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Tyrolean ski resorts are among the most modern in the world and regularly invest in new lifts and upgrade their infrastructure. Here is an overview of the most important innovations for the coming winter season:
Ski plus City: something new in Innsbruck and Stubai
First on the slopes and then into the Swarovski Crystal Worlds or the Innsbruck Hofburg – with a single pass. This is made possible by the new “Ski plus City Pass”, which connects the Stubai Glacier, 12 other ski resorts and 22 sights in and around Innsbruck.
St. Anton am Arlberg: new Schindlergrat lift and new winter hiking trails
In St Anton am Arlberg, the Schindlergratbahn is being rebuilt, which will provide even more options for winter sports enthusiasts.
The possibilities for winter hikers have explanded to 80 kilometres of cleared winter walking trails. There are different routes, for example, to the nearby Verwall area or to the Berggasthof Almfrieden above Pettnau. There will also be a new winter hiking trail between the mountain stations of the Galzig and St. Christoph lifts.
New cable car at the Kaunertal glacier
The new Falginjoch lift will replace the two Weißseeferner lifts with a state-of-the-art Funifor cable car. This type of lift, which will be built on the Kaunertal Glacier, is currently unique in Austria. The span length is two kilometres, which means only one exit and one entry support is required. The rest of the slopes remain free of supports, which results in an unspoilt panorama for winter sports enthusiasts.
This type of lift currently offers the most wind-stable system on the market. The journey will only last three minutes and the cabin will have a capacity of 100 people. Completion is scheduled for the end of November 2019.
Sölden offers a new gondola lift and a spectacular toboggan run
The Rotkoglbahn in Hochsölden will be replaced by a new, state-of-the-art 10-passenger gondola lift, which will also serve the 1.2-kilometer route. The position of the top station will in future be on the same level as the Giggijoch restaurant. The construction work will ease a bottleneck and widen the slope for the downhill run in this area. Especially for children and beginners, the new gondola lift will provide comfortable and safe transport to the beginners’ area.
The length of the new toboggan run in Sölden is a remarkable 7.2 kilometres. The course runs from the Gaislachkogel middle station at 2174 metres above sea level to Sölden at 1377 metres above sea level.
Tiroler Zugspitz Arena: something new in Berwang
The “Thaneller ski resort expansion” project has started in Berwang after several years of planning.
The overall project will consist of three sections. The “Obere Kahrbahn I” will be completed by December 2019. The 10-seater gondola lift has a capacity of 2,400 people per hour, and a new mid-station will also be built.
In 2021/2022 the “Obere Karbahn II” is to be built, which will lead from the new middle station further up than before. Two new ski runs will also be built here.
In a third step, the project plans a new 6-seater chair lift from the valley station of the Thanellerkar lift to the middle station of the Upper Karbahn. A new mountain restaurant is to be built at the middle station of the Upper Karbahn.
SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser Brixental invests over 73 million Euros
The renowned “SkiWelt” is investing more than 73 million Euros through to the winter of 2021.
After twelve million trips in the Westendorf area, the Fleidingbahn, built in 1983, has come to an end.
SkiWelt Westendorf is investing 15.5 million Euros in the new 8CLD/B Fleidingbahn, an 8-seater chair lift with comfort suspension, seat heating and weather protection hoods.
The lift will be completed at the start of the 2019/2020 winter season, and a panoramic terrace will be built at the top station with an impressive 360-degree summit panorama.
Nearly 16 million Euros will also be invested in Brixen im Thale to replace the 4-passenger Zinsbergbahn with the Hi-Tech 8/10 CGD combined lift.
The new Zinsbergbahn will consist of spacious 10-passenger panorama gondolas as well as comfortable 8-seater chairs with seat heating and weather protection hoods. The lift is the first of its kind in the Kitzbühel Alps and should be completed at the beginning of the 2019/2020 winter season.
The gondola ride to “Hexenwasser” in Söll will be a real experience – summer and winter alike. The Söll lift company has decided to replace the 8-seater gondola lift, which is now over 30 years old, with a modern 10-seater gondola lift by July 2020.
The time-honoured Salvistabahn was built in Itter in 1986, and a 4-seater gondola lift to the Kraftalm was finally built in 1989. In winter 2019/20 the lift will be in operation for the last season.
In 2020/21 the Kleine Salve is to be developed with a state-of-the-art 10-seater gondola lift. SkiWelt Hopfgarten-Itter is investing a total of 24 million Euros in the new lift, a technical centre for snowmaking, slope machines, a reservoir and a workshop.
Modernisation in the Zillertal Arena
The Arena lift companies will implement a number of projects by the start of the 2019/2020 winter season.
The new Stuanmandl 10-seater cable car in Gerlos will then carry 2800 passengers per hour. More than 50 cabins will provide a comfortable ride with a length of 1.5 kilometres.
The Rosenalmbahn mountain station in Zell am Ziller will also be completely redesigned. Guests will then find convenient entrances and exits via escalators and a lift, for example.