The wind of change is blowing for the upcoming winter season

NEW in Ischgl – winter of 2018/19

To go with the times – that’s a must for every ski resort! The same goes for the Silvretta Arena in Tyrol, of course. So, what can you expect from the 2018/19 winter season? New cable cars and lifts, new restaurants, new slopes – everything that makes a skier’s heart beat a little faster and guarantees boundless ski fun. 

The Silvrettaseilbahn AG cable car company publishes interesting data and facts about the Tyrolean ski resort and the company itself each year. 

By the way:
Ischgl was voted “Best ski resort 2018” by the ski portal “Snow Plaza”. A title that has to be defended!  

New winter 2018/19

6-seat lift Gampen E4 - Gampenalpe - ski slope 68b

New chairlift Gampen E4

Design | World record | Comfort

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.

World record 
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

Type 6 CLD/B-H
Transport cpacity 2,800 passengers per hour
Inclined length 2,416 m
Height above sea level lower terminus 1,924 m
Height above sea level upper terminus 2,848 m
Elevation difference 924 m (world record, 6CLD/B-H )
Number of pillars 21
Travel time approx 7,87 min
Number of chairs 122 
Chair features weather-protection hoods, heated seats, D-Line
Persons per seat 6
Location of drive engine Upper terminus
Maximum cable incline 74 %
Manufacturer cable car technology Doppelmayr Seilbahn GmbH
Haulage cable Teufelberger Seil GesmbH
Drive/control technology Frey Austria GmbH
Investment volume approx. € 16.5 M (incl. restaurant)


Gampenbahn E4

Technical specifications

Construction blog Silvrettaseilbahn AG



Right by the lower terminus of the new Gampenbahn lift, a new innovative self-service restaurant is being built. This new gastronomic highlight will bring the ski area right into the restaurant. For example, you will be served your food from a gondola and can put down your plates on a snow gun. The restaurant was designed from top to bottom by a renowned star designer down to the smallest detail. 

Ischgl photopoints

Pardatschgrat und Flimjoch

round 1 km more fun on the slope…


From the upper terminus of the Mullerbahn M2 to Alp Trida, the new ski slope 68 b will be constructed in the summer of 2018. This will give birth to a new additional ski-run (difficulty level: medium) with a length of round 1 km and an elevation difference of some 250 m. The new downhill run will also get an artificial snowmaking system.

Traditional alpine building with service


The new full-service restaurant Gampenalpe is located directly by the red ski slope No. 40 at 1990 m above sea level, some 400 m from the lower terminus of the new chairlift Gampen E4. 
The new rustic ski lodge in the Ischgl/Samnaun ski area will feature some 100 seats with full service. Preliminary work on the new restaurant was already started in autumn 2017 .  

Treat yourself to some traditional regional Tirolean cooking at the new Gampenalpe starting in December 2018.

Investment volume:    approx. € 4 M 






Total investment summer 2018: approx. € 25 M

The Silvrettaseilbahn AG employs some 550 staff during winter and is one of the most important employers in Tirol. The Bergbahnen Samnaun AG and the Silvrettaseilbahn AG together operate 45 cable cars and lifts, 239 kilometres of slopes and 12 mountain restaurants in the Silvretta-Arena ski area. Since the company was established, the shareholders have foregone any dividend payout in order to allow investment into the ski area.

Awards Silvretta Arena
In winter 2017/2018 Ischgl/Samnaun was repeatedly honoured with numerous prizes: - Best Ski Area 2018
Ischgl is the best ski area 2018. This according to a survey by the ski-portal Snowplaza. Almost 33,000 people submitted their votes. This makes the Snowplaza-Award the biggest audience award for ski areas in Europe.