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Why punch holes in lift tickets?

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Anyone know why some resorts punch holes in lift tickets? I don't see the point lol...I must be missing something right?

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30+ years ago we lifties punched tickets. We were given stories as to why we had to punch. Sometimes it was a priority, sometimes not. It seemed like make work to get us to verify that there was a valid ticket.

Maybe it helped to indicate that the skier had actually used a lift. If something came up, the punches would show the skier had used the ticket and was not eligible for a refund. Different lifts had different punches and sometimes we had to punch every use - I'm not sure why that was tracked or if it was even tracked.

I must not have done it right as they usually made me load skis onto the gondola instead. I didn't last long as a liftie. Poverty sucks. I skied more when I got an engineering job in the Bay Area and skied long weekends. 

Eric 

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I can recall multi-day tickets where they punched them to indicate how many days you had used and how many days you had remaining on the multi-day ticket.

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Where do they punch lift tickets.....?

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Where do they punch lift tickets.....?

It used to be more common, before bar code scanners or rfid.  It was never universal -- some days they'd do it, not others.   Just one punch or one per lift (different shape holes) was more common than every lap.  In a cynical moment I wonder if it was just to make sure the lifties were paying attention.

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Where do they punch lift tickets.....?

 

At Wolf Creek.

 

No electronic scanners.  I was very confused when I picked up my season pass, and along with it, they gave me wicket ticket. "Huh? But, you just gave me my pass?"  They then explained that the routine was to show your pass at the ticket window for them to give you your wicket ticket, which the liftie then punches. 

 

It was like stepping back to 1985.

 

They also write your season pass number on the ticket. So lifties know you as "744" rather then "Frank."

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Where do they punch lift tickets.....?

 

Deer Valley still punches tickets too.

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