RFID Access at Whistler Blackcomb Starting Winter 2014/15
Visitors to Whistler Blackcomb this year will be using exciting new technology to access the mountains. Season Pass, EDGE Cards and lift tickets will all be loaded onto new RFID Access Cards. The new Access Cards will work to automatically open the lift access control gates that will be installed at all lifts and gondolas.
RFID Access - Frequently Asked Questions
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.
New Cabins For The Whistler Village Gondola For Winter 2014/15
Whistler Blackcomb continues to develop its lift and gondola system into the 2014/15 season with a $12 million investment aimed at improving the customer experience.
Having uploaded many a happy Whistler-goer for 26 years, the Whistler Village Gondola is getting an upgrade in the form of brand new, "Diamond" level cabins. Storing skis and snowboards on the outside these cabins will provide more space on the inside whilst offering more comfortable seating and a smoother ride overall. Also, additional cabins mean that the upload capacity will increase by 12%.
Whistler Blackcomb's New Lifts from Winter 2013/14
Winter 2013/14 saw two of our favourite lifts upgraded, as well as new snowmaking equipment added:
Harmony 6 Express - Whistler Mountain
The Harmony high-speed quad chair on Whistler Mountain has been replaced with a new high-speed chairlift capable of transporting 6 people on each chair.
- Carrying capacity has been lifted by 50 percent from 2,400 skiers per hour to 3,600
- New lift follows the same alignment, servicing terrain from the edge of Symphony Amphitheatre over to Glacier Bowl
Crystal Ridge Express - Blackcomb Mountain
The Crystal Zone has undergone a dramatic transformation with the old fixed-grip triple chair replaced by a high-speed quad chairlift with a radically different aspect.
- The bottom terminal of the new chair is located at a lower elevation on Blackcomb Glacier Road
- The new lift simplifies access to the Crystal Zone, eliminating the need to use the Excelerator Chair to access many Crystal Zone favourites such as Ridge Runner, Rock ’N’ Roll and gladed trails including Outer Limits
- Return access to the Glacier Express Chair is also faster, allowing quicker access to the Horstman Glacier, Blackcomb Glacier and Spanky’s Ladder
- Skier carrying capacity has improved by 65 per cent to 2,400 skiers per hour
Crystal Zone Snowmaking Upgrades
To complement the opening of the new Crystal Chairlift, Whistler Blackcomb has invested in extensive snowmaking infrastructure for the Crystal Zone. The upgrade ensures excellent early and late season coverage in the popular area, and boost the mid-mountain skiing options on Blackcomb Mountain.