Skiers will soon be flying up and down the hills at Granite Peak Ski Area even faster.
The ski resort is installing a new system that will allow skiers and snowboarders to simply place a key card in their jacket pocket, which will be read by machines and allow access to the lifts, said John Keefe, who manages all ski operations in North America for SKIDATA.
SKIDATA provides entry management for ski resorts across the world, as well as stadiums, amusement parks, convention centers and parking management, according to information from the company.
Keefe said the new technology will make skiing and snowboarding more enjoyable for visitors this year by eliminating the ticket flapping around on your jacket or having to take your gloves off to get the ticket from inside your coat. With the new system, the turnstiles will recognize the key card from inside the skier’s jacket and automatically open to let the person through. The system will also cut back on the number of employees needed at the gates, he said.
For those with season passes, the key cards will be able to be connected to a credit card, allowing guests to pay for their meals in the chalets with just a tap of the pass, Keefe said. And for single-day skiers, the pass can be reloaded at home, meaning that customers can skip the line at the ticket office and get straight to a day of fun on the slopes, he said.
SKIDATA will install 23 turnstiles at Granite Peak this October, Keefe said, and the system will be up and running by the time ski season starts this November.