NEWS about Schlossalm NEW
Winter | Sep 11, 2017
Project “Schlossalm New”
Construction work on the station buildings (valley, mid- and mountain stations) as well as the line for the new Schlossalmbahn lift has been projected to cost 6.7 million euro. Foundations for the protective structure over the ÖBB-Tauernbahn rail line as well as the second stage of the gondola will be built this year.
Piste construction, the reservoir and avalanche-protection dam will eat up around 3.6 million euro in the first year of construction. 3.3 million euro is being invested in a highly efficient snowmaking system. 13.6 million euro in total will flow into the “Schlossalm NEW” project in the summer months.
The entire building project was approved pursuant to a very extensive environmental impact assessment process and will now be implemented in several stages. The new Schlossalmbahn and the new piste up to the mid-station will be opened in December 2018.
Gasteiner Bergbahnen AG is investing around 85 million euro over the coming years in improvements to comfort and capacity. The new multifunction valley terminal on the far side of the main Gastein road will provide for stress-free access to the Schlossalm ski area in future. Up at the new mountain station, guests are greeted by an ideal distribution point, from where they have three different options to choose from for their downhill run (Schlossalm, Kleine Scharte and Haitzingalm), each dropping more than 1200 vertical meters. Furthermore, the pistes will be expanded by 20 hectares, while a new reservoir with a water capacity of 150,000 cubic meters will provide optimal snowmaking for the entire Schlossalm ski area.
A detailed financing concept was developed in order to implement this project. “A quarter of the total investment can be covered by free cash flow. Here we are talking about around 21.3 million euro”, explain Wolfgang Egger and Franz Schafflinger, CEO of Gasteiner Bergbahnen AG. A combination of various external financing instruments is being employed to raise the remaining 63.5 million euro.
One element of external financing is an innovative citizen participation model, which will be continued in the coming season. Anyone interested in participating in the next round of citizen-participation can sign up now to receive the very latest updates. Further information is available on the Internet at 1000x1000.at/skigastein.
Mit der Öffnung der Mittelflanke wurde unterhalb der Haitzingalm ein neuer Pistenabschnitt geschaffen, der bereits in der kommenden Wintersaison zum Teil nutzbar sein wird. Im Endausbau wird diese Skipiste eine spürbare neue Wirkung der Schlossalm entfalten. Die Umfahrungsmöglichkeit für schwächere Skifahrer bleibt bestehen. Im nächsten Jahr wird dieser Pistenabschnitt fertiggestellt und bis zur Mittelstation fortgeführt.
With the opening of the middle flank below the Haitzingalm, a new section of slopes has been created, which will be already partly usable in the coming winter season. In the final stage, this ski slope will unfold a noticeable new effect of the Schlossalm. The possibility of by passing for weaker skiers will remain. Next year, this section of the run will be completed and carried on to the middle station.
Optimization snow cannons
The water supply system was optimized trough the new snow pipes. We achieve a higher impact in snowmaking by 55 additional snow cannons and 16 snow balances which were purchased this year. The construction of the Aeroplan II pumping station has also already started.