I felt the need to respond to the negative review of Solitude's RFID lift ticket system. I think the system works great! I rarely have a problem activating the gate on my first try. I keep the pass in my pocket and just slide right up next to the reader and gently lean towards it. The gate actually does make a sound when it reads your card, maybe that person just has bad hearing. And I've never had trouble getting through the gate in the time window provided. How long does it take to move 3 feet? I would suggest hanging up the cell phone and paying a little more attention. Something that might just help your skiing!