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Mürren To Unveil World’s Steepest Cable Car

Mürren To Unveil World’s Steepest Cable Car

Published : 02-Jul-2024 12:30

Mürren is about to unveil its biggest hi-tec upgrade since the filming of Bond Movie "On Her Majesty's Secret Service' there more than 55 years ago helped fund the completion of Piz Gloria, the world's first revolving mountain restaurant.

This time it's the upgrading of the main uplift that's going to be grabbing headlines next season with the Schilthornbahn 20XX coming to fruition after more than five years of planning and construction.

For skiers the main news is the replacement of the old lifts with much more comfortable and spacious lifts of the 'Funifor' variety …a type of gondola/cable car hybrid known for its stability in strong winds.

The upper two new sections between Mürren and the top of the Schilthorn will now have this kind of lift, promising a faster, more comfortable ascent with 25% more personal space per passenger.

However the full series of lifts from Stechelberg in the valley will reduce from four to three sections, cutting nearly a fifth from the combined line length, achieved in part my creating the steepest cable car ascent in the world – which will no doubt be an attraction in its own right. This lower section will be a traditional cable car, with an 85 people per cabin capacity, and a maximum gradient of 160%.

The cable car and lower section of the two funifor lifts, from Mürren to Birg, are expected to be ready for the start of the upcoming 24—25 season, however the top section to the summit of the Schilthorn will be closed until 15 March 2025. This will mean one black run from the top won't be accessible until mid-March next season, but everything else will be whilst the project is completed.

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