A ski pass can have a different period of validity (hourly ticket, day ticket, multi-day ticket, season ticket) and refer to one or more ski areas. Ski passes are issued by individual mountain railway companies and increasingly by associations of different mountain railway companies, lift associations or entire regions to form a large ski area (e.g. Dolomiti Superski or Ski amadé ). Use of all cable cars and ski lifts in the corresponding area is included in the ski pass . Billing by the operator is usually done internally using negotiated distribution keys or investments in a joint marketing company.
Today it is widespread that the ski pass also includes discounts for an entire holiday region, such as discounts for public transport in the area, use of parking space, or discounts when visiting local museums or wellness infrastructure such as baths and thermal baths, but also entrance to public Events (such as concerts). This strengthens the economic cohesion of a region as an overall destination by distributing the added value of ski areas as a lead company and enabling joint tourism marketing , and in return also offers the ski area operators a bad weather alternative without giving up customer loyalty, and the customer a more diverse and therefore more attractive range a certain "all-inclusive" feeling, which suits modern holiday behavior.
There are often price reductions for children / young people, seniors, skiers with disabilities, organized groups and ski instructors. Special passes are often offered for pedestrians. Many travel providers offer ski trips including a ski pass.
In the event of an accident or injury, the ski pass costs can be reimbursed by way of goodwill after submitting a medical certificate. In the event of bad weather, danger of avalanches, business interruptions, blocking of runs, etc., no reimbursement is generally granted.
From a technical point of view, a ski pass is a ticket, which nowadays is usually detected without contact using RFID technology and, when valid, unlocks the turnstiles in the train stations. The journey is automatically registered in the background and charged to the individual mountain railway companies in a lift network. There are disposable cards and reusable cards with a deposit. Most ski suits have a special small pocket on the left sleeve to store the ski pass . A well-known manufacturer of automatic access systems in ski areas is the company Skidata .