Weekly Roundup

03
Jul

2020

Weekly Roundup: Europeans Look to Upgrade Systems

Faloria Mountain in Italy, set to host part of the 2026 Winter Olympics, is planning some environmentally conscious upgrades in preparation for the event.
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The new Saanersloch gondola is the first D-Line in SwitzerlandDoppelmayr installed the system to replace the old railway built in 1979. Not only did the new D-Line get installed, but the stations are also the first in the world to have a glass panoramic construction.  

As the COVID-19 pandemic decreases in the area, ski lift construction in the Alps increases. Zermatt, Switzerland is continuing forward with their plan to improve its lift system which has 10-person cabins with heated seats. In the Dolomites of Italy, construction is beginning for a new gondola. It is anticipated the gondola will be completed by December, just in time for the Alpine Ski World Championships. Paradiski, France is looking forward to a new 10-person gondola that can carry 3,000 people per hour.

The Faloria cableway in Italy is set to have a green renovation. With the 2026 Winter Olympics scheduled there, the system is looking to lessen its environmental impacts and will install an electric transmission system. The original system was built in 1939 with three stations. The renovations will include the redesign and construction of the stations and four cable cars.



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26
Jun

2020

Weekly Roundup: Graduations Galore

Pre-school to post-secondary kids in Pennsylvania got the opportunity to ride the Blue Mountain Resort gondola for free yesterday afternoon as a graduation celebration.
  • Thredbo, Australia launched their new Merritts Gondola this week. The system’s installation saw several challenges related to bushfires and COVID-19, but Doppelmayr still completed the gondola on schedule. The new lift has quadruple the capacity of the old double chairlift, with the ride to the mountaintop taking six minutes. While the gondola was being installed other improvements were also made to the resort which now exclusively uses clean renewable energy.


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19
Jun

2020

Weekly Roundup: Climate Conscious Cable Cars

Saint-Denis on the Island of Reunion, France will be the beneficiaries of a majority solar-powered tramway.
Photo Credit: B.navez / CC BY-SA
  • Saint-Denis in France will open La Montagne cable car in 2023. The system will be designed, built, and maintained by a French Company. The 1.3-km long aerial tramway will produce 92% of its energy from solar power generated from panels on the Vigie station. The tramway will not only reduce travel times, but carbon emissions levels. The 50-person cabins will provide a 360-degree panoramic view of the city.


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12
Jun

2020

Weekly Roundup: Gondolas as a Traffic Solution

Alternatives, including a gondola system, are being considered to alleviate traffic on the roads like this one between ski resorts in Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah.
  • Exploration of a Boulder, Colorado cable car has paused. With the unexpected pandemic, funds are unlikely for the next step, which would be conducting a feasibility study. A previous report outlined many benefits and said the system is technically feasible. Councilman Bob Yates is committed to keeping the project alive and resurfacing the idea when Boulder is ready.
  • More and more systems across the world are reopening, but with new rules and regulations. Here are some examples… The French and Swiss glacier ski resorts are open with reduced capacity for their restaurants and lifts. The Balçova Cable Car in Turkey has reduced their cabin capacity by half and passengers are required to wear a mask. 


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05
Jun

2020

Weekly Roundup: Historic Views

The historic egg-shaped cable-cars in Grand Massif, France as pictured in 2018. They are being replaced with a higher capacity system, and these cabins are being auctioned off. Photo credit: Giancarlo Foto4U via Flickr, license

The Ba Den Mountain cable car is a great way for visitors to take in historical sites and old pagodas. According to Guiness, the cable car station at this Vietnamese historical site is the largest in the world. The cable car started operating at the beginning of 2020.

Penang Hill cable car project in Malaysia has been canceled. The project was cancelled June 2 by the federal government, which was funding it. The state government is concerned about the negative effect on tourism with the project being cancelled, particularly during the current COVID-19 pandemic. The pre-feasibility study will continue and be completed by the end of 2020, but the project is not expected to move forward.

A presidential candidate in Santiago, Dominican Republic is promising to build cable car and metro systems. The transportation program proposed would continue and complete the construction of the Santo Domingo Cable Car’s Line 2.

Gondolas can serve as an alternative for public mass transit systems. Aspen, Colorado has seen how the pandemic has changed their way of life, but Aspen Skiing Co.’s gondolas have been the exception. A gondola can follow governmental regulations on social distancing by still transporting 2,400 passengers per hour. Transporting that many via bus would require 48 buses.

Vintage alpine egg-shaped cable car cabins from the Grand Massif in France are up for auction after 47 years of service. The 1973 cable car was once upon a time a symbol of modernity and featured in various newspapers and magazines. Similar systems auctioned off old chairs for €150 and most folks plan to use them as garden décor.



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29
May

2020

Weekly Roundup: A Tale of Several Systems

San Diego- a city where cable-cars have been studied and are feasible.
Photo credit: Port of San Diego via flickr, license


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22
May

2020

Weekly Roundup: A Cable-Propelled Graduation Ceremony

The Telluride Ski Resort gondola will be host to Telluride High School’s socially distanced graduation ceremony.
Photo credit Lori Shaull via Flickr; license
  • Telluride High School graduation will be held high in the sky. School officials and Telluride Ski Resort in Colorado worked together to plan a safe social-distancing ceremony in the Telluride gondola. There will be a total of 66 mini-ceremonies where students and immediate family will travel in the gondola to the San Sophia station where students will be awarded their diploma.


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