902 ft (275m) combined SwissCord and Comfort Start ski lift

Saint Imier (CH): A special solution was required to act as a suitable shuttle from the parking lot to the ski resort access point.

As can be seen in the pictures, the parking lot of the small Les Bugnenets-Savagnières ski resort (near Neuchatel) is situated very far from the ski resort, on the other side of the hill, so to speak. The guests walk from the parking lot a few hundred meters through a kind of basin, from where they go towards the ski resort or to the ticket booth. The combination of the drive and deflection of the Sunkid Comfort Star and the bow-free ATLAS plastic cord of the SwissCord, along with a special custom-manufactured intermediate support provided the ideal solution. To easily react to the sharply fluctuating snow level here, the lift was equipped with electrohydraulic height adjustment.

Furthermore, the system demonstrated unexpected added value during the first weeks of operation. Due to easy handling and low positioning, it is used not only as a shuttle lift as was originally intended, but the upper part of the lift suddenly became a repeat ride lift.

Technical Details:

  • Length: 902 ft (275m)
  • Height difference: approx. 59 ft (18m)
  • Speed: Variable 0.98 – 5.9 ft per second (0.3 – 1.8 m/s)
  • Driving and deflecting: pulley Comfort Star 7.5kW
  • Intermediate support: Custom manufacture
  • Height adjustment: Electrohydraulic up to 8 ft (2.5m)
  • Overrun fuse: Folding bellows
  • Cord: ATLAS plastic cord Ø 0.63 in (16mm) with 66 handgrips

2016-03

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