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Steamboat ski passes getting tech upgrade


— The era of fumbling through jackets and layers to find and display that ski pass to a lift agent at Steamboat Ski Area is over. The ski area announced Monday it is incorporating a new technology in its lift tickets and season passes that will allow hands-free access to lifts and the gondola. It's called radio frequency identification, or RFID, and the RFID chip embedded in the passes and tickets will automatically open access gates to the lifts when a skier or rider approaches.