The IoT Goes Skiing: Vail Debuts IoT-Enabled Slopes

Vail Resorts’ smartphone app will provide skiers with real-time information about lines at the lifts.

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A 1st for the ski industry, crowdsourced, real-time wait times for ski lifts offered via smartphone app. Vail Resorts says that an update to its EpicMix smartphone app will collect data from the RFID-enabled season passes skiers carry at the resort. It’s one of the most ambitious efforts yet to bring Waze-style crowdsourced location data into the sports and vacation spheres.  “Similar to apps showing traffic flow, like Google Maps or Waze, we’re applying unique and sophisticated analytics to aggregated, anonymous location data generated by smartphones and other mobile devices across the distinct topography and layout of our chairlifts to calculate reliable wait time information for our guests.”   –  According to the Denver Post, the crowdsourced wait time technology will be available for 55 core lifts and gondolas at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, and Keystone. Vail Resorts plans to deploy the technology at resorts in Utah and California in the 2016-17 season as well.

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