Milestone project at Snow Space Salzburg
New Flying Mozart gondola lift
With the renewal of the Flying Mozart gondola lift in Wagrain, the premium ski area is setting new standards in terms of comfort and transport capacity.
The Flying Mozart gondola lift, which leads from Kirchboden in Wagrain over two sections on top of the Grießenkareck, is with 1.3 million trips per winter season one of the busiest cable cars in the Snow Space Salzburg ski area. In 2021, a modern and powerful monocable gondola with 10-person cabins will be built to replace the 31-year-old gondola lift.
The heart of the gondola lift is the new underground middle station; in the future it will enable same-level access to the G-Link aerial tramway, which connects the Grießenkar with the Grafenberg.
The mountain station was moved up a little and is now at the same height as the mountain station of the 8-seater Starjet 3 chairlift, which leads up the mountain from the Flachau side. This results in a much wider range of slopes in the area of the mountain station. The long straights in the stations enable a very comfortable entry and exit at a significantly reduced driving speed. The new Flying Mozart gondola lift will cover the 970 vertical meters to the Grießenkareck in less than 11 minutes and is able to carry up to 4,000 guests per hour uphill, making waiting times at the valley and middle stations a thing of the past.
Enjoy the virtual ride on the new Flying Mozart
We have summarized all the important stages of the new construction of the Flying Mozart gondola for you here.
On June 15th, 2021, work began on mounting the supporting towers of the new Flying Mozart at their final location. For most of the supporting towers this is done using a crane. In some places inaccessible by crane, the supporting towers will be installed by helicopter at a later point in time.
At the beginning of June 2021, the first elements of the cable car supporting towers were delivered and pre-assembled on the mountain before they are assembled at their respective locations by crane and helicopter.
After we demolished the valley and middle station of our old Flying Mozart gondola lift at the end of February, the mountain station was demolished on May 6, 2021. Above the station you can already see the mountain station of our new Flying Mozart 10-seater gondola, which we will put into operation at the beginning of winter 2021/22.
On Monday, February 22nd, 2021, the demolition of the old gondola lift began and construction work for the new gondola lift continued. The legendary Flying Mozart gondola cabins were removed and sold to cable car fans via the ETM company. The demand was huge and accordingly quickly all 95 cabins were sold out. Cabin number 31 for example has made it from Wagrain to Wallendorf near Saxony-Anhalt, 700 kilometers away, and adorns the terrace of Christian K. now.
Due to the decision of the Austrian federal government to extend the official lockdown of the hotels and gastronomy, Snow Space Salzburg decided to resume construction work on the ultra-modern 10-seater Flying Mozart gondola earlier than originally planned. On Sunday, February 21st, winter sports enthusiasts had the last opportunity to take a ride in the "old" Flying Mozart gondola lift, which was built in 1988, from Wagrain-Kirchboden onto the Grießenkar. In the past 33 years, the gondola lift has completed 58,000 hours of operation and has carried a total of 33.7 million winter sports enthusiasts and hikers accident-free to the Grießenkar, which is located at 1,991 meters above sea level.
Josef Viehhauser, the operations manager who was responsible for the construction of the railway in 1988, got the honour of taking the railway out of operation for the very last time, together with Wolfgang Hettegger and Rupert Fritzl.
An era comes to an end... Good bye, "old" Flying Mozart!
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated many open question marks for the 2020 construction season, Snow Space Salzburg has decided to extend the construction phase for the new Flying Mozart gondola by one year. The demolition of the old Flying Mozart gondola lift, as well as the construction work for the new valley and middle station and the route construction were postponed to summer 2021. The new mountain station of the Flying Mozart gondola, which is about 50 meters above the old mountain station, was built in summer 2020. The modern station building is located at the highest point of the Grießenkar directly opposite of the Starjet 3 mountain station. In the basement of the mountain station are large sanitary facilities. From the Kogelalmbahn you can reacht the new Flying Mozart mountain station by elevator.
Impressions of the new Flying Mozart mountain station
On September 3rd, the celebratory presentation of the milestone project "Flying Mozart & Panorama Link" took place in the course of the groundbreaking ceremony at the middle station of the Flying Mozart.
The highlights at a glance
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