The NZSki mypass card, the card that’s used to access lifts at three of the South Island of New Zealand’s premier ski areas, has just got better.
New for 2012, the mypass card can now be pre-loaded with cash – turning it into ‘mypass money’ that can be spent on any transaction at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables in Queenstown, and at Canterbury’s Mt Hutt.
The mypass card already records and stores an individual’s information including their lift pass purchases, lessons, and rental history.
For those who return from one season to the next, it makes the whole process speedier and easier. Guests can pre-purchase their product online and head straight to the lift or rental department with their mypass card loaded with the right information, bypassing Guest Services.
Now the card can also be used as an on-mountain debit card, meaning skiers and snowboarders don’t even have to carry a credit card or cash in their jacket or ski pants.
“You can pre-load your mypass card with as much cash as you want and leave the wallet at home,” said NZSki CEO James Coddington.
“For families it’s perfect because it means parents can load money on their kids’ mypass cards so they can buy drinks, snacks or lunch without having to bother Mum or Dad throughout the day.
“At the end of a hard day’s skiing, or at the end of your holiday, you don’t lose your money because it can be credited back to you.
“For visitors, it means one less worry while they’re on the slopes.”
Mr Coddington said ‘monetisation’ of the mypass card was being continually developed to make the on-mountain guest experience an easy and efficient one. It is also interchangeable between all three mountains.
To load mypass money an account needs to be set up along with a secure PIN to ensure security of your funds. Just like when you set up your PIN with the bank this needs to be done in person. A PIN can be set up at Guest Services on the mountain, in the Snow Centre in Queenstown or at the Snow Desk in Methven.
Mypass cards can be used to track snow stats each season including number of runs and days on the mountains and you can monitor your mypass money balance, simply by activating a personal mypass account online at www.nzski.com/mypass
Coronet Peak and Mt Hutt are scheduled to open for the 2012 season on June 9 and The Remarkables from June 16 subject to conditions.