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:
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.