Skiers and riders can expect to see new pass scanners on upper mountain lifts at Aspen Highlands this year.
Aspen Skiing Company is investing nearly a quarter of a million dollars to install turnstile gates at Loge Peak and Cloud Nine lifts. Highlands has seen an influx of uphill traffic in recent years, and some of those people then jump on upper-mountain lifts to ski, without buying a ticket. Rich Burkley is vice president of mountain operations at Aspen Skiing Company.
“You need a pass to access a lift, and this is just more of that tracking,” Burkley said.
SkiCo plans to install gates at all upper mountain lifts in upcoming years. In addition to assuring that all riders have a ticket, the machines can track what lifts skiers are using and when, which can help identify future improvements.