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post #1 of 19
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I seem to be buying a $4 retractable "zip line" style holder at least every season or so. It does make for handy storage and convenient for the lifties, but the breakage factor has me looking for something new for next year. Any favorites out there you're willing to share?

 

 

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I seem to be buying a $4 retractable "zip line" style holder at least every season or so. It does make for handy storage and convenient for the lifties, but the breakage factor has me looking for something new for next year. Any favorites out there you're willing to share?

 

 


I use an arm band style holder on my leg, just above my boot
 

post #3 of 19

I just use a key ring through a hole in the pass and attach it to a zipper pull, etc (wherever I would attach a lift ticket). 

post #4 of 19

My Oakley jacket has a special clear plastic holder that is 'sprung' into the sleeve area. If they want to see your pass you just pull it out, show them and it recoils right back into the sleeve....

post #5 of 19

Another vote for the key ring. I don't trust those zip lines, either. Mine broke this winter and I lost my pass. Luckily, someone turned it in so I got it back.  

post #6 of 19

I use one of those fabric strap loops that go around the neck and have a clip at the end for the ticket. It was a freebie that came with my Winter Park FourPass a couple of years ago.

post #7 of 19

Key ring through pass, carabiner through key ring. Clip to beltloop. Easy to move to whatever you're wearing today.

post #8 of 19

I mostly wore a Cloudveil ZeroG parka this season and it has a dedicated built-in upside down fabric pocket just above the left elbow for my season pass, which clips to an internal springlike plastic cord via a nice stainless steel clip. The pass hangs halfway out of its upside down pocket and most of the pass's bar code is exposed, and if not it's real easy for the liftie to pull the pass out a little further to scan it. This works way better for me than the clear plastic pockets I've tried in the past, as the optical scanner often can't see the bar code on the pass well enough through the clear plastic material.

 

Before making tree runs I tuck the pass all the way up into the upside down pocket and press the pocket's velcro closure shut. This is the most ingenius pass feature I have used - hats off to Cloudveil!

 

BTW, is any area using RFID technology rather than optical bar codes yet?

post #9 of 19

 

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BTW, is any area using RFID technology rather than optical bar codes yet?

Stevens Pass. 

 

Causes a bit of a clusterf*ck at the turnstiles when folks put their pass next to their cellphones or when the reader inexplicably goes down.  On the other hand, it's nice to just put it in my arm pocket and forget about it. 

post #10 of 19

 

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BTW, is any area using RFID technology rather than optical bar codes yet?


Alta does.  Pass can be in any pocket between knee and chest height (and away from keys, cell phones, etc).  I am sure there must be other ski areas doing it too -- it's a great idea.

post #11 of 19

  

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Causes a bit of a clusterf*ck at the turnstiles when folks put their pass next to their cellphones or when the reader inexplicably goes down. 


You want to see a revolt, try front row at Alta on a powder morning when somebody jams up a gate because of a cell phone in their pocket, etc...  It's already enough of a powder frenzy as it is.  I actually went from 2nd in line to first chair once because of a RFID traffic jam.  See ya suckers! 

 

post #12 of 19

Sugarloaf gives out retractable holders for each season pass. only problem is they broke. Mine has 2 and Iv been lucky to see it break. my dads broke and he had to pay $50 for a new pass. Next year, im going to duck tape the little bugger to my helmet! 

post #13 of 19

Most of the bigger Euro resorts use RFID on their passes. They charge an extra €5 up front, but you get that back at the end of your trip (whether it's a day or a week or whatever)

post #14 of 19

We've converted to magnetic passes. No more need for the retractable (called "yo-yo" here, after the toy)

post #15 of 19

My ski pants have a cargo pocket flap with a pass window built in. 

 

Mt Bachelor uses RFID. Nifty benefit: you can track lift rides from their website. Pass can be completely/safely zipped into a pocket. I think the RFID passes are faster/more efficient than the optical scan passes.

post #16 of 19

I use a lanyard that I wear around my neck. Stuff it under my shirt when I'm not using it... Though, in Whistler you only need it once or twice per day (ie. taking any of the gondolas or buying lunch)

post #17 of 19

Aspen also has the RFID passes. It's so much nicer and quicker. 

post #18 of 19

I keep both my Copper and Vail Resorts passes on the same key ring to which I've attached one of North Face's clippy things that is interchangeable within many of their pants/coats so I can move the passes to whichever pants/coat I'm wearing and just clip in.  I prefer my pants pocket though.   I've actually done the same with my keys too.  Vail resorts have gone to RFID and I really hope Copper does soon. It would make life coaching little guys so much easier if I didn't have to dig out their pass ever time. 

post #19 of 19

Heh, I show my pass to the ticket checker at the beginning of the season, after that they might ask my pass number for a couple days until they have it memorized. I love skiing The Bowl.

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