It’s going to be in Val di Fassa, Alba village, the first Italian next – generation gondola ropeway "Doppelmayr D-Line", that with 205 new developments, 31 innovations and 14 new patents will become the new benchmark in the world of cable car installations for comfort travel, quiet operation and technology.
By the end of the current ski season, works will start to replace the existing cable car "Alba - Ciampac" with a modern detachable gondola.
The old installation, built in 1975, with its flow rate of 750 people per hour is no longer able to meet the needs of the customers, as long queues are often present at the valley terminal. The situation got worse after the construction of the new Funifor Alba - Col dei Rossi, which connects the Sella Ronda ski carousel with the center of Val di Fassa through a series of chairlifts at high altitude.
The problem will be solved with the new gondola that, thanks to the hourly capacity of 2000 people per hour and expandable to 2400, will be able to reach the Ciampac in just 5 minutes with no more waiting,sitting in the comfort seats with leather - padded benches, with skis inserted in the floor of the cabin. "It will eliminate the bottleneck existing in Alba in the high season, when it is not guaranteed a fast of skiers, that often give up several runs on the black ski run Ciampac, flagship of the ski area, because of the queues" reports Tullio Pitscheider, President of the Ciampac cable car and Contrin company, that is promoting the intervention with SITC.
The D-Line is a visionary ropeway technology with impressive features: Top passenger comfort, quiet operation, simple and timesaving maintenance, and much more make the D-Line a first class transport system.The D-Line components and assemblies boast a brand new design. For the first time this type of system will be installed in Italy.
The new cabins will offer much more space and comfort than the 10-passenger gondola built so far in Italy, with great legroom, a new height and wider benches. To ensure the particular passenger comfort and operational personnel, this new generation of ropeways is designed for extremely low noise levels and vibrations.