Saalbach to upgrade its Signature ‘Pulse’ Gondola
19th July 2018
Saalbach is replacing its Kohlmaisgipfelbahn gondola lift with a brand new state-of-the-art gondola in time for the 2018/19 ski season.
Work on the new 10 person cabin Kohlmaisgipfelbahn started in the spring last year as it is such a major project, with completion due in time for the coming ski season.
The ‘pulse gondola’ lift type was for a while very popular choice in ski resorts in the 1980s and 1990s and a good number are still operating. The lift has groups of gondola cabins moving together and unlike conventional gondolas, the cabins are fixed to the moving wire. The whole lift slows when each group arrives at the top or bottom station so allow loading/unloading. The main downsides of the lift are therefore its stop/start nature as you ascend and that a lot of passengers just have a view of the adjacent cabins.
The new Doppelmayrhas an uplift capacity will be more than 3200 people per hour, more than double the previous lifts.
Saalbach are also installing a modern 8-seater chairlift with lovely heated seats and bubbles to replaces the old Asitzmuldenbahn 6 seater chairlift and taking capacity up to 3500 people per hour. In addition, Saalbach has dug two new reservoirs for snowmaking water.