Follow step by step the reconstruction of the glacier cable car
On 17th April the renovation & modernisation work of the glacier cable car incl. mountain & valley station have started, the opening of the glacier cable car is scheduled for the 23th of December.
Stay up to date and follow the construction progress here:
The new Cable Car is open!
The new cable car is in operation since Christmas 2023!
At a total length of 2,150 m, the cable car system covers an el evation difference of approx. 1,180 m in
under 6 min resolving gradients of even up to 100%
Assembly of the new cable cabins
Assembly of the first cable cabins began on 13 November 2023 and the second was then installed on Thursday 16 November 2023.
The four track ropes, the signalling rope and the rope riders are installed
A lot has happened here since the last construction progress! The four track ropes, the signalling rope and the rope riders have already been installed. Now the haul rope is being pulled.
Installation support rope
To start the installation, the rescue drive first had to be put into operation and a helicopter was used to pull a first leader rope over the support to the Grawand mountain station and then a somewhat thicker rope (6 mm diameter) back to the valley station. After that, the rescue rope was stretched to the mountain station and finally to the valley station, which was then spliced.
Then another leader rope had to be pulled to the top station and a thicker rope (37 mm diameter) to the bottom station. Thus, on 4 October, the installation of the suspension rope could begin. In the following days, the reserve rope was pulled into the mountain station and the suspension rope was tensioned and anchored at the valley station.
Delivery support rope
On Wednesday 20th September, the support rope for the new glacier cable car was delivered by a special transporter. At the valley station, the 2,610-metre-long and 43-tonne rope was brought to the ground.
THE NEW GLACIER CABLE CAR SUPPORT CLOSER THAN EVER!
It's fascinating how big the support really is and how many different screws⚙ and parts are used for it🛠. Thank`s to the company Moosmair!
Construction of the glacier cable car support
Construction of the glacier cable car support began on 22 August. It's amazing what happens in just over a week!
Despite the prevailing conditions due to the fresh snow, work continues diligently!
Renovation on the valley station
The components for the new cable car have been delivered and some have already been mounted. Construction company Oberhofer from Senales started work on the cash desk and offices at the end of August.
Renovation of the mountain station
Work is also going on diligently at the mountain station. The road under the glacier cable car has been widened, a crane has been erected and the roof has been removed.
Old cable car pillar removed
In the last few days, the old cable car pillar was removed step by step and transported down into the valley by the material ropeway.
1 metre every 25 seconds
With the cable pulling machine in the picture, the heavy support rope was pulled 1 metre upwards to the mountain station every 25 seconds.
Dismantling support cable
These days, the 2,159-metre long support cables (54 mm thick) and the hauling and safety cables are being dismantled.
On 6th June, the single crane elements were transported up to the support by means of a material ropeway from the company Moosmair.
OLD GONDOLAS REMOVED
On 11th May, the company Funimont removed the gondolas. Despite the difficult weather conditions, this was accomplished without delay.
After the cabins and technical elements had been replaced several times, a general revision was now due. For this reason, we've decided to build a newer and more modern cable car incl. valley station. The opening is planned for the beginning of December 2023.
It all began in 1975
After technically difficult and complex construction work, the Glacier Cable Car was ceremoniously opened on 12th July 1975. The foundation stone for today's new construction was laid at that time.