New at Ischgl/Samnaun – Silvretta Arena
Modernisation of the Alp Trida restaurant, 2,263 mThe Alp Trida restaurant will be modernised over the summer
New Viderböden reservoirThe Silvrettaseilbahn AG lift company has been operating the Idalp snow-making system since 1985. Over the years, this has been expanded to create a comprehensive system covering almost the entire ski resort. The foundation of the snow-making system was the ldalp reservoir with a volume of 32,000 m³. The existing reservoir site, including the upper and in particular the lower slope, is in constant motion and, at the end of the 2016/17 winter season, the authorities no longer approved its use. As a result, a new location had to be found. This had to be as close as possible to the previous site to allow the water pipes to be connected without any major expansions and then to direct the water to the extensive network in the existing system without any unnecessary excavation work. Following numerous inspections and in consultation with the owners of the land, a suitable location was found at the Viderböden which was also safe in geological terms, as shown by explorations of the subsoil by means of digging and rotational core drilling. From the winter of 2017/18, the new Viderböden reservoir with a capacity of some 52,000 m³ is planned to serve as a hub for snow-making activities in the ski resort of Ischgl. Building work is scheduled to start immediately after the end of the season, to allow the reservoir to be completed in time for the start of the snow season. The reservoir's heart-shape has a symbolic meaning - the Viderböden reservoir project and transfer of the hub function of the Idalp snow-making system required a “heart transplant” from the Idalp reservoir to the Viderböden reservoir. Following the creation of the planned Viderböden reservoir, the Idalp reservoir will be partially restored to a pond structure with a retaining function and blend harmoniously with the landscapes of the adjacent Vider Truja Park. Viderböden reservoir key facts • 52,000 m³ capacity • The reservoir operates in coordination with flood and avalanche barriers and with the natural geology as a retaining structure. • Plastic sealing with protective fleece and gravel covering • High dam crest: 2,325 m • Primary and secondary pumping stations each with a capacity of 400 l/s • Overall project planning by the engineering office AEP • Investment: approx. €4.5 million.
New Palinkopf D1 chairliftDesign | innovation | comfort The Palinkopf tow lift went into operation in the ski resort of Ischgl/Samnaun in 1973, providing access to some very popular runs in the Palinkopf area. In 1985, this lift was then replaced by a fixed-grip 2-person chairlift, which was converted to a detachable 4-person chairlift in 1996/97. After a service life of 20 years and some 12 million trips, in the summer of 2017, the lift was replaced by a Doppelmayr (cable lift technology) latest-generation 6-person chairlift. The base station (2,413 m) is located close to the Schwarzwand restaurant in the middle of the Silvretta Arena and runs over 16 circular pillar supports to one of the most scenic and highest locations in the ski resort - the Palinkopf (2,853 m). Design From the entrance barriers to the comfortably padded seats, all aspects of the Palinkopfbahn lift have been completely redesigned. One particular feature is the striking design on the backs of the chairlifts, featuring pictures of stars from past Top of the Mountain concerts. Innovation The new lift is brimming with the latest technology. The “D-Line” cable line system includes 205 new features, 31 innovations and 14 patents. Comfort An extremely comfortable ride and quiet operation make the new Palinkopfbahn lift first class. The new high-tech chairlift brings skiers some noticeable improvements: • ergonomically shaped single seats • 520 mm wide heated seats • safety-optimised design • optimised safety bars • For very quiet operation and therefore comfort, the next cableway generation has been designed to be very quiet and low-vibration Environment The environment was also an important consideration in the construction of the new lift For example, a new cable run has eliminated 5 pillar supports. Plans are also in place to dismantle around 400 linear metres of avalanche retention barriers and replace them with a remote-controlled system for temporary triggering of avalanches. The 4-person chairlift will be completely dismantled and reassembled in a winter sports resort in Scandinavia.
Modernisation of technical snow-production capabilitiesForty state-of-the-art propeller machines will complete the snow-production system in the Silvretta Arena from the 2016/2017 winter season.
Ischgl SkyflyThe new Ischgl Skyfly allows daredevils to glide 50 metres above the ground on a cable down towards Ischgl. Breath-taking speeds of 84 km/hr can be reached on this 2 km zip wire. Two parallel cable lines lead from the Silvrettabahn A1 lift middle station (1,683 m) over two intermediate stations to the rooftop terrace of the 3-S Pardatschgratbahn A3 lift base station (1,376 m). This means that two people can fly down to the valley simultaneously. Your skis can, of course, be transported with you.
New Silvretta Arena slope guidance systemThe outdated slope guidance system was updated in the summer of 2016. New slope guidance systems have been set up at 100 locations throughout the ski resort. The new systems naturally feature the Ischgl and Samnaun design identities. In the future, a piste map at each location will greatly improve orientation within the ski resort.
Schmugglerrunde (smugglers’ circuit) - a new ski circuit with a chance to win prizesLike all border areas, Paznaun was a popular smugglers’ region in times of hardship. Local smugglers carried butter, cheeses and furs to neighbouring Samnaun and brought back essential or requested supplies: coffee, rice, flour, tobacco, sweeteners, spices, etc. However, smuggling was difficult work due to the heavy loads. A full backpack could weigh between 40 and 50 kg. In December 2016, the resort introduced the new Gold, Silver and Bronze ‘Schmugglerrunden’ (smugglers’ circuits) for skiers. These circular tours take you through the ski resort of Ischgl/Samnaun. The circuits can be tracked using the iSki Ischgl app for a chance to win some great prizes.
New Prenner TunnelA 130 metre linking pedestrian tunnel will be constructed between the new Parking Lounge in Ischgl and the 3-S Pardatschgratbahn lift. The Parking Lounge in Ischgl will provide an additional 150 parking spaces for day visitors. A ski bus terminal will also be constructed there.
New ski slope number 42 Piz Val Gronda3 km red (intermediate) slope from the mountain station of the new Piz Val Gronda lift to the base station and connection to slope number 40.
Renovation of the Alp Trida Sattel panorama restaurantThe restaurant (self-service and table service) and toilets have been renovated and facilities installed to cater for disabilities. The result is a new table-service restaurant with an attractive south- and west-facing terrace. The restaurant can now also be used as a venue for events, such as weddings, seminars, etc. and the associated infrastructure has been installed.
Renovation of the Höllboden restaurantNew entrance with two escalators, small expansion to the restaurant, new toilets on the ground floor and a new bar with a smoking section. The new glass, wood and stone frontage gives the restaurant a completely new look.
Expansion of snow-making facilitiesTo ensure an impressive white blanket of snow for visitors once again next winter, lift operators Silvrettaseilbahn AG and Bergbahnen Samnaun AG are making another important investment this summer to expand artificial snow-production capabilities.
Construction of the Alp Trida - Salaas avalanche safety facility Construction of 3 avalanche blasters (Samnaun)
Construction of snow-making facilities: Salaas, Greitspitz - top of slope number 62, slope number 70 + 71 (Samnaun)
Expansion/construction of the Viderjoch snow-making facility - Viderjoch reservoir (Samnaun)
Construction of the Salaas restaurantSun terrace/ski bar with 50 seats, lounge chair area, 165 seats inside (40 with table service, 125 self-service), 200 seats on the terrace (200 self-service) (Samnaun)
Expansion of snow-making facilities (Ischgl-Samnaun)
More aprés-skiThe umbrella bar at the Alp Trida restaurant will be replaced by a new aprés-ski bar, Heaven's Door (Samnaun)
Expansion of the Duty Free Run to the valley (number 80)Widening in the waterfall area, new ski slope Grivalea - Alp Bella (Samnaun)
Slope improvements and correctionsValley run number 1a, ski route from the Greitspitze (Greitspitz ski path) to the Schwarze Wand restaurant will be modified and expanded to create a ski slope (run 14b) (Ischgl).
Construction of a new slopeFrom the Pardatschgrat to the middle station of the Silvretta cable car, i.e. ski route number 5a is now a slope with a slightly modified route (length 1 km/red) (Ischgl).
Construction of a new multi-storey car parkwith 200 parking spaces near the Pardatschgratbahn lift (Ischgl)
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