Every year the Swiss Alps draw snow enthusiasts from across the globe so it's no surprise that lift construction has kept pace with visitor numbers.
Chris Madoc-Jones' full round up of new lifts can be found in Issue 2 of this season's Ski+board
As with last winter, the expansion of Andermatt takes centre stage in the Swiss Alps. Construction continued apace over the summer and skiers can expect three more lifts to be up and running by the new season. The link to Sedrun won’t quite be complete, but permits are being obtained for the final connection – expect this is 2018/19. Elsewhere, a new luxury gondola at Gstaad looks set to make a big difference, as does a new fast six-seater in Davos – complete with bubbles and heated seats.
Once again, work at the central Swiss resort of Andermatt has grabbed the headlines in the Swiss Alps. Since the takeover of the resort by Egyptian businessman Samih Sawaris in 2009, six new lifts have been built – three of which popped up over the summer. The key lift is an eight-seater gondola rising over 900m from town up to the main ski area at Gütsch. This was joined by two six-seat chairlifts with bubbles at Hinter Bördli - Strahlgand and Forder Felli – Schneehünderstock, bringing the link to neighbouring Sedrun ever nearer.