Churwalden station and new Churwalden-Heidbüel 8-seater gondola lift
The railway manufacturer, Bartholet, from Flums (BMF), is developing the first 8-seater gondola lift designed by Porsche Design, together with Lenzerheide Bergbahnen AG and Porsche Design Studio from Zell am See. The new lift will be the centrepiece of the planned station in Churwalden and will replace the outdated Churwalden - Heidbüel chair lift as of December 2015. This will allow guests to be transported to their skiing destination quickly, comfortably and in style. The name says it all: Even the prototype is setting hearts racing. The gondolas, designed by Porsche Design, masterfully combine technology with style, functionality and comfort.
Building will commence in April 2015. In order to ensure the surroundings are also appealing and the needs of the guests can be fully met, the plans for Churwalden station also include a new restaurant, sport shop with rentals, new tourist information centre and integration with ski schools.
The Churwalden – Heidbüel gondola lift shall include, shortly after the completion of the Arosa Lenzerheide ski resort merger, an additional flagship project. At the same time, the accessibility of the Churwalden station will be improved significantly by the addition of a new bus terminal and additional parking spaces. Churwalden will thus become an important springboard for daily visitors.
Facts & Figures Churwalden gondola lift
|railway type||8-seater gondola lift|
|Inclined length||1777,7 m|
|Difference in altitude||687 m|
|Travel speed||6 m/s|
|Travel time||4 min 56 sec|
|Capacity||1.800 persons per hour on both sides (final version 2.200)|
|Number of vehicles||42 / 57 gondolas at 8 persons|
|Parking||Mountain station Heidbüel|
|Driving power||675 kW|
|∅ Hoist cable||53 mm|
|Number of supports||12 supports|
|Railway manufacturer||Bartholet Maschinenbau AG|
|Gondoal design||Porsche Design Studio|
|Electromechanical element||Sisag AG|
|Portal architect||Ritter Schumacher AG|
|Environmental construction supervision||Hartmann & Monsch AG, F. Knüsel|
|Investment amount||circa 14,2 Mio. CHF|