Best Way to Track Your Mountain Exploits - 2011
You'd think a day up on the slopes would be all about getting away from technology, but Vail Resorts has developed a program that perfectly marries the fun of epic pow-pow with fiddling with your techno-doohickeys. This season they introduced their EpicMix social-media app, which tracks guests' achievements thanks to RFID chips in all their season passes and lift tickets that are tracked by lift scanners at Vail's five resorts (Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Lake Tahoe's Heavenly Mountain). Then the program compiles and awards virtual "pins" based on peaks visited, lift rides per day, vertical feet skied and other stats that folks can digitally boast to all their pals. Goofy? A little. But also addictively fun.