The Arlberg has a reputation as the cradle of alpine skiing and a new chapter in the history of the Arlberg will be written in the 2013/14 winter season: the Auenfeldjet, a new cable-car, will be opened.
The Auenfeldjet is a two-kilometre long lift starting at the upper station of the Weibermahd chairlift in Lech, crossing the Auenfeld pass to the Geissbühel Alpe creating a link between Lech-Zürs and the resorts of Warth-Schröcken – adding another 64km of piste to the Lech-Zürs ski area.
With the opening of this new cable-car, the largest skiing area in Vorarlberg with a total of 47 ski-lifts and cable-cars and 190 kilometres of piste will be created. Adding the ski area of St Anton, St. Christoph and Stuben, the range of facilities is even larger: 94 lifts and cable-cars and 340 kilometres of piste. This places the Arlberg on level with the largest ski resorts in the world and increases the diversity for all winter sports enthusiasts.
This cable-car will be built with utmost care for the environment: trees and the high-alpine vegetation will be preserved, water and source protection areas will not be interfered with. Any intervention with the natural landscape is restricted to the construction itself. Since no new ski pistes or access to slopes will be created, the animal world will not be disturbed in its existing habitat. The cable-car itself will feature just a few high pylons at the western edge of the Auenfeld. There is also a positive side effect in that the existing 30 kV power line crossing the
Auenfeld will disappear from the landscape and will be re-laid underground in the cable-car’s cable ditch. For this reason, the Auenfeldjet project is also referred to as a prime example of a non-invasive transport link.
For more details and 3D views on the new cable-car see www.auenfeldjet.at
Crystal Ski offers ski holidays to Lech-Zürs and St Anton in the Arlberg ski region. Prices are from £529 in St Anton at the catered Chalet Ilona (includes flights and transfers) and from £695 at the catered Chalet Hilde in Lech-Zürs. Crystal Ski (www.crystalski.co.uk; 0871 231 2256)
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AUENFELDJET facts and figures
Start of construction: spring 2013
Planned opening: winter 2013/14
Length: 2,071.66 metres
Height above sea level, lower station: 1,719 metres
Height above sea level, upper station: 1,786 metres
Type of cable-car: single-cable continuously circulating
cable-car with 10 gondolas, made by Doppelmayr
Passenger capacity: 1,490 persons per hour
Investment amount: EUR 12 million including avalanche defence system
Owner: Auenfeldjet GmbH & Co. KG
New skiing area at Lech Zürs and Warth-Schröcken from winter 2013/14
Number of lifts and cable-cars: 47
Total length of pistes and slopes: 190km
Ski Arlberg skiing area from winter 2013/14
Number of lifts and cable-cars: 94
Total length of pistes and slopes: 340km
Ski Arlberg ski-pass valid for the entire Arlberg region including the Warth-Schröcken area.