RFID Technology

Lift tickets purchased at the ticket window are loaded on an RFID GO Card. Once you have a GO Card, you can reload it online anytime. Not only will it save you money, but you’ll never have to wait in line to buy a ticket again!

849fbdfdafb542a0940d19a49312edbeWhat is RFID?

RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification Device. The ‘device’ is a small circuit that is integrated into your GO Card, which contains information pertaining to your lift ticket or Season Pass. When you approach the access gate, the circuit in your card will register and open the gate automatically and away you go.

GO Card & Season Pass Tips:

  • Put GO Card or Season Pass in a pocket by itself – this is very important! It will scan through your clothes so no need to get it out once you’re at the mountain
  • Carry only ONE GO Card, Season Pass or RFID card at a time
  • You can reload your GO Card at the ticket window but in order to receive the discount you must reload it online.
  • GO Cards & Season Passes are non-refundable
  • Tickets loaded on GO Card & Season Passes you load during the regular winter season expire April 19, 2015

RFID Q & A:

Q: Why RFID technology?

Answer: There are many guest benefits to RFID technology. First and foremost it gives hands-free access to our lifts. Once you have the Card you will be able to reload the card online at any time of day, without having to wait in any ticket lines. The reloadable Card will last multiple seasons, this way you can simply purchase/reload your ticket (GO card) or Season Pass and use it season after season.

Q: What is RFID? Radio Frequency Identification  

Answer: RFID is a small circuit integrated into your GO Card or Season Pass. When you pass through the lift line, this circuit will register and open an access gate automatically.

Q: Where should I carry my RFID access card?

Answer: You must put your RFID access card on the left side of jacket and in a separate pocket from things such as: cell phone, iPod, credit cards or any foil wrapped items such as gum wrappers, cold medicine etc.

Q: What information is stored on RFID Cards?

Answer: Each RFID tag physically contains only the randomly generated number associated with each unique user profile. No personal or additional information is stored on individual RFID tags.

Q: Can RFID be used to access my personal information?

Answer: Each unique RFID tag contains a WTP number randomly associated with a user profile. This profile is kept as a secure component of our online store and user database, and will not be accessible to other guests or employees.

Q: Are there any other concerns associated with RFID?

Answer: We are employing Passive RFID technology which does not radiate any RF energy, but simply reflects it. As a result, the passive RFID does not contribute any additional RF energy into the surrounding environment.

Q: Can I punch a hole in my RFID GO Card or Season Pass?

Answer: No, holes must never be punched in GO Cards or Season passes. The card has an antenna embedded that surrounds the embedded RFID chip. Any damage to the surrounding antenna will render the card inactive and must be replaced at a replacement fee.

Q: Can a magnet destroy an RFID tag?

Answer: No. The chip information is not stored magnetically. Use of a magnet or other erasing devices has no effect whatsoever on the chip.

Q: Can chips ‘survive’; in pieces of clothing, washing machines and dryers?

Answer: Yes. RFID chips are designed in such a way as to survive normal wear and tear for years, washing and drying included. The RFID access card may turn blue as the thermal ink may be activated by the extreme heat however it will still work at the lift.

Q: Will RFID technology interfere with my other wireless technology?

Answer: The radio frequencies used by RFID are assigned by regulatory agencies around the world to help ensure that no interference occurs.

Q: What do I do if I lose my GO Card or Season pass?

Answer: Notify Guest Services immediately and they will deactivate your old card and reissue you a new card or pass (replacement fees do apply).

Q: What about RFID & Pacemakers?

Answer:  RFID is the acronym for “radio frequency identification”.  Devices many of us use everyday function with radio frequencies and electromagnetic fields, such as radio units, cordless or cell phones, or wireless networks.  RFID readers are electronic devices that produce an electromagnetic field like any other electronic device used for hands-free technology.  Based on research, there is no known health risk of interaction between RFID readers and pacemakers.  However, if you wear a pacemaker, you should consult with your physician and refer to the manufacturer’s recommendations for your specific device, as you would with any electronic device.  Out of an abundance of caution, we recommend that guests with pacemakers not wear the lift access media card near their heart when passing through RFID gates.  We also recommend that guests not linger close to RFID readers, maintaining a distance of at least 8 to 12 inches from RFID readers while in line and when passing through the gate.

*If you wear a pacemaker or other medical implant and prefer not to pass through the RFID gate, please alert our validation staff at the lift and you will be given alternative direction for lift access.