Originally Posted by vardaddy
How do theft of services really cost the resort anything? Sure you can argue they lose out on selling a $98 dollar lift ticket but nothing was actually taken from the resort that needs to be replaced. Those chairs are going to run regardless of how many people are there. In fact the resort really has no clue they lost anything unless they catch the person. Pass prices are not going up because a few people sneak on to the mountains. Pass prices are going up to pay for other upgrades and I'm fine with that. Vail and other places may claim their passes went up because of people sneaking on the resort but they are just blowing smoke up your arse and you are falling for it.
SkiCo mulls raising fine as pass frauds rise
by Andrew Travers, Aspen Daily News Staff Writer
Friday, January 23, 2009
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As of this week, 80 skiers and snowboarders have been caught using mountain passes fraudulently in local ski areas. Aspen Skiing Co. Senior Vice President David Perry said it was a sharp increase from last year, and that the company will decide next week whether or not to raise their fine for pass fraud.
Currently the company charges pass scammers $196 (that’s a $100 fine plus the price of a day’s lift ticket). The second time skiers get caught they can be banned for life.
“Because we are seeing this increase in incidents we are strongly considering raising the fee,” Perry said.
The company does not normally turn over pass fraud cases to police, except in extreme situations like one recently when a man attempted to use a pass that was not his three separate times in one day in Snowmass.
Perry credits the rise in perps caught to the new scanning technology implemented on the mountains this year, which give the company the person’s profile and can wirelessly send a photo to lifties with hand-held scanners.