The Piz Val Gronda E5 is a classic aerial tram with two cables and a continuous haul rope loop. Two cable cars that fit 150 people each without a carrying rope brake are in service.
In order to supply the mountain station, data and power cables are integrated into the carrying ropes. That’s what makes a cable trench between valley and mountain station obsolete.
To span the distance between Vesil and Piz Val Gronda, two buttresses were necessary. The first buttress (about 90 metres high) is about 463 metres (of cable length) away from the valley station. The second one (about 64 metres high) is about 388 metres away from the mountain station.
The emergency drive concept of the facility is supposed to take over in case of a standstill (emergency, power outage, technical defect, …). That makes it almost impossible that guests would have to be rescued from the cable cars.
According to the concept of maximum avalanche protection and in combination with the construction of the 150-ATW Piz Val Gronda, eight avalanche towers (but no avalanche barriers) were necessary to secure the slope.
If you have any questions about the Piz Val Gronda, its construction and all technical intricacies, the team of the Ischgl cable cars will be happy to help you!