It appears to have been the summer of the new gondola in Italy, with no fewer than six high-capacity, luxury gondolas springing up ahead of the 2017/18 winter.
Chris Madoc-Jones' full round up of new lifts can be found in Issue 2 of this season's Ski+board
Two luxury car manufacturers have also waded in, so skiers in San Domenico will get the chance to ride in brand new cabins designed by Porsche and those visiting Val Gardena will see Ferrari-designed, Pininfarina cabins on their new Piz Seteur gondola.
As mentioned, one of the key links in the world-famous Sella Ronda circuit has been beefed up at the resort of Val Gardena. The Piz Seteur chairlift has been upgraded to a luxury ten-seat gondola with an angled mid-station and a massive capacity of 3,450 skiers per hour. With cabins designed by Ferrari’s design studio Pininfarina and lift stations designed by architects Perathoner, the lift is as visually striking as it is ski area enhancing.
This article was originally published in the November 2017 issue of Ski+board, read the full magazine online here.
Just off the main circuit, the Ciampac sector above the town of Canazei has also seen a new gondola ahead of the 2017/18 season. The first Doppelmayr D-Line lift to grace the Italian mountains is set to significantly improve the journey up from the valley floor to the sunny, snowsure plateau above. Another offshoot of the main loop above San Cassiano has also been improved by a new fast six-pack. Replacing a queue-prone four-seater, the new Biok lift will give even more reason to venture away from the main Sella Ronda circuit.
A mere 15km down the Val di Fassa at the resort of Alpe Lusia, skiers will notice a huge difference this season. A ten-seat access gondola has been built directly from the town of Moena to the slopes, removing the need to catch a bus to the lift base, making this a great daytrip destination from the likes of Canazei further up the valley.