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Glitschberg-Jochtal gets snow making revamp and new gondola lift

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The Glitschberg-Jochtal ski resort in the South Tyrol region of Italy has engaged Demaclenko to revamp and extend its snow making system.

Glitschberg-Jochtal gets snow making revamp and new gondola lift

From the valley station to the Breiteben mountain station, the snow making system is to be completely renovated and extended. 87 new snow guns will be set up, including at the new piste, Wastl Huber, which is roughly 2 km long and is connected with the end of the Sergerwiese piste, itself being extended another 300 m lower down.

63 new EOS snow lances are to be used, which are particularly well adapted for downhill runs through the woodlands and the quality of the terrain. In addition, 24 Ventus 4.0 and Evo 3.0 fan guns shall reinforce the powerful snow making network. Half of them are stationary, while the remainder are to be deployed along the slopes for mobile use.

The project also includes the installation of 95 steel-reinforced concrete pits and laying roughly 10 km of infrastructure. Two new pumping stations, one next to the new reservoir and the other next to the Breiteben mountain station, are being constructed from scratch with a total capacity of roughly 350 l/s. Automation of the system will be achieved through Demaclenko’s Snowvisual 4.0, including resource management to reduce costs.

Karl Leitner, President of the Gitschberg-Jochtal Lift Company, said: “Demaclenko presented us with an absolutely convincing and technically fully developed offer. It fits in perfectly with the major overall concept that we are going to implement on a step-by-step basis on the Gitschberg. We have thought and planned ahead so that we can continue to develop and extend our programme seamlessly, offering our visitors a perfect vacation experience year after year.”

In addition, Demaclenko’s affiliate, LEITNER ropeways, is constructing a 10-seater gondola lift, Ski Express, to replace the ski lifts Breiteben and Sergerwiese.

All project work is expected to be complete before the beginning of the 2018 – 2019 winter season.

Image credit: Demaclenko

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