Skifields go hi-tech


NZSki has “revolutionised” its season and day passes with a world-first ticketing system.


Instead of skiers and boarders fishing around for passes inside ski gear to access lifts, this winter a fancy new micro-chipped radio-frequency ID system in the passes will be read through clothing.


NZSki’s system, similar to tickets used on many North American and European mountains, will become the world’s first fully-integrated “stored value card”.


Skiers and riders can independently load credit onto the card via the NZSki website to buy day passes, rental and lessons at either Coronet Peak, The Remarkables or Mt Hutt. It can also be linked to a credit card to pay for day passes, food, snow gear and lessons.


The new system is also expected to “virtually eliminate” fraudulent season pass use and people skiing or boarding without passes.


“Lift access will be streamlined as the passes are electronically checked when skiers and boarders pass through specially-designed gantries,” NZSki boss James Coddington says.


“Season pass holders will enjoy being able to leave their pass in a pocket without having to produce it for checking each time they access a lift.


“After collecting their pass this year, they will be able to directly reload season passes in future years, subject to rules around changing and updating photos.


“All relevant information, including images, will come up on a screen which lifties can easily check without having to request people to produce their pass.”