With up to 1.2 m/s, guests are transported upwards from the 162-meter Moving Carpet.
Several measures were implemented in parallel to make the area of the municipality of Gryon-Frience (CH) more attractive all year round. The 162-meter-long Sunkid Moving Carpet with a wooden gallery and gable roof plays the main role as a pivotal point. After detailed discussions between the tourism responsible persons and Sunkid-Borer GF Axel Halder a small but fine experience world was developed, which will set impulses in summer and winter.
For this purpose, a pond was excavated and the excavated material was used to raise the top station of the conveyor belt system by two meters and to adjust the slope all around accordingly. A completely new terrain structure was created, which made it possible to dispense with the previous two lifts. The pond that has now been created will be used in the future as a storage pond in winter and as a swimming pond in summer.
In winter, the Moving Carpet itself opens up a tubing track on one side, while the other side is used as a practice slope for beginners. Various other attractions are already planned for the summer, which will ensure that the Moving Carpet is used to capacity all year round.
The discussions surrounding this project dragged on for a long time, as those responsible wanted a Person Conveyor Belt, but not a standard gallery made of Plexiglas. This meant that the project had already been shelved. Until the moment when Eric Chabloz, responsible for tourism, discovered a wooden gallery in the Sunkid-Borer brochure, which he liked straight away. "The design with its gable roof reminded me strongly of the Chapel Bridge in Lucerne," he recalls. After a visit to Serfaus (AUT), where there was already a gallery of identical construction built by Sunkid, the die was finally cast. The project was unanimously approved and implemented.