In an effort to help guests get the most runs out of their ski day, several major North American ski resorts use BlipTrack to measure and display live lift wait times. Skiers can use the real-time information to better navigate the mountain and make the most out of their ski and ride experience.

Long lines at the ski lifts? The uncertainty around how long the process will take weighs heavily on the mind, particularly when confronted with what appears to be a lot of skiers in front of you.

To help put lift lines in perspective and eliminate guesswork about how long to wait, 9 major North American ski resorts, including the 4 largest, has turned to BlipTrack technology to measure, calculate and present lift wait times.

The live wait times are presented on the ski resorts´ mobile app. It allows skiers to make informed decisions, such as choosing lifts with shorter wait times or taking alternate routes if available, thus improving use of the available capacity around the resort. The wait times are continuously updated, in line with the actual behaviour of skiers, so, by considering their route, they themselves are helping to alleviate congestion.

The distribution of skiers ultimately helps reduce bottlenecks and wait times, increasing the opportunity for a positive experience, resulting in happier guests who are more likely to return. The crowd-sourced data also enables the resorts to notify staffing if areas are becoming congested, so they can identify and rectify bottlenecks before they escalate.

“We are happy to be part of the resorts´ goal to provide the best possible guest experience. It is very exciting to work with ski resorts, and to use data to both improve existing facilities and to measure the effect of new projects. Taking the guesswork and anecdotes out of guest satisfaction, and replacing it with measurable effects”, says Peter Knudsen, CEO at BLIP Systems.

Historic data help guests plan ahead.

Besides providing real-time lift wait times, the historic data for each day of previous winter seasons, including holidays and daily snowfall totals, is now being used to give guests full visibility on actual lift line data, so they can make the most of their day on the mountain during their next trip. 

The goal is to help guests migrate to shorter, less congested lift lines. Using previous seasons data, it allows the resorts to be predictive in understanding how lines will form across thousands of acres of terrain, which is helpful in reminding guests that there is always some place to ski without crowds. The data has also helped the resorts identify where to invest in additional lift upgrades.

The solution works 24/7 in any kind of weather, including fog, heavy snow, rain and more. The crowd-sourced information is measured both in simple T-lifts to large base areas, with queues extending into public streets.

Besides ensuring that winter sports enthusiasts experience a quick and easy passage at ski-lifts, BlipTrack is also employed in reducing passenger wait times at more than 25 international airports including New York, Cincinnati, San Diego and Amsterdam. In addition, the solution is being used in optimisation efforts in road traffic applications in Canada, the UK, New Zealand, Thailand and Switzerland. In recent years, it has been rolled out in ports, train stations, amusement parks, and at events around the world.

“BlipTrack provides valuable information that helps everyone manage expectations, especially when lines get long. The solution alerts airport employees about developing bottlenecks which allows them to react to the situation more quickly.” Read more

Daryl Jameson

Vice President at JFKIAT

“BLIP Systems provides us with valuable insights in passenger processes. The insights are used to continuously improve our performance together with our stakeholders. BLIP Systems has proved to be a reliable partner, with a clear understanding of our needs.”

Martijn Van Boxtel

Operational Manager Terminal Logistics at Schiphol Group

“BlipTrack has helped us to resource our operations on the day, and to identify pinch points and potential build ups. The very accurate data is used by our staff to monitor operations, and has enabled us to provide an optimum passenger experience by displaying accurate queue wait times.”

John Seely

Technology Projects Manager at Dublin Airport Operations

“BlipTrack helps us manage and eliminate potential problem spots within the facility. Sharing the processing time with our travelers provides them with peace of mind, so they may continue to expect a pleasant travel experience.” Read more

Gert-Jan de Graaff

President and CEO of JFKIAT

“BlipTrack provides us with valuable real-time insights about passenger queue time dynamics. It helps our managers to secure low queue times at minimum cost, and also provides our Analysis Department with direct feedback on their forecasting performance.” Read more.

Esben Kolind

Head of Operational and Business Analysis at Copenhagen Airports

“BlipTrack has enabled CVG to continue our close collaboration with TSA to ensure that the passenger experience is one that enhances the journey experience rather than detract from it.” Read more

Candace McGraw

CEO at Cincinnati Airport

“BlipTrack has helped us get a better understanding of the dynamic traffic system and provides quantifiable data to support the improvement measures to traffic flows. This will allow us to continue to provide a world-class service to our customers and community by efficiently managing traffic flows in and out of the port.” Read more.

Timothy Godden

General Manager of Strategy and Risk Management at Port of Dover

“We consider that the ease of extracting traffic data from BlipTrack is significant to see how time savings are achieved. Selecting the required route, date, time, etc. is very straightforward and simple to understand.”

Lee Gilbert

Traffic Engineer at Portsmouth City Council

“The benefits we have gained from the BlipTrack solution since implementation are very significant. We now discover errors and irregularities that we would not have a chance to see otherwise. In addition, it is extremely educational and easy accessible to study how the incidents of various kinds influence the road network.”

Asbjørn Halskov-Sørensen

Project Manager at Aarhus Municipality

“The BlipTrack solution provides the Aalborg City Business Association with an in-depth understanding on how people move within the city and measures the economic impact of events. The data allow us to analyze, optimize and improve large-scale events”. Read more

Flemming Tingbak

Director of Aalborg City Business Association

“BLIP systems´ traffic monitoring solution BlipTrack has given us a unique opportunity to deliver new logistics solutions for the benefit of our customers”. Read more

Mette Schmidt

Chief Technical Officer for the Port of Aalborg

“BlipTrack provides us with immediate visibility to the customer experience and resource effectiveness with throughput planning. The solution allows us to put the customer at ease at a critical stress point and reinforces our expectations around superior customer experience.” Read more

Brian Cobb

Vice President, Customer Experience at CVG

“BlipTrack enables us to monitor the quality of the terminal processes to improve resource planning, and to perform consistent reporting to internal and external stakeholders.”Read more

Ward Decaluwé

Director of Operations at Brussels Airport

“The implementation of BlipTrack gives us another tool to help manage the operation of the airport in an even more effective way.”

Janik Reigate

Director of Customer Service at Toronto Pearson Airport