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AT&T expands coverage at Winter Park Resort

JJ Henrikson, AT&T Sr. Real Estate and Construction Manager, shows the technology housed at Lunch Rock.
Photo Courtesy of Suzanne Trantow |

Visitors to Winter Park Resort who use the AT&T network will be able to take selfies and post videos and photos immediately to social media with the new deployment of DAS (Distributed Antenna System).

Now more than ever visitors to ski resorts expect not only great snow and customer service but cellular phone coverage to keep in touch with their family and friends during their ski day.

In the past thousands of visitors could overwhelm a network causing poor cellular service. Additionally many Denver area visitors with AT&T service noticed there was a limited cellular coverage in the area.

This has all changed now that the first phase of the AT&T–owned DAS is complete at Winter Park Resort.

A “DAS” is a network of several small antennas designed to enhance wireless service within an area or building. DAS provides enhanced wireless coverage to customers in spaces where geographical limitations (terrain, building design, etc.) or large crowds might prevent a good wireless experience.

As of today the installation of DAS allows for an enhanced mobile experience inside Mary Jane Base Lodge area, Lunch Rock, and the Vintage. Additionally, this new coverage includes peaks and valleys throughout the resort. Next week the final phase will be completed at Snoasis.

The installation of DAS at Winter Park Resort included antennas on the roof of Mary Jane Base Lodge and Lunch Rock, cables running up the Super Gauge lift and a small building adjacent to Mary Jane Base Lodge that is the “brains” of the operation.

During Christmas to New Year’s Day the Winter Park DAS transmitted approximately 200 gigabytes of data (roughly equivalent to texting 200,000 photos) and nearly 5,000 voice calls, said JJ Henrikson, AT&T Sr. Real Estate and Construction Manager.

AT&T started the construction project in June 2015. However, due to weather and snow coverage there was a small window to dig and install the four miles of fiber throughout the resort. The DAS technology was designed to be camouflaged into the mountain environment and inside the lodges so that most visitors will not even notice them.

Now, visitors using the AT&T network will be able to share digital photos and video while experiencing them and feel confident that in the event of an emergency they can contact loved ones.


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