A glance back at the past

The history of LEITNER

The most important milestones in the company's history


Gabriel Leitner establishes a business specializing in farm machinery, ropeways for material transportation, waterwheels and sawmills.


LEITNER is involved in the construction of the first ropeway for passenger transportation in Central Europe, the “Kohlernbahn” in Bolzano, Italy.


The business has grown from a workshop with just ten employees to a factory for the series production of agricultural machinery.


LEITNER ropeways builds its first chairlift in Corvara, Italy.


Agricultural machinery production ceased in 1970 and is replaced by snowgroomer engineering. The first snowgroomer is built.


Creation of a new production plant covering 40,000 m2.


Development of the LEITNER detachable grip.


First detachable 4-seater chair: CD4 Absam-Meierl in Obereggen, Italy

First detachable gondola lifts in Brunico and Valtournenche, Italy



Development of an innovative system for passengers transportation starts on the company's premises.


First compact station is built in Racines, Italy.


Opening of an affiliate in the United States and the acquisition of BM Lifts Ltd. In Barrie, Canada.

Opening of the first detachable chairlift with the new drive-tensioning station in Selva Val Gardena, Italy.



Acquisition of Waagner Biro.

The world’s first bicable ropeway in Ortisei, Italy.

Realization of the first chairlift with direct drive in Ladurns, Italy.



The company Pomagalski joins the group.

The debut of the direct drive for ropeways.

Acquisition of Borer Technik of Büsserach, Switzerland, a snowmaker company. Takeover of snowgroomer producer PRINOTH and snowmaker Snowstar.

LEITNER SKYLINER® transports almost 9 million people during 153 days of EXPO 2000 in Hanover.



LEITNER employs the synergies between ropeway and wind power technology to develop the LEITWIND wind turbine, in which the DirectDrive acts as a generator.

The first wind power plant starts operation in Malles, Val Venosta Valley in Italy.



Inauguration of the MiniMetro, an innovative automatic people mover system, in Perugia, Italy.


LEITNER’s first 3S ”Ritten-Renon” in Bolzano, Italy.


The first 10-seater monocable gondola lift is built at Kronplatz, Italy.

Takeover of the snow making companies DEMAC and LENKO.



The group is the first single-source supplier for winter sports technologies. From ropeways and snowgroomers to innovative snow making systems offering ski-area operators an efficient one-stop shop for a full range of products and services.


The LeitDrive frequency converter is the result of LEITNER's consistent development of innovative drive technology. It was gradually introduced in the company's ropeways from 2013. Thanks to cutting-edge technology and a modular design, the LeitDrive frequency converter offers the highest degree of cost effectiveness and flexibility. The new technology is especially quiet and environmentally friendly. The waste heat can be used for heating and hot water processing.


LeitControl - The push of a button is enough to activate complex work processes. The new LeitControl control system from LEITNER ropeways not only makes many ropeway processes much easier. With a user-friendly design, advanced ergonomics and uncomplicated user guidance based on modern operating systems, the risk of user errors is also reduced, and the training time of new employees is reduced.

The longest monocable gondola lift in the world is realized in Bursa, Turkey.



SYMPHONY: The new cabin designed by Pininfarina

LEITNER Premium Chair: Elegant sports seats in genuine leather



The 3S Eisgratbahn on the Stubai glacier.

The longest 3S gondola lift in the Alps and the world's first tricable gondola lift in two sections featuring non-stop operation.This marks the first appearance of the elegant new “Symphony” cabins based on a concept from Pininfarina. On top of it, this ropeway is also the first tricable gondola lift in the world to feature the LEITNER DirectDrive.



The LEITNER luxury cabin Symphony 10 celebrates its world premiere in Val Gardena. There, 77 cabins in an elegant black and blue look will transport 3,450 passengers per hour to the start of the famous Sella Ronda ski circuit.


Matterhorn glacier ride

With the opening of the world's highest 3S gondola lift on the Klein Matterhorn on Sep­tember 29, 2018, several record-breaking facts have now been rolled into a single project. The four-kilometer journey to almost 4,000 meters above sea level leads to Europe's highest top station. The eight-kilometer long hauling rope weighs an impressive 67 tons and is freely suspended over a distance of three kilometers at the longest span of the system.