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Kitzbühel has announced it is investing 26 million Euros on upgrades this summer including the installation of another two high speed new chairlifts in its on-going programme of upgrades to one of the world’s most impressive fleets of on-mountain uplift.
The high speed six-seat ‘Walde’ chair lift is a major upgrade on a 51-year-old T-bar-lift which used to run on that route.
The second new chairlift “Steinbergkogel” replaces a 35-year-old slow-moving double chair lift.
This new lift will be a high speed eight-seater chair with heated seats and means Kitzbuhel is one of only three ski areas in the world to operate three or more of this type of high capacity chairlift, along with fellow leading Tirol resort Mayrhofen and the Silvretta ski area, also in Austria in the neighbouring province of Vorarlberg.
Around 50 resorts have installed 8 seat chairlifts since the first was built in the small Norwegian resort of Vrådal almost 15 years ago in 1998.