Mayrhofen / Austria: THE NEW 3S-PENKENBAHN BRINGS BETTER QUALITY
THE MOST ADVANCED ROPEWAY TECHNOLOGY IN THE WORLD IS COMING TO MAYRHOFEN
The beginning of construction of the new bridge at the Penkenbahn bottom station in the fall of 2014 marked the first step in the process of building the all-new, state-of-the-art 3S Gondola Lift on Action Mountain Penken. On the 13 April, at the end of 2014–15 winter season, the construction will begin at the bottom station in the center of Mayrhofen. Construction of the massive support pillars and summit station will begin at the same time. Before the start of the 2015–16 winter season, the bicable gondola lift currently in use will be replaced with the most modern ropeway system on the market. The new Penkenbahn will provide passengers with a quick, comfortable, and quiet ride, plenty of room, and fantastic views of the Zillertal Alps surrounding Mayrhofen. Each of the 33 gondolas will have seats for 24 passengers and will be able to transport a maximum of 2,880 passengers per hour up to the ski resort. During the evening peak hours, there will be room for an additional 8 standees, resulting in a downhill capacity of 3,840 passsengers per hour. As a result, waiting times will no longer be an issue.
Furthermore, the new Penkenbahn has been designed so that, in case the system comes to a standstill due to a technical problem, an emergency, or a power failure, for instance, the gondolas can be retrieved using two independent standby drives. Therefore, once the new 3S Gondola Lift is completed, a rescue gondola will no longer be needed. Large and practical storage areas at both the bottom and summit stations will have plenty of room for storing ski equipment. Furthermore, rental stations, shops, and service facilities will ensure a great skiing experience for everyone. Guests will be able to stroll through town or head to an après-ski bar without being burdened by all of their own gear.
UNINTERRUPTED SERVICE FOR SUMMER GUESTS
Although construction of the new Penkenbahn will be ongoing, during the summer of 2015 the guests will be able to travel comfortably up to the summit of Action Mountain Penken with the Horbergbahn and the 4-person Lärchwald chair lift. A free shuttle bus service between Mayrhofen and Schwendau will guarantee fast and easy transportation to and from the Horbergbahn. Plenty of free parking will also be available.