Originally Posted by iskitoofast4u
Nobody can pinpoint how much money fraud costs the industry, but Charles Culp, president of the ticket company Comptrol Systems, says simply: "It’s huge." Some studies estimate resorts lose up to 8 percent of ticket revenue to fraud. With roughly $2 billion in ticket sales last season, that would put the nationwide price tag at $160 million.
And guess who pays. Ski-industry executives estimate the cost of fraud could add more than 5 percent to ticket prices. Vail Senior Vice President William Jensen gives a smaller estimate for "deception" at his resort: 2 percent of ticket revenues, or about $1 million per year. Jensen (among the few executives willing to discuss theft) says roughly $1 of Vail’s $71 ticket price last season went to cover scamming.
There´s a fairly big resort in Austria near Innsbruck called Stubai. It´s four interconnected glaciers, 70 miles/700 hectares/1,730 acres of trails, 21 lifts, parking lots for 2,500 cars. In insider discussion they speak about as much as 20 percent, mostly from Germans (who are not worse than others but they make up most of their visitors), mostly from usage of children´s tickets (they are magnetic Skidata cards).
The fraud control wouldn´t be difficult: passing the gate the type of ticket shows on the display the lift crew is or may be watching.
They mostly let it be. You know why?
If they were too harsh and stepped against each culprit the resort would get a negative image and the guests "would go elsewhere". They prefer to accept the loss b/c the cheaters spend their money in the valley anyway. (Maybe in the restaurant also run by the company.) Sad but true.
As to the parents sharing one ticket:
parents with a baby in a babby carriage going skiing are most probably very enthusiatic skiers. They should be encouraged to do so. There´s a good chance they will raise a new generation of skier(s) or boarder(s) thus contributing to the natural regeneration process.