By now, you’ve likely heard of EpicMix, Vail Resorts’ innovative photo program and social media toy for use at any of their Colorado or Tahoe resorts. Yes, EpicMix is fun to play with, and it’s a great way to capture photos on the mountain, but did you realize it can be used to keep track of your kids on the slopes?
If you have teens or tweens who ski or ride without you, or if you have younger kids in a lesson away from you for the day, you can use EpicMix to track their progress on the mountain. EpicMix is a great tool to use when communication by cell phone or two-way radios fail (which, let’s face it, is much of the time at ski areas).
How to use EpicMix to track your kids on the slopes:
1. Make sure you’re all signed up for EpicMix. When you, the parent, create an EpicMix account, you’ll be given the opportunity to add family members. (Kids can’t do this themselves…it’s a nifty safety feature.) You’ll want to add your kids for several reasons: first, it’s fun! They’ll love checking out all the milestones they managed after each day. (Mine like to compete against one another.) Second, it’s how you’ll know where they are on the slopes.
2. Check to make sure EpicMix is recognizing your family members. This is easy: from your dashboard online at EpicMix, select ‘My Family’ (it will be in the column on the left). Your family members should appear. Go ahead and give them cute avatars.
3. Download the free EpicMix app for your smartphone. Once you’ve done so, you’ll be able to access a feed of your family’s “activity.” (You can do this from your computer, too, if you’re not skiing or riding that day.) While the app won’t give you a precise location of each child, it will tell you where he or she last “checked in” (usually a lift). They don’t need to do anything special to make this happen: just carry their EpicPass lift in their pocket. Psst: you can also see where your spouse is.
4. Tuck your phone into your jacket pocket, hit the slopes, and track your kids’ progress around the mountain as you (and they) ski. It’s really that simple, and it really works. Now when you’re waiting in the lodge to meet them for lunch, instead of wondering what’s taking them so long, you can see at a glance that they’ve just hopped on the nearest lift for ‘one last run’. (You may still be annoyed, but at least you won’t feel panicked, right?)
How else can you use EpicMix while you’re separated from your kids?
- Capture photos of them while you’re not there. That’s right: their ski instructors will use EpicMix to take photos during their lessons.
- Refer to a map of the mountain. (In case it’s not the kids who usually get lost.)
- Compete for “pins” while separated, then compare your ratings while waiting for the pizza at dinner.
- NEW this season: Via EpicMix Racing, “compete” against Lindsay Vonn’s race time at race courses at Breckenridge, Beaver Creek, Keystone, Vail, Heavenly or Northstar. (Don’t worry; your race time will be adjusted for age and gender, for more accurate comparison to the Olympian’s time!)