Powder day. Crowds. You know the story.
Beginning in December, Vail Resorts will introduce full-day forecasts of lift line wait times in its EpicMix app, spaced in 15-minute increments at 12 of the company’s resorts. According to Travel + Leisure, the service will use data collected from the EpicMix App and will be available at Whistler Blackcomb, Vail Mountain, Beaver Creek Resort, Breckenridge Ski Resort, Keystone Resort, Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Park City Mountain, Heavenly Ski Resort, Northstar California, Kirkwood Mountain Resort, Stowe Mountain Resort, and Okemo Mountain Resort.
The forecast will be generated daily from both historic and actual wait time data for specific lifts combined with guest counts, wait times at other lifts, day of the week, current snowfall, and time of the season, according to Travel + Leisure. Vail Resorts said its new technology will use machine learning, meaning that the forecasts will only improve in accuracy as as time goes by. The future is now; hopefully, that means we as skiers and snowboarders can better minimize time spent standing in the lift line at Vail-owned resorts this winter.
Take the lift less traveled this winter with a NEW version of EpicMix Time coming in Dec. that provides a full-day forecast of lift line wait times at your fingertips so you can make the most of your time on the snow. Download and explore the EpicMix app: https://t.co/tOtr7vhlWR pic.twitter.com/ontE8GQXfn
— VailResorts (@VailResorts) November 18, 2021
Vail Resorts (whose Epic Pass is one of the best deals in skiing) announced earlier this year that it would limit lift ticket sales at each of its North American resorts during three of the most popular periods: Dec. 25 to Jan. 2, Jan. 14 to Jan. 17, and Feb. 18 to Feb. 27. Pass holders won’t be impacted.
Vail Resorts also won’t require mountain reservations this year and will load lifts and gondolas at full capacity. The company will require masks in all public indoor settings, including restaurants and restrooms, but won’t mandate them in lift lines or on chairlifts and gondolas, as reported by Travel + Leisure.
As ski season looms the Epic Pass, which is currently on sale for $819, is set to go up in price on Nov. 21.