Vail Resorts Introduces Forecasted Lift Wait Times So Skiers and Snowboarders Can Maximize Their Time on the Slopes

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Vail Resorts will be forecasting lift line wait times at its resorts this season on its EpicMix app to help skiers and snowboarders avoid long waits on the mountain. |  Photo courtesy of Reddit

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.

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.

New this season, EpicMix Time will display forecasts of lift line wait times allowing you to spend more time skiing and riding. | Photo courtesy of Vail Resorts

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3 thoughts on “Vail Resorts Introduces Forecasted Lift Wait Times So Skiers and Snowboarders Can Maximize Their Time on the Slopes

  1. Vail resorts don’t care one tiny bit about customer satisfaction, it’s all about profit. Jam as many people on the mountain to maximize Revinue, food , retail sales , rentals , paid parking. Vote with your wallet. You just paid $300.00 for a lift ticket and now they are telling you to wait in the lodge for the optimal time to get on the chairlift ? Basically they don’t care if you actually get on a chairlift or not . Vote with your wallet. Alta limits the the amount of ticket sales and once they have sold out they close the ticket window. It’s about service and customer satisfaction at Alta . Vote with your wallet.

  2. Look at all the Sheeple!

    All you epic pass, super pass, turbo pass ppl are part of the problem. Congrats on doing exactly what the Corporate puppet masters wanted you to do.

    Cheap monster pack pass = long lift lines and crowded slopes = lots and lots of money made from the real estate development on the land acquired when they bought the mountain

    Corporate Ski Resort Model Playbook

  3. I will never buy another Epic Pass, in my opinion they are a bunch of thieves…they have $900.00 of mine that they will not give a refund on…

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