Austria’s Tirol gets ready for the ski season

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Rob Freeman on the early season snow high above Ischgl (Picture: Rob Freeman)

It might be a little early to think of snow and skiing, ski-boarding and winter breaks but planners and destinations use the summer to update their facilities and prepare for the new season.

This summer the Austrian Tirol has spent time and money on replacing and updating its chair and ski lifts.

In Ischgl the thirty year old chairlift has been replaced with a a new six-person version, capable of carrying 2,800 people per hour, called the Gampen E4. There has been a 900 m height increase between the start and end of the lift has set a new record for the greatest elevation difference of any six-seat chairlift in the world. Incidentally, the seats aren’t just the seats you often find in chair lifts. These are 52 cm wide, heated and ergonomically shaped to be as comfortable as possible. At the same time two new restaurants will be opening, There has been a 900 m height increase between the start and end of the lift has set a new record for the greatest elevation difference of any six-seat chairlift in the world.

Mayrhofen has invested €18 million into a new 10-person gondola called the Möslbahn which runs on the “Action” Mountain Penken. The new lift will transport circa 2,000 mountain users from the village of Mösl up to Mount Penken at a speed of six metres per second over 1.5 km. An additional €2.7 / £2.4 million is set to be invested in a new slope area providing 1.2 km of additional piste across six hectares.

Other renovations include the new ‘Larmach’ six-seater chairlift, which is set to open in the Zillertal Arena in December. The Larmach has a cover, heated seats and the capacity to carry up to 2,800 people per hour. The second section of the Kirchenkarbahn is currently under construction and, once complete, it will carry circa 2,400 people an hour at a speed of five metres per second. In Tufles a new 10-person gondola that can carry as many as 1,000 people per hour will open. The Jochbahn at Rosshütte in Seefeld is being rebuilt and should open two days before Christmas.

This coming season you will be able to buy a single lift pass to explore the whole of Piztal. The pass covers the 76 pistes, 121.5 km of pistes and six ski areas that make up the Pitz Valley: Pitztal Glacier, Rifflsee, Hochzeiger Bergbahnen, Imster Bergbahnen, Fendels and Kaundertal Glacier and costs from €245 / £220 per adults and €149 / £134 per child.

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