The predecessor of the new Eisgratbahn gondola lift was a bicable gondola lift from 1973. Both sections of the Eisgratbahn gondola lift were modernized in 1995. The top station was then redesigned and expanded in 2009. The Eisgratbahn bicable gondola had problems with gusts of 60 km/h or more. As a result, there were a lot of closures due to high winds.
"In the past, we often had to close the ropeway when the wind was too strong. That caused problems in particular when the descent to the valley was not skiable yet, as is often the case in fall, but there were already a lot of guests on the glacier", Dipl.-Ing. Andreas Kleinlercher, Ropeway Director on Stubai Glacier. At peak times, all of the 6-passenger cabins were full from the valley to the top station. No-one could board at the midway station. Passengers had to put up with waiting times at the valley station. The car park was far away from the valley station, which meant that shuttle buses had to be used to bring people to the valley station. The comfort standards of the old 6-passenger cabins were no longer up-to-date comfort standards and passengers were stressed when boarding and deboarding.