The leading ski resort of Ischgl, in the Austrian Tirol, has announced the details of the exciting €18.5 million (approx. £15.6m) cablecar which is nearing completion ready for the upcoming ski season.
It will open up an endless area of freeride skiing in virtually untouched deep snow slopes from the Piz Val Gronda peak at 2812m and will be a haven for skiers and boarders alike. In the past these powderfields were accessed only by the most dedicated skiers and boarders who were towed up by snowcat.
A pisted red run from the top station will allow skiers and boarders who prefer to stay on the slopes to also enjoy the stunning views of the Fimbatal valley and peaks including the Fluchthorn, Wildspitze and Hohe Riffler.
The Piz Val Gronda (PVG) lift is 2400m long (approx. one mile) and will whisk passengers up to the peak in about 5.5 minutes from its base at Vesiltal.
Said Paznaun-Ischgl Tourist Director Andreas Steibl:
This new area will enhance Ischgl's status on the freeriding scene and present skiers and snowboarders with an exciting new challenge.
The new lift is the first expansion to the ski resort of Ischgl since 1989 and has been in the planning for 28 years.
Regular consultations were held with the state of Tirol, environmental and nature protection agencies and the Republic of Austria's Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology.
Holidaymakers can look forward to a five-month long ski season of guaranteed snow in Ischgl, from 28 November 2013 to 4 May 2014, due to Ischgl's ideal location high in the Silvretta mountain range of The Alps.
More information on the new PVG lift is on Ischgl's website.