Designer Ski Lift at Ischgl

Ischgl unveils eight-million euro designer chairlift

The highest peak in the ski network at the top Tirolean resort of Ischgl will be served by a new luxury six-seater 'designer' chairlift this winter.

The highest peak in the ski network at the top Tirolean resort of Ischgl will be served by a new luxury six-seater 'designer' chairlift this winter.

The chairs and sleek top and bottom stations have been designed to be pleasing on the eye as well as ultra-functional - and the chairs will have heated seats as well as orange-tinted weather bubbles.

The new eight-million euro Lange Wand chairlift will run from the Höllenkar Valley, a little above the Höllboden restaurant, up to the Greitspitz, Ischgl's top station at 2,872-metres - the lift gaining more than 600-metres vertical. The lift will carry 2,400 people an hour, with a journey time of 5.6 minutes and will open up easy access from the Höllenkar area to the superb challenging runs that drop down from the Greitspitz.

"The Lange Wand chairlift will be eye-catching, with each chair having a striking black frame, and the lift stations will complement the fabulous surrounding scenery," said Ischgl Tourist Director Andreas Steibl. "It will be a spectacular addition to one of the most modern and innovative lift systems in the Alps."

On the Samnaun side of the Ischgl network, across the border in Switzerland, the nearly 20-year-old Muller chairlift in the Alp Bella area will be replaced with a new six-seater detachable chair with comfortable leather upholstery and weather bubbles.

In total, twenty-million euros is being spent this summer improving and refining the Ischgl/Samnaun linked area. This includes the new lifts, new snow-making machines, increasing the coverage to 70 per cent of the entire network, expansion of avalanche safety equipment, new staff facilities and garaging for snow groomers.

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