With the current RFID system, I think the chance of single ride BC tickets is even less. All the ticket checking focus is on the northside. Once someone without a ticket is on the southside they are unlikely to be detected.
I wouldn't be working on the premise that FCSL has a revenue problem. I understand that when they were sold to Merlin the two ski lift businesses were the profitable entities....and the significant budget cuts and belt tightening under Merlin would have only served to improve on that. Their significant assets would be fully or well depreciated (chairlifts fully, snow making significantly and even a lot of the grooming fleet). Except for the ticketing system there has not really been any significant capital investment for a long time.Falls Ck has a revenue problem; patronage patterns are changing.
Static thinking Hully. How many folk have got tired of Heathy Spur blah blah? How many baby boomers have cut their teeth on overnighters but as they age and their joints start to complain want to do a day tour in different and more easily accessed terrain? The intensification of work means that flush middle and upper income earners are less likely to commit to one or two week stays and want to get the most, and the most variety, out of the time they have. Look at the increased variety of snow sports and activities that've been developed at the resort over the last decade or so. Diversification is the trend.
Of course this kind of ticket is no magic bullet for Falls Ck's cash flow. But it's additional patronage at the margin without a big hit on capital or maintenance costs and has the potential for economic multipliers. Like summer lifting for mountain bike riders. (How is ticketing for that handled?).
For myself I don't really care about the issue. A Hero Pass gets me out there. But I'm becoming more picky too. Charlotte Pass is a pretty compelling offer to someone interested in mixing lift-serviced telemarking and BC day tours. And if I get over the hump of spending that amount of money, NZ and Japan start to look like reasonable propositions and I may become another of those long-stay visitors who's gone elsewhere.
Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to ski or snowboard and you’ll have someone to share good times and petrol and accommodation costs with for a lifetime.