With the Alps’ longest 3S-lift you can head directly from the car park onto the glacier. Real leather seats, panorama glazing and free Wi-Fi make already the ride into the ski area an unique experience.
What else is new? Operating manager Georg Strickner explains: “The 3S lift is safer, more stable in case of wind and considerably reduces lift lines in the mornings. The latter is approvingly noticed by the guests already in the mornings.”
The hourly transport capacity of both lifts (3S and Gamsgarten) is now 5,400 persons. “Even on extremely busy days, waiting times hardly exceeded a few minutes”, knows Stickner. The lift also offers barrier-free access. Access at ground level also facilitates material transport, since the goods need only be wheeled into the cabins.
Fewer closing days
As mentioned before, the wind has often been a spoilsport. In case of foehn wind the lifts had to remain closed on a regular basis. “The 3S lift with its three cables has a large span width and offers thus a maximum of running smoothness and stability. Moreover, each of the seven pillars features a wind display. This way it is possible to react quicker and more targeted”, explains Strickner and mentions: “Previously we had on average twelve closing days per season, this year we have had only two so far (to 8 March).”
State of the art
The innovative technology of the Eisgratbahn makes it easier to control by the personnel. The work of our staff has definitely become less stressful. The winter sports enthusiasts enter and leave the cabins on their own. This way it is easier for us to keep an overview of things. Thanks to infrared remote control, staff members can stop the cabins, irrespective of where they area”, so the operating manager. The number of staff members has not been changed.
First experiences in season one showed that the distribution of skiers when entering the ski area has changed. Until last winter, most skiers used the Gamsgartenbahn lift to access the ski area. Strickner clarifies: “In the winter, when many families are among our guests, we had a balance between Eisgrat and Gamsgarten. In autumn the ratio was 70:30, this means a majority used the 3S lift to access the ski area.
Praise and acknowledgement
The biggest gondola investment in Austria (more than 64 million Euros) keeps attracting lift colleagues and study groups from all over the world, who inform on site on this milestone. “We have had representatives from Switzerland, Sweden or China visit us and have received plenty of positive feedback. Again and again the mid-station fascinates, since lifts can either go uphill in one-go or in individual sections (upper and lower). This is world-wide unique.