This summer, the ski resorts have been busy building – from the modernization of old lifts to innovative cable car projects. Numerous mountain railroads have invested in expanding their infrastructure in preparation for the 2023/2024 winter season. Here are the largest projects in various ski regions in detail.
Serfaus The largest project in the history of Seilbahn Komperdell GmbH began in the Tyrolean family ski resort of Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis in summer 2022. The new Komperdellbahn, which will replace the old one after 34 years, is being built at a cost of 50 million euros. The monocable gondola lift will be equipped with 10-passenger cabins and can transport up to 3,500 visitors per hour. The construction project is expected to take two years and will open in fall 2023.
Zillertal Arena In this area, an old 4-seater chairlift, the Wilde Krimml, is being replaced by a modern 10-seater gondola lift. In addition, a new 6-seater chairlift is being opened in the Königsleiten area to replace the old 2-seater Mitterleger chairlift.
Schlick 2000 The first 10-passenger gondola lift in the Stubai Valley is being built here. The modern lift replaces the old Galtalm T-bar lift from the 1960s and increases capacity to 2,000 people per hour. The ski resort is investing around eleven million euros in this lift project, which is scheduled to open during the 2023/2024 winter season.
Ehrwalder Almbahn The valley station in the Tiroler Zugspitzarena is being extensively modernized. New escalators, covered bus stops, a Kiss & Ride area, an underground car park, a store, a ski depot, a ticket office area and an elevator will offer visitors more comfort from the coming winter season.
Kitzbühel The ski resort is investing a total of 23 million euros in two new 6-seater chairlifts in Jochberg. The Trattenbachbahn will replace the 3-seater chairlift of the same name, and the Gauxjochbahn will replace the approximately 1.3 km long T-bar lift.
Schmitten The Sonnkogelbahn is converted into a combined lift. It will replace the old 3-seater chairlift and will be operated with 6-seater chairs in winter and 8-seater gondolas in summer.
Loser Ski Resort The new 10-passenger gondola lift at the Loser family ski resort in Altaussee will replace the Loser Jet and Loser 2 from the 2024/25 winter season and offer guests more comfort with padded individual seats, ski quivers on the outer wall and panoramic glazing.
These extensive developments and modernizations are a promising foretaste of the upcoming 2023/2024 ski season. With new and improved facilities and a focus on greater comfort and efficiency, these projects promise an even better and more enjoyable experience for all skiers and mountain lovers. It remains to be seen and hoped that these investments in the future of the ski resorts will continue to raise the winter experience for visitors to a new level.