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First 10-passenger gondola in Switzerland

With the successful market launch of the 10-passenger gondolas at the Kronplatz ski resort (Italy) and Kitzbühel (Austria), Leitner has underscored its competence with this type of installation.

Savognin Bergbahnen will premiere its new facilities in Switzerland for the start of the 2012-13 winter season.
The time when mountains were only popular with hikers and skiers is long gone. Winter now attracts increasing numbers of tobogganers, children and users of fun sports equipment in addition to the skiers and snowboarders, all of whom make full use of the cable cars. In summer it’s the mountain bikers, families with strollers and fun sports enthusiasts that need transporting. Bearing this in mind, it was important to have an efficient and versatile solution for a new lift. And so the decision was made to order the 10-passenger Leitner gondola. “The contract was awarded to Leitner ropeways simply because it fully covered all requirements and because it promised to be the first 10-passenger gondola in Switzerland,” says Vendelin Coray from Savognin Bergbahnen AG.
The new installation, by the name of Tigignas-Somtgant, will replace a triple chairlift built in 1984 and a surface lift built in 1962, and will perform a double function as a shuttle ropeway and skier transportation system. In the first stage of development, 2000 passengers per hour will be transported with 38 cabins, to be increased to 2600 passengers per hour in the final design stage. The valley station for the 10-passenger gondola lies at 1600m, the mountain station at 2100 m. The limited space for the valley station and noise likely to be caused by the planned construction of a restaurant on the roof of the mountain station carrier parking facility meant certain other requirements also had to be taken into account. The new 10-passenger gondola meets all these specifications in full.

Contractor Leitner AG
Client Savognin Bergbahnen AG
Ropeway system Monocable gondola detachable, GD 10
Line length 1.638 m
Vertical height 511 m
Capacity 2.000 p/h initially (final design capacity 2.600 p/h)
Number of cabins 38 (49) for 10 persons each
Journey time 4,6 min

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The first 10-passenger gondola built by Leitner Ropeways in South Tyrol in 2009; Photo: Leitner AG

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