New ski lifts with special architectural challenges in South Tyrol

New 'King Laurin' gondola, architectural object that won't be seen
The legendary 'Rose Garden' at the Kölner Hütte mountain hut on the Moser Alm is to be fitted with a brand new 'invisible' mountain station. The new 10-seater 'King Laurin' gondola will replace the two current chairlifts and provide a full 1807-metre-long lift that will take you safely and in comfort from down to the cliffs in 6.5 minutes. Because the landscape is so important and part of UNESCO World Heritage, only the entrance and exit of the gondolas will be visible. The mountain station will be built completely inside the mountain, to the design of South Tyrolean architect Werner Tscholl. A special project that will be put into operation from Christmas 2020.

Kronplatz/Plan de Corones delivers brand new Olang 1+2 gondola in season 2020/2021
It is the biggest project ever to be delivered at Kronplatz. Olang 1+2, the new main lift for both summer and winter, will open in the 2020/2021 winter season. With a transport capacity of 3,900 people per hour, the lift system is not only the fastest and most innovative in the area, but also the most comfortable way to go directly from the valley to the slopes. The architectural masterpiece was designed by Ing. Cornelius Schlotthauer, former Senior Associate at Zaha Hadid Architects.

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The final puzzle piece of a modern 3 Zinnen Dolomites ski resort
The Seilbahn Helm-Sexten cable lift has been providing snow fun for skiers, hikers and families atop Helm/Monte Elmo since 1981. After almost 40 years, it is time for a change. The then modern lift has been upgraded and has now been replaced by a new 10-seater Helmjet Sexten gondola. A premium gondola that can be dismantled when needed, such as for maintenance. In addition, the lift station in Sexten/Sesto has also been completely renovated with state-of-the-art facilities to give guests more comfort and reduce crowding and waiting times. The new lift system is the final piece of the puzzle to make the 3 Zinnen Dolomites area a full-fledged ski resort. Just six years ago, the area consisted of only 50 kilometres of slopes on two mountains. Now five mountains are connected, with 115 kilometres of slopes, 31 modern gondolas and lifts, five restaurants, rental services and a service centre with one of the most advanced facilities in the Alps.

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About South Tyrol

South Tyrol is Italy's northernmost province and lies on the southern side of the Alps. The mountains in this area are known as the Dolomites. It is sunny as many as 300 days a year, making it the ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Culinary delights are certainly possible in this area, which has the highest density of Michelin stars per square kilometre in Italy. South Tyrol's rich and turbulent history means there is much to visit and admire culturally. For more information on South Tyrol, visit