • 4aprice4aprice intermediate
    edited September 1 Posts: 22

    Anyone else agree with me that RFIDs are a pain-in-the-butt?  Perhaps they will be improved, but for now, I wouldn't categorize "installing an RFID system" as an improvement!


    Agreed, they make the lines move slower because they don't work if they aren't positioned perfectly.
    Example please.  I have never seen it when done properly, even at a place like Blue Mt in Pa where lines can be horrendous.  Almost every time I've seen people have trouble it's because they have something else in the pocket/area which they tell you specifically not to do.  No problems last year at Okemo, Solitude, Brighton or like I said Winter Park and Steamboat.  It's like E-Z Pass to me.  I think its more of a hassel to go digging for my pass so some half frozen liftie can scan it.

    Alex

    Lake Hopatcong, NJ
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    4aprice said:

    Anyone else agree with me that RFIDs are a pain-in-the-butt?  Perhaps they will be improved, but for now, I wouldn't categorize "installing an RFID system" as an improvement!


    Agreed, they make the lines move slower because they don't work if they aren't positioned perfectly.
    Example please.  I have never seen it when done properly, even at a place like Blue Mt in Pa where lines can be horrendous.  Almost every time I've seen people have trouble it's because they have something else in the pocket/area which they tell you specifically not to do.  No problems last year at Okemo, Solitude, Brighton or like I said Winter Park and Steamboat.  It's like E-Z Pass to me.  I think its more of a hassel to go digging for my pass so some half frozen liftie can scan it.

    Alex

    Lake Hopatcong, NJ

    Both times that I've skied at areas with RFID cards I've noticed it. Those areas were Ragged and Jay Peak.
    - Sam
  • slathamslatham advanced
    Posts: 121

    Anyone else agree with me that RFIDs are a pain-in-the-butt?  Perhaps they will be improved, but for now, I wouldn't categorize "installing an RFID system" as an improvement!

    Way better than scanners, so for Sugarbush its definitely an improvement!
  • riverc0ilriverc0il advanced
    Posts: 252
    I agree RFID is better than scanners. Scanners suck. 

    Jay had a rocky start with RFID but they got their RFID sensors fixed up and I can't recall the last time I've seen line issues caused by RFID. Chairs are always fully loaded in all of my visits during the last few years.

    The only RFID issue that pisses me off is places like Stowe that pork you for the cost of the RFID card. With enough areas doing that, you'll need to keep a business card wallet in your car during ski season for all the cards you may need to pay for. Thankfully, I think only Stowe is doing this though I may have read Bush is going that route too? Not sure but I thought I saw that somewhere.
  • ski_itski_it expert
    edited September 5 Posts: 1,648

    I agree with riverc0il's points. I hate scanners too. When there is no lift line and I want to just ski on to the lift, who wants to stop to be scanned? I usually just try to blow by them but someone in my group invariably stops or gets stopped. 

    Jay's wasn't good at first. Ragged's didn't work well, but they dumped it for some reason the season after I bought a card. I thought they all charged $5 for them included in the rate. Okemo's worked well for me as I recall no issues.

    ISNE-I Skied New England | NESAP-the New England Ski Area Project | SOSA-Saving Our Ski Areas - Location SW of Boston MA
  • bobbuttsbobbutts intermediate
    Posts: 95
    Back in the day some friends used to go to Killington without a ticket.  I had the ASC pass, so I didn't need to. If they could make it on one of the lower mtn. lifts then they could ride Canyon or other upper mtn lift all day since they only checked at the base lifts.

  • obienickobienick expert
    edited 8:20PM Posts: 852
    Sunday River has a new trail between Wildfire and Cascades. With snowmaking. Announced on Facebook today.

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