This winter, season pass holders at Vail Resorts will provide crowdsourced, real-time wait times for ski lifts offered via smartphone app. Vail Resorts says that an update to its EpicMix smartphone app will collect data from the RFID-enabled season passes which skiers carry at the resort.
The app will operate much like apps showing traffic flow, such as Google Maps. Using sophisticated analytics to aggregated, anonymous location data generated by smartphones and other mobile devices across the distinct topography and layout of the resorts’ chairlifts, the app will calculate reliable wait time information for guests. Vail claims that such a feature is a first for the ski industry.
According to the Denver Post, the crowdsourced wait time technology will be available for 55 core lifts and gondolas at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, and Keystone. Vail Resorts plans to deploy the technology at resorts in Utah and California in the 2016-17 season as well.