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Winter Park resort planning to give chairlifts digital makeover

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As reported by British newspaper The Daily Telegraph, the resort of Winter Park in Colorado, US, is planning to install digital screens in chairlifts and create a Wi-Fi hotspot for each chair as well.

Alpine Media Technology, based in Denver, is to provide the ‘LiftDigital’ system; a total of 180 screens, which will be built into safety bars on the resort’s SuperGauge chairlift, will provide information ranging from digital trail maps and updates from the ski patrol to safety tips and piste conditions.

Skiers will also be able to access a Wi-Fi hotspot and charge mobile phones wirelessly during transit.

The panel is charged when it reaches and moves around the lift station – one charge can power the video displays for up to 20 minutes.

Alpine Media Technology claims the system – currently in the testing phase – serves a dual purpose. As well as providing a stream of information to visitors, it will also encourage people to put down the safety bar.

On its website the company claims that it has patents pending on the system in 19 countries, including France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Canada, America and South Korea, host of next year’s Winter Olympics.

Alpine Media Technology’s CEO, Freddie Peyerl, wants to have 6000 chairlifts across 10 resorts equipped with the system by the end of 2018.

Video credit: Alpine Media Technology

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