“Fast Tracks” Lift Lines Headed To Ski Resorts This Season
Resort Owner POWDR Announces Fast Tracks Pass at 4 of its Resorts
Disneyland has long been touted as “The Happiest place on Earth.” Many winter lovers would disagree and say that any day sliding down snow, is truly the happiest place on earth. Either way, the two now have something in common, “Fast Tracks.”
On Monday, adventure lifestyle company POWDR announced the launch of their Fast Tracks program, touted as “an upgradeable express lift access experience to maximize guests’ time on-mountain.” The long and short of it: Pay more and you get to cut the lift line and head to the front. The Fast Tracks program will be available this season at Copper Mountain in Colorado, Killington Resort in Vermont, Mt. Bachelor in Oregon, and Snowbird in Utah.
How To Get In Line For The Front Of The Line
The Fast Tracks add-on will be available to everyone visiting participating resorts; day ticket holders, ticket pack holders, resort pass holders and Ikon Pass holders. Not all lifts will have Fast Track lanes, and will target most popular lifts at each mountain resort to help mitigate congestion.
The passes can be purchased in advance starting November 1st, as well as at the resort day of, or anytime via smartphone. The actual cost will vary. Powdr’s press release stated starting at $49 per day. Prices will vary by mountain, however. Snowbird has already announced this special access in Little Cottonwood Canyon will start at $69. In addition, pricing will fluctuate based on peak periods, days of the week and holidays.
The Bottom Line On Cutting The Line
It’s too soon to tell if a pay-to-play add-on, like Fast Tracks, will snowball downhill and become the norm. But, one thing we do know is… this isn’t new. In fact, Copper Mountain had such lanes in seasons before the pandemic. Savvy skiers had also recently caught on that buying a private lesson on peak days was a way to beat holiday crowds.
And resorts all over have offered season pass holders ‘dawn patrol days’ for first access to the freshest snow for years. So in some ways this seemed like a logical next step to offer more people, more skiing. Will this decision help mitigate crowds and offer guests the best way to maximize the on-mountain experience? Would a return to a reservation system or capping lift ticket sales be the better option? One thing we do know for sure… Just like winter, Fast Tracks is coming, and it will be here very soon.