What is RFID?
RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification Device, a small circuit that can store the information about your lift ticket, Season Pass or EDGE Card. This tiny circuit is integrated into a plastic, wallet sized card – your new Access Card.
What’s so special about these cards?
The new cards will allow entry to all the lifts and gondolas on Whistler and Blackcomb mountains via the newly installed Access Gates. You don’t have to pull the Access Card out of your pocket to be scanned – the RFID circuit in your card will register with the gates, and they will open automatically. Like magic! The cards can be reloaded and reused season after season, and used with Resort Charge to buy things on the mountain as well.
What do the cards look like?
The cards look very similar to the current Seasons Pass and Edge cards – similar in size and shape to a credit card, with your photograph on the front. The main difference is the technology inside the card - the RFID chip, and the antenna it uses to ‘talk’ to the gates.
Where do I keep my card?
This is important! All the RFID scanners will be located on the left hand side as you approach the lift, so it is important you keep the card in a pocket on the left side of your body. Given the height of the scanners, a jacket pocket is the ideal place to put a card. Be sure to keep your cell phone, music players and other items in a separate pocket away from the card, as they could interfere with the signal.
Can I carry multiple cards through the gate, like my kids card?
No, because the cards may not work properly. Each member of your family should carry their own card, secured in their jacket on the left hand side.
If I buy a sightseeing only ticket for the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola Alpine Experience, will I need a new RFID card?
No. The tickets for the PEAK 2 PEAK Alpine Experience will remain as printed paper tickets for the time being.
What do I do if I lose my Ticket, EDGE Card or Season Pass?
Let Whistler Blackcomb Guest Services know immediately. They will deactivate your old card and reissue you a new card or pass ($5 replacement fee applies).
Does this mean I’ll need to get a new Season’s Pass or EDGE Card?
Due to the integration of the new RFID technology, all current cards will need to be replaced. If you have already prepurchased a card in spring, a new one will be mailed to you in the fall.