The new winter season boasts two special new highlights to delight all skiing aficionados. At the beginning of December 2021, right on time for the start of the season, two long-serving ski lifts are set to be replaced with the start-up of the 10-person Zugerberg gondola and the 6-seater Madloch chairlift, offering even more comfort and increased capacity on the White Ring runs.
Skiing enthusiasts are well-familiar with the Zugerberg and Madloch lifts and their ski runs. In the Lech Zürs am Arlberg ski area, they are of major importance serving as connecting lifts between Lech/Oberlech, Zürs and Zug. After more than 50 years of service, the two chairlifts are going into well-deserved ‘retirement’ and from the start of the 2021/2022 winter season, will be replaced by two state-of-the-art lift facilities. From December 2021, skiers taking on the most legendary ski circuit in the Alps, the White Ring, or the Alps’ longest ski run, the RUN of FAME, can revel in the outstanding comfort offered by these two new facilities.
The new Zugerbergbahn gondola
The new Zugerbergbahn is a 10-person gondola with panoramic windows that travels the same distance in half the time, requiring less than five minutes to cover the 1,460 metres between the base station in Zug and the top station beside the Balmalp ski hut at a height of 2,105 metres.
Constructed completely underground, both the top and valley stations blend into the surrounding landscape. Access to the Balmalp is, likewise, underground so guests without skiwear can walk directly to events and festivities in the hut without getting cold, wet feet. And thanks to the new night-time operating licence for the gondola, events can also be held in the evening.
The new Madlochbahn chairlift
After more than 12.5 million rides, the Madloch chairlift is set to be replaced by a comfortable 6-seater chairlift complete with heated seats and weather protection hoods that can transport winter sports fans to the Madlochjoch top station at an altitude of 2,446 metres in just five minutes. As a connecting lift between Zürs and Lech, the chairlift contributes significantly to the unlimited skiing fun on offer in the Arlberg region.
The two new stations are free-standing and covered with a modern, lightweight steel and glass construction. The bottom station has been reconstructed on the opposite side of the lake, making access to the ski lift easier and relieving pressure on a bottleneck.
Fans of the legendary White Ring competition circuit are in for an additional treat: The back of each of the 50 weather protection hoods features one of the winners of the individual and team competitions of the “Bildstein Trophy”, thus paying tribute to the accomplishments of those daredevil skiing heroes and, undoubtedly, also inspiring future winners to take on the unique ‘Ring’ challenge.