Dec 7, 2009 10:01 AM by Associated Press
Ski pass fraud cases in Vail this year are on pace to far exceed last year. But police and the resorts aren't sure whether the bad economy or better pass scanners are responsible.
So far this year, Vail Police have tallied 188 cases of skiers using a stolen pass or one belonging to someone else. There were 82 cases for the same time in 2008.
Vail Mountain resort says it had double the amount of ski fraud cases last season as it did the season before.
A resort spokeswoman says the increase could be because resort workers have new scanners that bring up large pictures of pass-holders. The scanners make it harder to illegally borrow someone else's pass.