With the region of the Arlberg investing over €35million in new ski lift technology, Austria now proudly boasts some of the largest ski regions in the world. Over the last 15 years, more than €6 billion has been invested in new Austrian ski lifts and this year’s investments have been no different. According to Jessica Delaney, Alpine Marketing’s CEO & Founder, ‘because Austria has the scope to continue expanding its ski connections, its future in the ski industry is set to over take the rest of Europe. Thanks to Austria’s constant investment in its resorts, the country is already attracting a new generation of avid skiers who demand the most modern, state of the art facilities out there’.
Zell am See / Kaprun – The AreitXpress
Since 1998 the Areit cable car has transported skiers up to the Schmittenhöhe in Zell am See. After 30 years of reliable service the system is being replaced by a state of the art, ten monocable ropeway. Having transported over 23.5 million passengers in its time, the Areit cable car’s transformation comes just in the knick of time. This winter season 2017/18 skiers will be able to scale the mountain faster than ever before thanks to a 50 percent increase in passenger capacity. The journey will now only take 7.12 minutes! The modern “areitXpress” offers maximum comfort with free WiFi, more legroom, ample seating and ground level boarding. This new lift has encouraged the creation of a new event area, as part of the “areitXpress” mountain station. Don’t miss out on the opening weekend of Schmittenhöhe (8th – 10th of December 2017) during which the new “areitXpress” will be opened, taking passengers up to concerts of live music and après-ski parties!
Bramberg / Neukirchen – The Ganzer Express
This winter a 13 million euro investment is set to transform the Bramberg/Neukirchen ski region. The new Ganzer X-press ski lift opens just as Austria gears up for its incoming ski season. Transporting as many as 2,870 passengers an hour up to the Pfeifferköpflbahn mountain summit, it will sharply reduce waiting times up to Wildkogel Arena’s 64km of family-friendly slopes. As well as offering ease of access, the Gazer X-press has been built to be environmentally friendly. The ten-seat ski lift is powered by an eco-friendly system known as ‘Direkt Drive’ that enables low-noise pollution and energy efficiency. A four minute silent ride in the sky will therefore encourage skiers to take in the stunning 3,000-meter peaks of the surrounding Hohe Tauern mountain range. The Ganzer X-press has also enabled the creation of 2.5km of new pistes, all of which will feature snow cannons. This will provide even more reliable snow conditions and improve the quality of the award-winning slopes.
Ischgl/Samnaum – Palinkopf D1 Ski Lift
Since 1973 the Palinkopf lift has been updated and remodelled in numerous ways but this year sees the lift entirely replaced by a new state of the art six-seater chairlift. The new lift boasts all kinds of modern features including heated seats and hoods that will protect skiers from the odd inevitable snow storm. In true Ischgl style these hoods will also provide a promotion of the ‘Top of the Mountain’ concert that opens and closes the season every year. Each hood is decorated with images of the stars that have performed on stage in front of the thousands that always gather to cheer on, or say goodbye to another year of excellent Austrian skiing.
Alpbachtal – The Ski Juwel Alpbachtal Wildschönau
The Ski Juwel Alpbachtal Wildschönau has connected the Alpbachtal (Wiedersberger Horn) and Wildschönau resorts since 2012/13. This year, the Ski Juwel Alpbachtal Wildschönau has added an eight-seater gondola lift, which will transport passengers from Auffach to Schatzberg. From December 2017 the 4km-long gondola will carry over 2,500 people per hour to the mountain peaks where they can experience the 109 km prime of prepared slopes that Alpbachtal has to offer.
Kitzbuhel – The C7
In Kitzbuhel the 3 seater ‘C7’ chairlift will be replaced with a more high-speed machine, allowing quicker access to Steinbergkogel. This chairlift will provide their passengers with heated seats, totalling the number of heated chairlifts in Kitzbuhel to 11! They certainly know how to keep their bottom’s warm and their skiers happy!
Fügen to Spieljoch
A new 10-seater Speiljoch gondola lift leads from Fügen up to the ski resort on the Spieljoch. It is here that you can find Zillertal’s longest valley run and endless pistes that are suitable for all abilities. A 5.5km toboggan run and a fabulous winter hiking trail prove that there are winter activities here for all of the family.
St Anton / Warth – The Dorfbahn Warth
This new 8 seater gondola will transport skiiers from the centre of Warth village up onto the pistes. The new lift is 470m long, will transport 800 passengers an hour and will allow snow-lovers access to Warth’s slopes and new toboggan run with ultimate ease.
Mayrhofen to Penken – Finkenberger Almbahn 1
This winter, Mayrhofen has invested in a 10 seater gondola to trasnport skiiers up to the Penken ski area. With heated seats, and the ability to shift 2400 passengers up the mountain in an hour, this top of the range lift is a welcomed addition to this region’s ski infrastructure.
Zell am See / Kaprun – ZellamseeXpress
Looking one year ahead, the zellamseeXpress is set to expand in December 2018. Come next year the 10-person Gondola connect Winkelstation to Viehhofen giving skiers and snowboarders access to a three and a half kilometre piste down to Glemmtal. Whilst the zellamseeXpress cabins provide more room and greater comfort for passengers, each gondola also offers a unique music system. By logging in to the free wifi passengers are already able to connect to the built in sound system, providing the perfect soundtrack to panoramic views of the Alps.