3-S Pardatschgrat

The new Pardatschgratbahn will have the biggest height difference of any tricable cable car at 1,251 m.

The existing monocable gondola lift with 4-seater gondolas (constructed 1990) has two sections and a middle station but is no longer able to sufficiently serve as a means of transportation to the Ischgl/Idalp ski resort. The bottom section of the existing Pardatschgratbahn cable car will therefore be demolished and a wind-stable tricable gondola lift built in its place from the eastern centre of the town to the Pardatschgrat directly, with no middle station. The top section of the existing facility will remain. Later, it will be possible to ski down the various attractive descents from the Pardatschgrat to the middle station and in Velill during the morning hours. This currently often results in long waits due to the gondolas from the valley station being full.

The new Pardatschgratbahn will have the biggest height difference of any tricable cable car at 1,251 m.

The mountain station will be attached to the existing mountain station of the monocable gondola lift. To prepare for any subsidence, the station will be constructed on several individual foundations which can be adjusted using hydraulic heavy duty compressors. The special geological setting also means that the entire mountain station needs to be anchored back around 140m using cables. There will also be disabled access to the Pardorama restaurant. To achieve a harmonious appearance, the architecture of the mountain station has been adapted to the existing building yet is nevertheless unique.

Plans for the valley station presented a particular challenge due to the tight space constraints. The station has now been divided in two into the infrastructure section (orographic left) and the cable car section (orographic right of the Fimbabach) and is linked by bridges. A large ski store is being built on the lowest level of the infrastructure section. From here, visitors can access a distribution level with a sports shop and ski hire. The ground floor level contains a counter area with covered queuing area. The top floor of the infrastructure section provides access to the cable car. All of the floors in the infrastructure section are linked via escalators and lifts.

The lower floors of the cable car section store the gondolas and contain the service area, storage areas and goods delivery areas. The gondolas are transported from the garage store to the platform. LED lighting will be used to transform the valley station into an attraction even when it is dark outside.


The planned cable car is a tricable gondola lift with two bearer cables per direction of travel. 31 vehicles (TARIS model with suspension system and running gear and 2 detachable grips each) with a tramway capacity of 28 people each and seated transportation is possible.

New cabins have been developed in collaboration with the CWA company and these are being used for the first time with this mountain railway.

The emergency operating concept for the site will enable the tramway to be emptied of passengers in the event of a breakdown (emergency, power cut, technical defect) using 2 independent emergency drive systems.

Altitude of valley station 1,365.00 m
Altitude of mountain station 2,616.00 m
Horizontal length 3,264.50 m
Height difference 1,251.00 m
Slope length 3,423.70 m
Tramway capacity 28 people
Transportation capacity 2,800 p/hr
Speed of travel 7.5 m/s
Travel time approx. 9.4 mins
Number of supports 6 rounded piping framework supports
Power output 1,310 kW (1 gears, 4 motors)
Max. dynamic performance 2,080 kW
Highest distance from ground approx. 138 m
Longest span 1,143 m
Bearer cable diameter 58 mm, sealed
Traction cable diameter 55 mm
Location of motor Mountain station
Location of anchoring device Valley station
Location of garage store 100 % valley station
Manufacturer of cable car technology Doppelmayr
Manufacturer of electro-technology Doppelmayr
Cable manufacturer Fatzer
Height of support  0 23,5 m
Height of support  1 55 m
Height of support  2 55 m
Height of support  3 60 m
Height of support  4 60 m
Height of support  5 45 m
Construction summer 2013 + 2014