Sunny Mountain – a new innovative Sunkid solution
Large extension of the Kappl ski Instruction facilities: new beginners' area and new downhill slope
The "Sunny Mountain" Adventure Park
The "Sunny Mountain" Adventure Park
Kappl Lifts constructed the Sunny Mountain Adventure Park directly next to the upper station of the Dias Gondola. The ski school uses these facilities for children and beginners during the winter. In addition to four Sunkid wonder carpets, two additional practice lifts are available to skiers and snowboarders. In addition to the newly constructed "Flaxi slope", named after the ski school's mascot, the Sunny Mountain Adventure Park also has wave trains and moguls suitable for beginners. The Sunkid Rotondo Ski and Tubing Carousel, and also the curvy snow tubing track, help provide fun during breaks. For those who prefer to take it easier, beautiful hiking trails surround the Sunny Mountain lake are available for visitors to enjoy.
During summer, Sunny Mountain is a popular excursion destination for locals and visitors alike. For children, there is plenty of space to play and explore. The Sunkid summer tubing track is a special attraction for visitors. Adults enjoy the spa and Kneipp cure facilities for relaxing and recharging.
Because of all these existing attractions, the Sunny Mountain Adventure Park was further enhanced and expanded to become a year-round destination for fun and leisure.
Expansion of the beginners' area
"Mehr Raum für Kinder" lautete die Devise der Bergbahnen Kappl und so entschieden sie sich, in Zusammenarbeit mit der Skischule Kappl Aktiv unter der Leitung von Herrn Thomas Jäger, für die Wintersaison 2009 das Anfängergelände zu erweitern. Das neue kindergerechte Gelände befindet sich oberhalb des bestehenden Skischulbereichs. Um den Höhenunterschied von 30 m einfach und komfortabel zu überwinden, entschieden sich die Bergbahnen Kappl für eine innovative Lösung mit der Unterstützung von Sunkid. Über einen 96 m langen Zauberteppich mit Förderbandüberdachung sowie einen 12 m langen Zauberteppich gelangen die Kinder der Skischule in den neuen Kinderbereich.
Forwards - Backwards
The small guests spend their lunch break in the Sunny Mountain Restaurant. To get there, children also use the new Sunkid conveyor belts. Right at noon, the 96-metre long wonder carpet changes direction to bring the children, along with their ski instructors, to the entrance of the Sunny Mountain Restaurant. At the end of a day of instruction, children can return again using the wonder carpet. For Kappl Lifts, the fact that Sunkid wonder carpets can convey passengers in both directions was the key factor in their decision to employ this logistical solution. “There is no other conveyor system available that provides the needed transport solution in combination with the necessary capacity and comfort!" says operation manager Andreas Kleinheinz, who is pleased with the Sunkid wonder carpets.
Additional special features of the Sunny Mountain facilities are the patented Sunkid "Radius" side-exit and the Sunkid gallery lift enclosure for the 96-metre long wonder carpet. The operator benefits from both features, gaining higher operating safety and reduced cleaning and maintenance requirements, and minimizing shutdowns due to extreme snowfall. The Sunkid special design of the side exit offers these benefits by substituting the shutdown switch and circuit box for a security door in the exit area. The enclosure for the conveyor belt allows maximum safety even in the harshest conditions, and also provides optimal comfort for guests - protecting passengers from snow, wind, rain, and cold!
The first impressions from this season show the value of investing in the expansion of the beginners' area. The large number of families are excited about the new improvements on Sunny Mountain and pleased with the results. Kappl Lifts also supports the ski school with their investment by providing better instructional facilities for children and beginners. The Sunkid Company was pleased to be able to deliver quality and service as a trusted partner in this project.