Ischgl opens wind-defying chairlift

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Iscghl's wide ,treeless slopes.
Iscghl's wide ,treeless slopes.

Winter 2016-17 has see seen the Austrian ski resort of Ischgl open a new wind-defying eight-person chairlift this winter.

Costing over €14m the Flimjochbahn will be able to carry 3,200 skiers and boarders from the main lift hub at Idalp to Flimjoch at 2,752m.

High winds has less of an effect on the lifts operation due to a a clever top station exit system. In very windy conditions, a downwind exit will come into use. With the whole unloading area protected by wind breaker.

Claiming a world first, the clever new lift share’s a supporting pylon with another lift. Flimjochbahn’s third pylon, will also be ninth pylon of the existing Hollboden eight-seater chair.  The two lifts cross spectacularly before continuing on their separate ways.

New 10-seat gondola will for Galtür.

Just up the valley from Iscghl the family friendly resort of Galtür will get a new 10-seater gondola. Replace the existing Breitspitzbahn which serves the slopes above the scenic Kopsee reservoir. Costing over €8 million, the new gondola will extend the ski area by 3km or 2km of black piste and 1km of red.

Located by the dam at the far end of the lake,  lower than the present chairlift bottom will be the new bottom station. Starting at 1,768m the gondola will rise to 2,295m, with a new 3km piste below leasing down to the bottom station by the lake.

Another noteworthy addition to Ischgl is the  “Skyfly”. Two parallel zip-wires will whizz people side by side for on a 2km. The Adrenalin filled ride will end at the valley floor. The Skyfly starts at the Silvretta gondola mid-station at 1,683m. Finishing on the roof terrace of the valley station of the Pardatschgrat gondola in the valley at 1,376m. Cables are located 50m above the ground and ‘flyers’ are expected to reach speeds of up to 84kph (about 52mph).

Skyfly costs €35 for adults and €21 for under 17s, its open in winter and not included in the skipass.

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