Bad Gastein installing another new gondola

25th May 2009, by Chris Gill

A new eight-seat gondola should be in action in Bad Gastein next winter.

The resort is replacing its existing two-stage gondola, which serves the local Stubnerkogel slopes from the village, with a more modern version capable of shifting the many visitors that access the slopes each year - the gondola is the only direct way up from the resort base.

The original lift was built in the 1980’s and has served the mountain well, but the resort says that it is now difficult to maintain.

The new lift will be technically equivalent to the Senderbahn gondola - installed last season to improve access to Stubnerkogel’s summit from Angertal, on the western side of the mountain. It will be 2.6 km long, with a mid-station, and increase capacity from 2,375 to 2,800 persons/per hour. The base and top stations will be kept essentially the same, but with a few modifications.

Both new gondolas have been designed and chosen to cope with Stubnerkogel’s exposed upper slopes, where conditions are often windy. This is being achieved through subtle variations in alignment and height to provide the cabins with the best protection. And non-skiers will be able to enjoy the views better from the top station, as the resort also plans to add a viewing platform.

More significantly, the recent investment has greatly improved access to and from Bad Gastein’s main mountain. The resort is part of the Gastein valley, which offers some of Austria’s more varied and snow-sure terrain for a low area. And the generally uncrowded slopes and old spa towns are starting to attract interest from more Brits - especially being close to Salzburg.

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