Jasna to open lift to link North and South Side!
Tue 05 June 12
The new era of the Tatras is becoming more visible and by the end of 2012 the Tatras can look forward to 3 new cableways, additional trails and extra snowmaking.
This is no more evident in the resort of Jasna where major work is underway to link the Chopok mountain with the southside.
Bohuš Hlavatý, chairman of the Board of Directors of TMR, explained.
“The most important investment project that we want to finish by the beginning of the following winter season is the new cableway system, Funitel. The cabin cableway Funitel belongs to the latest technologies of its kind in the world and enables operation even with wind speed up to 120 km per hour. Launching this break-through technology in Jasna is a major step in fulfilling of the strategic goal to link the north side of Chopok mountain with the south side with cableways“
The complex project of linking Chopok North with South also includes
investment into a 15-person cabin cableway at the location of Kosodrevina – Chopok and additional snowmaking up to the top of Chopok mountain from the north and south side.
The ride to the peak of Chopok will go from the station Priehyba (the terminal station of 6-seat cableway), and the visitors of the Low Tatras can get to the peak of Chopok in just 6 and a half minutes. The transportation capacity of the new cableway will be 2480 persons/hour, every cabin travels the distance of more than 2000 meters and also climbs 655 meters. In comparison with chairlifts, the transportation speed increases to 7 m/s.
According to positive experience the cableway will be the new
model of cableway from the leading producer of these systems, the Doppelmayr company.
“The dream of many skiers about an easy link of the north side of Chopok mountain with the south one started by building of the first section Záhradky – Priehyba. Thanks to the Funitel we mitigate the dependence on weather conditions. The shutdown of the upper part of the resort because of the wind will be past and we will make the trails in the South accessible without any limitations,”
Said Bohuš Hlavatý, chairman of the TMR Board.
The good news for snowboarders is the fact that starting the following winter season TMR will put technical snow into operation in the upper section of the resort, which till now relied on natural snow only.
“Thereby we will assure a sufficient area of the trails for comfortable and quality skiing in this location, operated by the most modern cableways in Slovakia”, added Hlavatý.
Winter in Jasná will have another dimension due to more kilometres of technically snowed trails, and in winter 2012/2013 the Funitel will fundamentally change the transportation quality provided by the resorts in Slovakia.
Besides Funitel, by the end of 2012 TMR will also build a cableway in the Low Tatras, Twinliner, which will enable skiers to get from Biela pút to Priehyba, from where they will ride Funitel to the top of Chopok mountain.
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