From Germany to Japan and Scandinavia to Eastern Europe, ski resorts have been busy building new chairlifts and gondolas - and in one case, a mixture of both this summer. Here are the biggest projects out there.

New lifts for Obertsdorf on the Austria/Germany border

Although a replacement lift for the Eibseeseilbahn to the summit of the Zugspitze at Garmisch will not be ready for the upcoming season, two major new lifts have been built at the German resort of Obertsdorf. Although the new Olympiabahn at Ifen is just over the Austrian border, it will make a big difference to the snowsure ski area, as will the heated Bierenwangbahn at the Fellhorn/Kanzelwand sector on the German side of the border.

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Investment continues in Eastern Europe

Despite a tricky season last winter, development continues apace in Eastern Europe. A new 15-seater Doppelmayr gondola has been installed at Jasna in Slovakia, on the southern side of the Chopok Mountain. Rosa Khutor continues to reap the rewards from the Sochi 2014 Olympics,with no fewer than three new lifts (two gondolas and a chairlift) going up over the summer in the Ober Khutor sector of the mountain. Meanwhile three new fast 6-seater chairs have been built across Poland, at the resorts of Kasina Wielka, Czarna Gora and Szczyrk.
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A few new lifts to shout about from Scandinavia

Up in Scandinavia it has been a relatively quiet summer. However family favourite Trysil has bucked the trend in building their new Skihytta 6-seater fast chair, which is set to transform the southern sector of the resort. As has the Swedish resort of Kläppen which has seen Sweden’s biggest project of the summer – a brand new 10-seat gondola from lift manufacturers Doppelmayr.
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A Japanese first for Niseko

Moving further afield to Japan and if you’re visiting the powder-mecca of Niseko keep an eye out for a new, record-breaking combi lift. The 6-seat chair/8-seat cabin combination is Japan’s first chondola, their first fast lift to have six seat chairs and one of the gondolas will be the first anywhere to have a glass floor!