The iconic cable car that ran between Cortina d’Ampezzo and Col Drusciè in the Tofana sector is to be replaced after 50 years.
The cable car, installed in 1969, will be replaced by a new 10-seater gondola next winter, nearly tripling capacity on the route from 675 to 1800 people per hour.
The new gondola will also substitute the chairlift from Colfiere to Col Drusciè: there will be an intermediate station in Colfiere where skiers will be able either to get off the gondola or step in. For this reason, the ascent up to Col Drusciè will last 90 seconds more but it will reduce queues and waiting time.
In addition it has been announced that for the winter season 2020/21, a new high-speed quad chairlift with pull-down weather-protection hood is also being built in the resort’s Tofana sector.
The area was made famous on the world scene during the 1956 Olympics in Cortina when ski racing legend Tony Sailer won the special slalom ski race.
Cortina will host the Alpine Skiing World Championships again the season after next in February 2021 and will host the World Cup Finals in March 2020. It will also learn on Monday 24th June if it has been successful in its joint bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics.
In addition in the Cinque Torri ski area, a new slope is expected to be ready for the beginning of next Winter season. The piste will be named Lino Lacedelli, after the famous climber from Cortina. It will be used for the trainings during the 2021 World Ski Championships. Work is starting this summer also for a new artificial lake to guarantee easy snow making and other use of water in the Cinque Torri area.