The Corona crisis and the associated shift in values has forced the Weisse Arena Gruppe to put its future projects to the test. Can planned major projects such as the Cassons cableway be realized? Will guests still feel safe in large gondolas? In the months following the lockdown, Reto Gurtner, Chairman and Delegate of the Board of Directors, together with the cableway builder Roland Bartholet of Flumser Bartholet Maschinenbau AG and Martin Hug, who is responsible for the cableways in the Weisse Arena Gruppe, questioned the existing plans in video conferences and meetings over the course of several days. In the end they developed a new idea for the Cassons project.
We want to arrive in the 21st century with cableway construction.
Reto Gurtner, Chairman and Delegate of the Board of Directors at Weisse Arena Gruppe
Thus, the philosophy of the electric car manufacturer Tesla was merged with the proven technology of mountain cableways. With this new concept, the mountain cableways can not only save up to 50 percent energy but alsow up to 80 percent of maintenance costs. This reduction is achieved when gondolas are only sent on the line when they actually carry people. As a frequency analysis of the Foppa lift has shown, 93 percent of the chairs are not occupied. Therefore, the traditional mountain cableway system was turned upside down. All means of transport, i.e. chairs and gondolas on the Flims-Foppa-Startgels line and in future further on to Segnes-Cassons/Nagens, are always parked in the station and only sent on the line when occupied by guests. The lift will also function like an elevator that does not stop automatically on each floor, but the guest decides where he wants to go – whether to Foppa or all the way to Cassons. That is innovation and pure Greenstyle. Learn more in an interview with Reto Gurtner and Arno Krucker, President of the pro Flims-Cassons association (in German).