In 1988, the detachable 4-seat chairlift Gampen was the biggest construction project by Silvrettaseilbahn AG. At the time, the lift was the longest chairlift in Austria and was completed in a record construction time of just 5 months. Now, after 30 winters and some 13 million trips, the Gampenbahn lift will be replaced by a modern 6-seat chairlift of the latest generation in summer 2018.
The lower terminus (1,924 m) is located in the so-called Fimba and leads along 21pillar locations or 25 round-pipe pillars to one of the most beautiful and highest located spots in the ski area, Palinkopf mountain.
From the entry barrier all the way to the upholstery of the highly comfortable seats, everything was given a completely new design for the new Gampenbahn lift. The backs of the seats of the new facility were printed with images of the stars of the surrounding alpine world this time. Now various animals can be seen on the seatbacks. Every seat is unique.
With 924 m difference in altitude, the 6-CLD/B Gampenbahn lift covers the greatest elevation difference of any 6-seat chairlift in the world. In order to manage this, a haulage cable with a diameter of 58 mm and a weight of 65 tonnes is required.
Highest passenger comfort and low-noise operation make the new Gampenbahn lift first class. The new high-tech chairlift features a series of tangible improvements for our guests:
- ergonomically shaped individual seats
- 520 mm wide seats with heating
- safety-optimised design
- optimised safety restraining bar
- for very quiet operation and thus special comfort for our guests, this facility is particularly low-noise and low-vibration.
When building the new lift, environmental concerns were also taken into account. Thus with the new cable run, no less than 4 pillar locations could be left out. The 4-seat chairlift is disassembled into its individual components and planned to be reassembled in another winter sports resort.
The new lift is scheduled to go into operation in time for the new winter season 2018/19. You can read about the current state of the construction works in the construction blogger HERE.
Keydata for the new Gampenbahn lift, Silvretta Arena
||2,800 passengers per hour
|Height above sea level lower terminus
|Height above sea level upper terminus
||924 m (wordl record, 6CLD/B-H )
|Number of pillars
||approx 7,87 min
|Number of chairs
||weather-protection hoods, heated seats, D-Line
|Persons per seat
|Location of drive engine
|Maximum cable incline
|Manufacturer cable car technology
||Doppelmayr Seilbahn GmbH
||Teufelberger Seil GesmbH
||Frey Austria GmbH
||approx. € 16.5 M (incl. restaurant)