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Check your lift queuing time in Vail Resorts with Epic Mix

 

Vail Resorts’ innovative work on their EpicMix app has improved again as skiers and snowboarders in Breckenridge, Keystone, Vail and Beaver Creek will be able to check lift queue wait times from their phones this winter.

Up to date queuing times

‘EpicMix Time’ will be the first version of the app and will display up-to-the-minute chairlift and gondola queue waiting times for 55 lifts.

There are plans to expand ‘EpicMix Time’ to all the other resorts in the Vail Resorts stable after this initial pilot programme in Colorado.

Future developments lined up include adding waiting times for mountain restaurants and rental shops.

Testing in Perisher this summer

Vail Resorts is currently testing the new technology in Australia at Perisher Ski Resort, which was acquired by the company earlier this year.

“Providing real-time lift line wait times is a first for the ski industry,” said Robert Urwiler of Vail Resorts.

The system works in a similar way to apps showing traffic flow, like Google Maps or Waze. Vail Resorts will use aggregated anonymous location data from smart phones fed into a complex analytics programme to calculate the wait-time information.

The use of location data from phones to determine population flow has already been used successfully at JFK airport in New York and in Disneyland.

Fifth year of Epic Mix

The EpicMix service from Vail Resorts was introduced in 2010. It uses an RFID-based system, allowing skiers and snowboarders to track their time on the mountain and share via social media.

The RFID chip in lift tickets tracks the total vertical feet covered, number of lifts taken and other useful data.

Developments that have followed since then include EpicMix Photo (free digital photos), EpicMix Racing (amateur racing stats), and EpicMix Academy (info & goals for guests doing ski school), and EpicMix Challenges (allowing you to compete against friends on the mountain).

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