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LEITNER ropeways complete raft of projects in Italy

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LEITNER ropeways has completed a number of projects in Italy ahead of the upcoming winter season.

LEITNER ropeways complete raft of projects in Italy

Two new 10-passenger gondola lifts now connect Belpiano and Malga S. Valentino resorts at Passo Resia in South Tyrol, creating a unified year-round area. The GD10 St. Valentin-Schöneben gondola lift runs from the village of San Valentino via a middle station to Belpiano ski area, while the GD10 Höllental gondola lift now makes it possible to travel on from the upper station in Belpiano.

The Gitschberg-Jochtal ski resort, also in South Tyrol, will also benefit from a new 10-passenger gondola lift. This new lift provides access to more slopes for families and leisure skiers, as well as experienced winter sports enthusiasts. The Ski Express gondola lift, equipped with panoramic windows, will travel 2 km from the valley station approximately 200 m below directly to the Gitschhütte mountain inn.

Further changes have been made to the home of LEITNER ropeways as well. The company has built the Panoramalift Telemix system at Monte Cavallo near Vipiteno, replacing a 30-year-old chairlift. The combination of 6-seater chairs and 8-passenger cabins not only increases the capacity of the new facility, but its functionality as well. Experienced skiers can wear their skis to travel on comfort chairs, while children and pedestrians are transported comfortably and safely in modern gondolas. The Telemix system can also operate in summer without chairs, transporting hikers and paragliders.

In the Three Peaks Dolomites ski area, the Mittelstation two-seater chairlift has been replaced by a new detachable 6-seater chairlift. The facility features chairs with a bubble and heated seats, and will be particularly comfortable for the ski resort’s youngest guests: the child-friendly boarding conveyor belt – which can be raised and lowered depending on the child’s height – will ensure boarding is as easy and comfortable as possible for young skiers. The new Mittelstation facility is the first step in an ambitious expansion plan for this well-known ski resort.

Changes are also afoot at the Alpe di Siusi in the Dolomites: the Mezdi 6-seater chairlift has replaced the old 2-seater chairlift in the Piz area. The new stations feature the Pininfarina design and the facility is also operated using the environmentally friendly and cost-saving LEITNER DirectDrive system.

In Alta Badia, a Dolomites ski resort where LEITNER ropeways have been present for over 70 years, the new Roby 6-seater chairlift is replacing the existing 4-seater chairlift. Things will also be much faster in future in San Martino di Castrozza – Passo Rolle. From next season, skiers will be transported from San Martino di Castrozza to Valbonetta in the Trentino ski resort – part of the ‘Dolomiti Superski’ area – in only six minutes, all thanks to the new Colbricon Express 10-passenger gondola lift from LEITNER ropeways.

The new 8-passenger gondola lift in Champuloc, north-west Italy, not only serves the ski resort but also acts as public transport, providing an environmentally friendly connection to the higher villages in the Ayas Valley while also being a feeder for the Monterosa Ski resort. Two new 6-seater chairlifts in the Melette 2000 ski resort to the north of Asiago and Pinzolo in the Val Rendena in Trentino have been completed, along with a new 4-seater chairlift in the Tarvisio ski resort in the province of Udine.

Surface lifts have been constructed in South Tyrol, Abruzzo and Veneto to make it easier for children to learn to ski.

Image: CD6C Mittelstation, Italy. Copyright LEITNER ropeways.

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