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Leitner ropeways to connect Haideralm and Schöneben ski areas

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A proposed project to connect the Haideralm and Schöneben ski areas in the South Tyrol, Italy, has been approved.

Leitner ropeways is to construct two 10-passenger gondola lifts between the two areas, which lie near the borders with Austria and Switzerland. The GD10 St. Valentin-Schöneben will shuttle visitors over 4.3 km between the village of St. Valentin and the Schöneben area via a middle station. In addition, the GD10 Höllental will make it possible to travel on from the upper station in Schöneben, providing access to the Höllental piste and from there to the new connecting piste to the middle station of the GD10 St. Valentin-Schöneben.

The creation of a unified ski area is seen by the local tourism industry and operators as immensely important for the Reschenpass region. It is hoped that by connecting the two ski areas the strengths of Schöneben in winter and of Haideralm – the higher of the two areas – in summer can be enhanced. The result will be an all-year-round ski area integrated through two ticketing networks: the ‘Zwei-Länder-Skiarena’ and the ‘Ortler Skiarena’.

Andreas Lechthaler, Schöneben AG Chairman, said: “We’re very pleased to be able to implement the two systems with Leitner ropeways. We look back on a long and successful cooperation with Leitner ropeways. The company stands for the highest quality and reliability. We’re sure, therefore, that our project will be a success and that we’re laying down a milestone for the successful future of Schöneben AG”.

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