Whistler Blackcomb Introduces RFID Access

RFID ticket scanning arrives at Whistler Blackcomb resort

“Welcome to a new age!” That’s how Whistler Blackcomb is prefacing the news around its introduction of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) access to the resort for the 2014-2015 season.

All guests who visit Whistler Blackcomb during the 2014.15 Winter Season will receive a new RFID Access Card.

According to the published information, all Season Passes, EDGE Cards and Lift Tickets will include the new RFID chip starting this season. The upgrade is part of an overall $12-million investment in the resort. $6-million has already been spent on upgrading the cabins on the Whistler Village Gondola.

However, the new cards come with some ‘instructions’ which may make some people wary. For example, you must keep the card on the left side of your body, as that’s the side the scanners are located. You should also keep the new cards away from your cell phone or any aluminum, as it may interfere with the RFID chip. And that’s not all – Whistler Blackcomb also recommends not ‘hole punching’ your card as this could damage the antenna.

Whistler Mountain Bike Park riders already enjoying RFID access

The new RFID scanners have already been installed at the base of all lifts on both Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. Whistler Mountain Bike Park riders have been able to use the new cards since September 9th, 2014 via the Fitzsimmons Chair and at the Whistler Village Gondola. We think this will be a big plus. Fighting the pockets on your TLD shorts to find your pass can be a tricky task, often involving removing your gloves or getting a few jeers from your buddies.

Watch Whistler Blackcomb’s short video explaining how RFID access will work at the resort:

RFID Access – New for Winter 2014.15 from Whistler Blackcomb on Vimeo.

Whistler Blackcomb is encouraging Season Pass and EDGE Card holders to pick up the new RFID cards, free of charge, at Guest Services between 9am and 5pm.

More information, including an FAQ section, can be found in the Tickets & Passes section on the Whistler Blackcomb website.

Spirit Pass Prices Announced For 2013/14

Rates for the 2013-14 Spirit Passes have been announced by the Whistler Chamber of Commerce. Adult unlimited passes will cost $1,330 (plus $30 admin fee as well as 5% GST). Whistler and Pemberton employees who work at least 20 hours per week, for a business registered with the Chamber, will be eligible for the Spirit Pass upon completion of one of three applicable two-hour courses.

While there will be Early Bird season passes available, the Spirit passes represent a 16 per cent discount so it makes sense to grab one if you can. The passes come with a number of benefits, including discounts on many of summer activities, which should keep you busy through to September 2014.

Online registration opens for the Spirit Program on September 23, 2013. Details can be found on the Whistler Chamber of Commerce website.