Zermatt Bergbahnen AG is planning to complete the world's highest 3S gondola lift by the 2018/19 winter season. The new lift to the Matterhorn glacier paradise (Klein Matterhorn) will be significantly quicker, and the modern cabins, designed by Pininfarina, will ensure the ride is more comfortable than ever. The 3S gondola lift made by LEITNER ropeways will complement the existing cableway and increase the carrying capacity to Europe's highest cable-car station by 2000 passengers per hour.
On the Trockener Steg to Matterhorn glacier paradise stretch a high-performance cableway of a quite special kind will be built over the next three summer seasons, with 100 working days per season.
The 25 modern cabins, designed by Pininfarina, renowned for its work on marques such as Ferrari and Maserati, will be fitted with seats inspired by car manufacture and huge panoramic windows. The lift will convey visitors to the Matterhorn glacier paradise in nine minutes.
The new cableway is set to start operations in the winter of 2018/19, bringing a significant improvement to the connection between the skiing areas in Switzerland and Italy. The 3S gondola lift will complement the existing cableway and increase the carrying capacity by 2000 passengers per hour. The dual connection to the Matterhorn glacier paradise station will also ensure cableway services all year round. The investment for the construction of the 3S gondola lift will amount to CHF 52 million.
valley station - 2'923 m
mountain station - 3'821 m ü. M.
manufacturer LEITNER ropeways
hauling cable length - 7'930 m
vertical rise 900 m capacity - 2'000 Personen/h
speed - 7,5 m/sec
journey time - 9 min
number of cabine - 25
seats per cabine - 28
drive system - LEITNER DirectDrive
cabine design - Pininfarina
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