Despite the difficult end to last winter and an uncertain beginning to the next ski season, plenty of investment in ski infrastructure has taken place over the summer months.
Here is a short list of some of the new ski lift improvements in different Austrian ski resorts:
New Ski Lifts in the Tyrol
The new 12er lift in the Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis ski area will offer more comfort and shorter waiting times. The detachable eight-seater chairlift with heated seats, child safety locks and weather protection covers replaces a four-seater chairlift. The valley station was also moved further down, which means that the lifts and runs on the north side of Fiss are now even better connected.
More information about Serfaus Skiing on Ski-Austria
Several lifts and cable cars have been renovated in recent years in the Berwang ski area of the Tiroler Zugspitz Arena. Construction work on the new Thaneller lift took place in summer 2020. The fully automatic, child-safe 6-seater chairlift is equipped with weather protection covers. A new, adjustable conveyor belt makes it easier for smaller winter sports enthusiasts to use the lift. The Thanellerbahn replaces the Thanellerkarlift, a surface lift.
The new combination lift “Tulfein Express” will go into operation in December 2020 on the Glungezer, a few kilometres south-east of Innsbruck. It runs from the Halsmarter middle station to the Tulfein mountain station. Winter sports enthusiasts can travel comfortably up to almost 2,000 metres above sea level in comfortable six-seater chairs and ten-seater cabins. The starting point for the Glungezer ski area is Tulfes, which can be reached by ski bus from Innsbruck.
The old Salvista four-seater gondola which links Itter into the SkiWelt is being replaced by a new 10-seater gondola which will add 650m in altitude to a new top station on the Kleine Salve. An intermediate station next to the new KRAFTalm restaurant and hotel will be added to take the place of the former top station.
In the Steinplatte ski area near Waidring, the new Kapellenlift offers more comfort and shorter waiting times from this winter. The eight-seater chairlift, equipped with automatic safety bars, seat heating and weather protection covers, replaces a six-seater chairlift.
New Mountain Lifts in Salzburg
Since 1957 the Zwölferhorn near St. Gilgen am Wolfgangsee has been accessible by cable car. Now the lift has been completely renovated. From October 2020, 14 red and 14 yellow 8-seater gondolas will transport hikers, ski tourers and snowshoe hikers in comfort up the 1522-metre-high viewpoint. The Panorama Restaurant in the top station is also new.
Snow Space Salzburg
“Snow Space Salzburg” combines the skiing areas of Flachau, Wagrain and St. Johann im Pongau. Starting this winter, the new 3.2 kilometre long Panorama Link, a 10-person gondola lift, will also provide the connection to the ski area of Flachauwinkel/Kleinarl. With one ski pass, winter sports enthusiasts can now ski the various ski mountains and a total of 200 kilometres of slopes. In cooperation with the ÖBB (Austrian Federal Railways) there will be a package including train ticket, ski pass, transfer to the hotel, ski equipment and ski clothing rental. The free ski bus from Salzburg to the ski region is still available.
New Ski Lifts in Styria
From December 2020, the new Lärchkogel eight-seater chairlift in the Planai ski area near Schladming will replaces a four-seater chairlift. It is equipped with the latest generation of comfortable chairs, with weather protection covers and heated seats. The new valley and mountain stations entrances are covered with sleek glass structures, designed by the Italian design studio Pininfarina. The station buildings are clad in grey wood. The Lärchkogel lift takes winter sports enthusiasts to the Kraiter run, the Lärchkogel run and the World Cup starting line.
In the Reiteralm ski area, the new six-seater Schoberbahn chairlift will replace a drag lift from this winter.
More information about Schladming skiing on Ski-Austria
New Ski Lifts in Carinthia
The Spitzeckbahn, a six-seater chairlift built by Austrian manufacturers Doppelmayr, will replace the previous surface lift from winter 2020/21. The bottom and top stations also being newly built. The new Spitzeckbahn will mean winter sports enthusiasts can now reach the Spitzeck and Mallnock slopes and the Nockalm/Scharte ski area faster and more comfortably.