My “real” life sometimes overlaps with my 9 to 5 life in weird ways. Story time, stick with me I promise there’s a purpose here.
Last week, as the good Canadian that I am, I took a few days off to go skiing. My partner and I wanted to do some alpine skiing the first day and skinning the following day.
Given that, you know, it’s 2021 and Covid is still happening, there were limited tickets to avoid crowding (something I hope we continue doing after covid!), which you can purchase online before arriving. As instructed, I went ahead and purchased two tickets for the first day of skiing. One ticket for me and one for my partner, using my card (we have a robust expense splitting process).
Upon arrival, we received 2 plastic cards that had our tickets for the day pre-loaded at the ticket booth. Akin to having a bus pass with preloaded tickets, we could now have access to any lift by scanning our plastic cards.
I was impressed! Ski hills are not synonymous with technology. As with many things, covid forced them to review their ways and greatly improve their customer experience.
The next day, however, things went awry (and this is where I get to the point). Skinning tickets were not available online so we had to purchase them old school at the ticket booth. I gave the clerk my name after voicing what I wanted. She said:
“You have two profiles here, which is the right one?” to which I answered “ok, I’m not sure?”. I had previously visited the mountain in person and given my information which was not deduped with my (new) online profile. After validating my address, she instructed me that I had “created two profiles in their system”. I didn’t know anything about their system!
After I wrapped up, my girlfriend asked for the same sort of ticket to which the clerk chastised her saying “your profile is tied to Aron, it has to be his credit card!”. According to this mountain, my partner is not (and cannot be) independent of me.
This is my understanding of their system: