Originally Posted by comprex
Non-skiing Yurp has chronically invested in RFID (and smart cards); the non-skiing US spent buckets of money on bar codes and optical bar code readers so the reinvestment is slower than you'd think. The Poles probably never had a bar code ticket system, and it's a lot easier to justify buying the latest and greatest if you don't have almost-as-good that's already paid for.
Going by my own very limited empirical evidence of places where both systems existed side by side, there is a good chance optical bar code still allows faster scanning per ticket scanned, with fewer distance and alignment problems.
The last two offices I worked in before leaving the US both had RFID badges for the doors, and I know my brother and his wife also worked in buildings with the same type of system. I didn't get the impression they were uncommon.
I would have thought a barcode system would be more inconvenient. With RFID, you just hold your arm (or chest if you don't have an arm pocket) somewhere near the machine and it recognizes the pass. With a scanner, you have to remove the pass from your pocket or have it attached in a place that is exposed or visible so you can scan it. Removing it from a pocket is obviously inconvenient, and having it exposed increases the risk of surface damage or dirt/snow buildup that prevents the barcode from being read.
That's just me theorizing though. If resorts have already spent loads on barcode scanners, there's no need to spend more to get RFID. Personally though, I would have gone straight for the RFID, mainly because I don't trust people to be able to carry something securely while also having it in an exposed or visible location. I assume people are idiots, so I'd go with whatever is more idiot-proof.
Originally Posted by ecimmortal
People are rude douchebags with no concern for their fellow snowriders.
And how does that differ from their behavior on the slopes? Do you think the presence of a liftie would change their behavior in the lines/queues/disorganized mass of people? From what I've seen, people who are willing to act like an ass in front of dozens of other people would not be disuaded by the presence of an apathetic liftie who most likely wouldn't do anything more than give a disapproving look.
Maybe roping off separate lines for each spot on the chair would help, but I wouldn't get my hopes up.