Chairlifts, gondolas, cable cars and draglifts. Most of us take them for granted and expect fast lifts around every corner - but some lifts are slightly more special than others as the following list shows:
Lift technology has advanced incredibly quickly over recent years and replacement lifts are being built apace across the mountains each summer. However, in attempts to stand out from the crowd, resorts are pressing the major lift manufacturers (Doppelmayr, Leitner-Poma, LST & BMF) for unique features to help their project stand out from the crowd. Some might call these gimmicks – let us know what you think – but what they certainly show is some pretty impressive engineering.
The rotating chairlift - Laax (Switzerland)
Perhaps the most innovative chairlift to have been built so far was for the resort of Laax in 2012. Lift manufacturer BMF-Bartholet partnered with Porsche design to build a rotating (by 45° to get the best view), solar-heated chair with leather sports-car seats. Although this sounds like a daunting task, the new lift was built within schedule and is amongst the most popular in the area – especially as it serves some of the best off piste in Laax.