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.
3S system and drive technique
DirectDrive, offered exclusively by LEITNER ropeways, can be employed here as the primary drive, providing lower noise and less wear. The 3S system can use up to two drive sheaves. If required, an independent drive can be installed for both drive sheaves. This is also the case for the emergency/evacuation drive. This redundant design increases the availability as well as safety of the entire system.
3S gondola lifts by LEITNER are equipped with a single hauling cable diversion mechanism. The hauling cable is distinguished by its longer service life and lower maintenance costs. Since the hauling cable runs on the supports over patented cable rollers with a spring system, cable vibrations are reduced, thus increasing ride comfort. This spares the support cables while reducing maintenance requirements. The system also offers substantial improvements when garaging. Operational effort and wear are noticeably reduced since the switch point has to be operated only once.
Decision in favour of LEITNER ropeways
The selection of the 3S gondola lift by Zermatt Bergbahnen AG was a clear-cut decision. “The price/performance ratio and innovative drive technology were decisive criteria for us. The additional 3S system will increase capacity and reduce waiting times, with the added advantage that the ropeway is less susceptible to wind,” explained Sandra Stockinger, Head of Marketing and Sales at Zermatt Bergbahnen AG.
Facts about the 3S gondola lift to Matterhorn glacier paradise