WINDHAM MOUNTAIN RESORT TO INSTALL HIGH SPEED SIX PASSENGER LIFT & IMPLEMENT RFID TICKETING FOR 2018/2019 SEASON
Windham Mountain, Windham, NY
A brand new, high speed, detachable six passenger chairlift will be installed at Windham Mountain Resort this summer. The new Doppelmayr lift will run from the base area to the summit, replacing the current Whistler Triple, better known as “F Lift”. It will have a slope length of 5,105 feet, and an uphill capacity of 3,000 people per hour. The ride from base to summit on the new lift will be just under five and a half minutes.
Removal of “F Lift” will begin in April and installation of the new lift in May. Whirlwind Express (A Lift), the high speed, detachable quad that runs alongside “F Lift”, will remain in place and will run this summer, servicing the Windham Mountain Bike Park and skyrides. The Bike Park opens for the season Memorial Day Weekend and will be unaffected by the construction.
The new lift will be accompanied by state of the art lift access, with the addition of RFID ticketing and gates for the 2018/2019 season. The “Axess” radio-frequency identification technology will eliminate the need for guests to present their lift ticket or season pass to a lift attendant prior to loading all base area lifts. RFID Cards can be reloaded via a home computer or smartphone, and can be used season after season.
“RFID ticketing is essentially ‘EZ-Pass for skiers’. It will provide easier access to lifts and more accurate scanning of tickets and passes, helping skiers and riders get on the mountain faster, skipping the ticket windows and lift line scanning process.” said Chip Seamans, General Manager of Windham Mountain Resort.
All guests will now have the option to sign up for Resort Charge, by attaching a credit card account to their RFID card. This eliminates the need to carry cash or a credit card on the mountain. Resort Charge is accepted at all Windham Mountain Resort operated restaurants, eateries and retail locations.
The new chairlift and RFID system represent $6.5M in capital already invested toward the 2018/2019 Winter Season at Windham Mountain Resort. More details on installation progress and a name for the new lift will follow.
Guests are invited to become a 2018/2019 Season Passholder at the annual Season Passholder Party on Saturday, March 17th, when the best rates on passes will be offered for one day only. Passholders will enjoy a complimentary buffet and live music at the party.