TD32 Eisgratbahn

TD32 Eisgratbahn

The longest 3S gondola lift in the Alps and the world's first tricable gondola lift in two sections featuring non-stop operation – these are just some of the highlights of the new gondola lift on the Stubai Glacier. The Eisgratbahn gondola lift represents a new generation of technology. Construction was completed in just 16 months and it is the perfect synthesis of innovative technology and modern design. This marks the first appearance of the elegant new “Symphony” cabins based on a concept from Pininfarina. Modern contours, the spacious boarding area, the panoramic windows featuring genuine glass, real leather seats, and Wi-Fi in all cabins ensure a one-of-a-kind ride experience. This ropeway is also the first tricable gondola lift in the world to feature the LEITNER DirectDrive.

Company: Wintersport Tirol AG & CO Stubaier Bergbahnen KG Location: Stubai Glacier Country: Austria Year: 2016 Type of ropeway: TD

Before construction

Long waiting times, many wind closures

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.

Testimonial

The largest investment for a gondola lift in Austria is a milestone in the industry

Mag. Reinhard

“Representatives from Switzerland, Sweden or China have already visited, and we have received a lot of positive feedback. For example, many found the midway station, which allows non-stop operation or separate operation of the upper and lower section, fascinating. It is the only one of its kind worldwide.”

Mag. Reinhard Klier, CEO of Wintersport Tirol AG & Co Stubaier Bergbahnen KG

The result

Impressive images of the modern project

Frequently asked questions

Major interest in the “Crown of Stubai Glacier”

What makes this ropeway so unique?

This ropeway’s outstanding feature is its perfect synthesis of sophisticated technology and modern design. It marks the premiere of the new “Symphony” cabins. The Eisgratbahn gondola lift is also the first 3S gondola lift equipped with the future-proof LEITNER DirectDrive – offering quieter operation, less wear and energy savings. The Eisgratbahn gondola lift is the longest 3S gondola lift in the Alps and the world’s first tricable gondola lift in two sections featuring non-stop operation.

What special features does the “Symphony” cabin offer?

The cabins were designed by Pininfarina, who also designs for famous brands like Ferrari or Maserati. Design and comfort are based on automotive industry standards: Modern contours, the spacious boarding area, the panoramic windows featuring genuine glass, real leather seats, and Wi-Fi in all cabins ensure a one-of-a-kind ride experience.

What advantages does the ropeway offer skiers?

State-of-the-art technology and maximum comfort guarantee stress-free skiing fun for winter sports enthusiasts. Smooth travel, comfortable design and the short journey times of just twelve minutes are only the most obvious of the many benefits of the new 3S ropeway. The two carrying ropes and the hauling rope allow great spans and therefore ensure extremely quiet running and wind resistance. That means fewer wind closures.

What were the greatest challenges for LEITNER in this project?

The installation and transport logistics were a major challenges for the entire LEITNER team involved, as a glacier building site means very difficult weather conditions. With the exception of a short break over Christmas, work continued on the building site throughout the winter; the rope to the midway station was completed during the winter months.

 

How long did it take to build the ropeway?

The ropeway was commissioned after just 16 months of building.

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Outcome

Stubai Glacier is happy with the project

The longest 3S gondola lift in the Alps takes passengers straight from the car park to the glacier. Real leather seats, panorama windows and Wi-Fi make the journey to the ski resort a memorable experience.

Operations Manager Georg Strickner explains: “The 3S gondola lift is safer, more wind-resistant and reduces the waiting times in the morning significantly. Passengers appreciate that when starting their skiing day.” Passengers get to the mountain faster. Relocation of the valley station means that the shuttle is no longer necessary, and the ropeway can be accessed on foot. Boarding is now at ground level.

The transport capacity was increased significantly – so passengers no longer have to wait as long. “Even waits of a few minutes on very busy days are now long,” reports Strickner. It can now transport twice as many passengers to the mountain in half the time.

The wind resistance is another clear advantage of the ropeway. Stubai Glacier often called the wind a “spoilsport”. The system often had to stay closed during the Föhn wind season. “The two carrying ropes and the hauling rope of the 3S gondola lift allow great spans and therefore ensure extremely quiet running and wind resistance. There is also a wind indicator on each of the seven support towers, allowing us to react faster and more specifically,” explains Strickner.