27 May 2018 from Danielle in 'Ski areas''

Ski resorts work around the year to improve their facilities, and the Silvretta Arena Ischgl-Samnaun is no exception. This summer, the popular Austrian-Swiss ski resort is planning major upgrades, replacing an obsolete old quad with a modern 6-seat lift. At the valley station of this new lift, Ischgl also plans to open a new mountain restaurant, thereby providing even more options for hungry skiers and snowboarders. The “Gampenbahn” is expected to be functional in time for the 2018/2019 ski season. Read on for more details about the construction of the lift, plus technical facts and figures.

New Gampenbahn will replace old quad chair

The new lift will replace the old quad chairlift, in operation since 1988, which transported skiers and snowboarders from the Gampenalp to the Palinkopf. Starting in the 2018/2019 ski season, the Silvretta Arena Ischgl-Samnaun will inaugurate a new, more modern 6-seat bubble chairlift with heated seats. The existing lift line will remain practically the same, although the valley station will be transplanted about 30m down. The new height difference of 924m will be the longest ever accomplished by the Doppelmayr lift company in a lift of this type.

Location of Ischgl

Location of Ischgl's new lift

Gampenbahn will be faster and have increased carrying capacity

Ischgl’s new lift will also be slightly faster, transporting winter sporters to the top in just 8 minutes instead of 9. This increases lift capacity from 2200 to 2800 people per hour. A conveyor belt will assist skiers in getting on the lift, and the ride will be ultra-comfortable even in adverse weather conditions thanks to the bubble and heated seats.

Ischgl to open new mountain restaurant at Gampenbahn base station

The ski resort plans to build a new mountain restaurant at the new valley station of the Gampen lift (1924m), with capacity for around 100 people. In an interview with Snowplaza, Hannes Parth, managing director of Silvretta Seilbahnen, stated that the menu at this group-friendly lodge will focus on casual dishes such as burgers.

Facts and Figures about the Gampenbahn lfit

Top station: Palinkopf Length: 2416 m
Altitude at top station: 2.848 m Height difference: 924 m
Speed: 5.5 m/sec Duration: 8 min.
Capacity: 6 people Overall capacity: 2800 people/hour
Number of chairs: 122 Location: Silvretta Arena Ischgl/Samnaun

Practical info: Silvretta Arena Ischgl-Samnaun ski resort

The Ischgl - Samnaun - Silvretta Arena boasts 284km of pistes, with the majority of its terrain located above 2000m. This guarantees excellent snow conditions at the popular Austrian-Swiss ski area, and ski seasons tend to run from late November to early May. Ischgl is also famous for its event calendar and many other activities, including a rousing après-ski scene. Among the highlights are the Top of the Mountain concerts, where world-class acts bring their music to a spectacular stage at the Idalp.

Born and raised in the ski paradise of Vancouver, Canada, I learned to ski before I can remember, balancing precariously on my parents’ skis as they sailed down the hill. I started snowboarding in my teens and am now delighted to be exploring everything Europe’s ski scene has to offer!

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