Sunkid Flying High on the Kitzsteinhorn at 3,000 m Above Sea Level
The resort of Kaprun in Austria recently became home to the highest Sunkid Wonder Carpet in Europe.
The Kitzsteinhorn glacier in Kaprun offers fun on the piste 365 days a year. As the only glacier ski area in the Salzburg region, the resort gives skiing and snow enthusiasts the chance to enjoy the white stuff even in summer. To attract even more visitors to the area, the management has continually looked to expand the range of attractions and activities on offer during the summer months.
As well as a large network of hiking trails, the Kitzsteinhorn area offers breathtaking views and a unique glacier experience. A specially built 362m tunnel running through the Kitzsteinhorn mountain itself offers visitors a unique experience.
The management of Kaprun decided to create the Eisarena snow leisure park at 3,000 metres above sea level. The area offers guests the chance to peep inside an igloo, chill out on a deckchair on the snow beach, sit at the wheel of a full-size piste basher or simply relax with a cooling drink at the ice bar.
However, the undoubted highlight is the 50 metre-long snow-sliding park in the middle of the glacier. It was decided to install a Sunkid Wonder Carpet to bring guests back to the top of the slope. The conveyor is simple, modern and comfortable and makes using the sliding park even more fun!
The 51-metre conveyor is powered by a 7.5 kW drive motor. One of the fundamental requirements of any lift installed on glacial terrain is the ability to adapt to the constantly shifting ice contours. For this reason, it was decided to use the tried and tested Sunkid chain technology which adapts perfectly to concave and convex terrain with a gradient of up to 25%.
The management of the glacier ski area in Kaprun also decided to equip the conveyor with the patented Sunkid ‘Radius’ side-exit technology. This new Sunkid innovation makes the lift even safer by reducing the number of service interruptions as well as making the daily servicing of the conveyor easier. The facility boasts a maximum transport capacity of 2,000 guests an hour, making it perfect for major events in the Kitzsteinhorn Eisarena.
This expansion of the summer ski area on the Kitzsteinhorn glacier is just the latest in a long list of innovations in the area. Since opening in 1965, the region has been the site of a number of innovations. For example, Kaprun is still home to the tallest cable car pylon in the world at a staggering 113.6 m; the area was also the very first in the world to install a live camera in the ski area and now houses the highest Sunkid Wonder Carpet in Europe at 3,000 metres above sea level!