Since they made the Epic Mix app it’s sort of ridiculous for them to say no cell phone. However I was pretty well irritated a couple of days ago when someone talking on their cell phone stopped about three rows from the sunburst chair and kept talking with everybody waiting. They had no idea that their group had moved ahead or there was a long line of people behind them! I have the same reaction to people who stop on the sidewalk all of a sudden to talk on their phone or text. At least pull over to the side and get out of the way!So have you heard about this? Apparently as a way to "improve lifelines," Vail is asking people to stop using their cell phones (nothing like blaming the guest!).
Here's an excerpt from the article in the Vail Daily (you can read the whole thing here):
Phone Free ZonesPrior to the creation of the petition, the November press release from Vail Resorts said the company would be “deploying a new operating plan which includes a significant improvement of how efficiently the company loads lifts and gondolas to reduce wait times, among other operational enhancements.”
But the release did not detail specifics on what the operating plan entails.
On Wednesday, however, Vail Resorts spokesperson John Plack confirmed that one of those operating specifics include a concept called a “Phone Free Zone.”
The signs for the zones in Vail lift maze areas are new for this season as part of the new operating plan, Plack confirmed.
Vail skier Tanner Miller was recently scolded by a line attendant for using his device in the Phone Free Zone at Chair 2 in Vail.
Miller said he couldn’t help but feel slightly insulted as an initial reaction.
“They won’t even let me fight the boredom of their enormous lift line by checking Epic Mix,” he said. “And this is coming from the same resort that equipped the gondola with WiFi.”
Plack said the effort is aimed at the approach to the lift terminals, not the entire lift line.
“In an effort to load lifts safely and efficiently, we are asking guests to put their cell phones away as they approach lift terminals,” Plack said.
By the way, I should note that trail maps are only accessible digitally at Vail, as is their EpicMix app, which gives you info you might need on the mountain.