- Jun 4, 2004
- NEK by Birth
Looks like someone might have used a FastPass at Oktoberfest. Uh oh......
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We will achieve this by having very limited quantities of Fast Tracks available daily, generally less than 2% of total skiers.
I don't support the program, but I think folks getting as pissed as they are is a little amusing.
That's going to be in the next "clarification" message.Less than 2% of total skiers huh, maybe they should just rename Fast Track tickets ,"1%'ers".
Oh.....wait.... no that's probably not the branding they want here.
That's going to be in the next "clarification" message.
And why make everyone angry when only 2% of your clientele would even use this stupid thing?
An interesting point that was made on KZone was that POWDR did not announce this "improvement"--it was revealed indirectly via the WSJ and then other media outlets before POWDR made the initial announcement. Weird.I guess they miscalculated.
Overall I think the idea here is to appeal to a higher spending crowd, not so much for the fast tracks add on revenue, but the other things those folks might buy.
Perhaps it's 7-8 figure slopeside real estate. Maybe they wouldn't consider buying real estate like that at a place like Killington because of how busy it is. But, if you can cut the line? Not a bad option.
There are other areas in life that improve your experience over the masses for a fee. I've got a friend with club season tickets to the Patriots. A huge benefit to it is devoted parking with 15 minutes or less departure after the game vs waiting hours.
I'm kinda of the opposite of those high dollar folks. Much of the time, I just assume ski a Mom and pop type place to avoid the mess all together. Appreciation for such has only grown with the Epics and Ikons buying everything up.
Using your math -adding 30 people onto a lift with a capacity of 2500/hr is a 1.2% increase. In other words no increase. There is way more traffic on lifts from seasonal programs, ski school daily lessons, and, for some lifts, racing. This is a non-issue.I disagree. I think it will be small, but not insignificant.
What's interesting in Mike's note is he said it'll be capped at roughly 2% of daily skier visits. On Killington's most insane Saturday of the year that's roughly 15,000 people. That's 300 people with a Fast Pass. 10 lifts at Killinton will have Fast Pass lanes. Let's go conservative and say 250/300 of those people will be skiing at a time...that's 25 Fast Pass people per lift. That's not exactly insignificant. Going conservative again we'll say it takes 10 minutes for a lift ride up and 10 minutes to get down... that's a Fast Tracks person entering the lift queue roughly every 45 seconds. So in a 20 minute lift line you'll see about 30 people cut in front of you.
Using your math -adding 30 people onto a lift with a capacity of 2500/hr is a 1.2% increase. In other words no increase. There is way more traffic on lifts from seasonal programs, ski school daily lessons, and, for some lifts, racing. This is a non-issue.
It should be noted they don't just show up n the fast pass lane and get right on. K is saying that lane has to alternate with all the others. So it's not an immediate load when you are in front of the fast lane. Not defending the move, just trying to clarify it a bit.30 people in a 20 minute period. 90 people in an hour. To me it's a small deal but not insignificant.
It will be a big deal when they sell a bunch of these passes on a mid-winter weekend and then have half the lifts down for ice or wind. Or on zero degree weekends when all the Fast Pass people are lapping the few enclosed lifts.
That would be great. But would you pay an extra $20 or $30 a day for that perk? Wait, if not Power someone else is bound to try that.What would be nice for lodges is either allowing ordering food online and then you just walk in and pick up your order or calling ahead to reserve a table a run or 2 before you come in.
3.2% - still insignificant. All they have to do is reduce the number of empty slots going up the line when they blend the fast past holders into the line.30 people in a 20 minute period. 90 people in an hour. To me it's a small deal but not insignificant.
Now you are talking about situations that might not happen.It will be a big deal when they sell a bunch of these passes on a mid-winter weekend and then have half the lifts down for ice or wind. Or on zero degree weekends when all the Fast Pass people are lapping the few enclosed lifts.