Ischgl in the Austrian Tirol will open its five-month long 2019-20 season in late November with its usual big spend on still more fast, comfortable new lifts.
This new big six and eight seater chairlifts are going in to upgrade older models, and there’s more on a recent theme of adding unique pictures on each of the chairlifts.
€24m is being spent on the Velilleck and Visnitz chairlifts. Velilleck, which becomes a six-seater replaces a 412 year old lift which over the years carried 14 million people up the slopes. However the new version will have heated seats faster and quieter than any other lift in Ischgl’s Silvretta Arena, capable of carrying up to 2,400 people an hour. It is also 1,300m longer than the former lift.
The new €13.5m lift will also have pull down weather hoods featuring images of local Alpine plants on the backs. This follows on the theme introduced two years ago on the Palinkopf lift which depicts the rock stars to have performed in Ischgl’s legendary open air concerts – and then last winter with the upgraded Gampenbahn lift sporting alpine animals.
The other new lift serving the 239km cross-border area is the €10.5m Visnitzbahn on the Swiss side of the Silvretta Arena at Alp Trida. This will also heated chairs with weather-hoods, can carry 3,500 people per hour, replaces a 25 year old quad and is the first of its type in Switzerland.
A construction progress video from earlier this month: