The Wonder Carpet: Longer, Higher, Wider!
A new logistical solution from Sunkid in Bettmeralp meets with impressive success
In recent years, the use of conveyor belts as lifts has proven to be an effective and functional logistical solution in ski resorts. Conveyor lifts improve access to restaurants and ski lifts and can be used as return transport as well. Most of all, local operators are most impressed with the increase in user friendliness when conveyors are employed. In Bettmeralp (Switzerland), this technology has reached a new milestone in its development as part of a project from Sunkid: an existing anchor-tow lift was replaced with a conveyor belt to increase capacity for return transport. The new lift solution is the longest Wonder Carpet with a width of 1200mm (standard: 600mm), at a length of 237m! In addition, the enclosure of the lift is a customized solution – with the roof raised 80cm to create an interior height of three meters. The Wonder Carpet in Bettmeralp is a new milestone: longer, higher, wider!
The new return transport solution from Sunkid is located in the Tanzboden area to quickly and easily return skiers to the centre. On peak days, the new 1200mm-wide conveyor achieved 2500 passenger trips per hour, guaranteeing quick, simple, and safe return transport for the guests. No waiting, no line – that's what impressed the operators and guests alike.
Longer, Higher, Wider!
The new lift solution is the longest Wonder Carpet with a width of 1200mm (standard: 600mm), at a length of 237m! BORER, along with its partner Sunkid, is the only manufacturer to offer Wonder Carpets in widths of 500mm, 600mm, 750mm, 900mm, and 1200mm, all based on a standardized substructure. The conveyor belt is powered by a double motor with a total capacity of 45kW. An active hydraulic system in the lower station provides the necessary tension for the belt. Access to the conveyor belt is controlled by entrance gates.
The custom-tailored gallery enclosure was raised by 80cm. This creates an interior space three meters high, and adds a special experience for passengers. The conveyor enclosure guarantees a beautiful view of the mountain panorama during good weather. In poor weather conditions, the enclosure protects skiers from rain, snow, wind, and cold. When snow falls, there is no need to clean off the conveyor before it can be started. As such, the system offers numerous advantages for service and maintenance as well as operation.
What made the decision to employ this new solution so easy were the higher capacity, reduced personnel costs, and increased user friendliness, not to mention the possibilities for alternative uses in the future. In both winter and summer, the conveyor belt lift is the ideal solution for skiers, hikers, wheelchair passengers, and families with children. The Wonder Carpet – the individual, multifunctional lift solution for the whole year!
Sunkid Wonder Carpet in Bettmeralp