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Crystal Mountain Installs new technology for chairlift access

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Crystal Mountain is Michigan's first ski resort to give up metal wickets and sticky paper for chairlift access with the installation of a radio frequency identification device (RFID) ticketing and gate system.

The new system will get skiers and snowboarders on the slopes faster and provide a safer ticket option. Guests will be able to purchase lift tickets online and receive an RFID card that will allow them to reload lift tickets or season passes onto that same card via their mobile phone or computers all season long. You pick up the credit card-sized pass up once and then enjoy a safe, touchless, cashless option to buying a lift pass for the remainder of the season. The card is set up to be used year after year, which helps reduce waste.

“Safety is our priority,” said resort CEO John Melcher. “The new improvements will enhance the guest experience and safety this winter. No more maintaining safer distance by reducing queuing at ticket windows. They place the pass in their jackets or pants pockets and go directly to the chairlifts where the chip in the card will automatically be scanned at a gate allowing the guest to load.”

Crystal also recently instituted a four-pronged approach to keeping the air cleaner and safer in the resort's indoor spaces. Air scrubbers using NASA technology were installed in heating and cooling systems in the main lodge, spa, fitness center, and other public spaces. It also upgraded air handling filter systems, rolled portable air filters into rooms, and increased fresh air flow into indoor public spaces.

Season passes are currently on sale and include unlimited access, midweek, and a Sunday season pass. Sundays through October the resort offers scenic mountain bike tours of their extensive mountain bike trail system and the DNR Betsie River Pathway with an access trail. The cost for the tour is $29, which includes a rental bike and helmet, or $10 if you bring your own equipment.

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