Cable Cars – Cable Transport – Ski Lifts

September 20, 2013 in Machinery

Cable Cars of Switzerland

Switzerland is amongst other things, world renown and famous for their Alpine aerial lift systems and networks. Aerial lifts we talk about now refer to cable transport that include aerial tramways, Chairlifts, Funifors, Funitels, Cable Cars and Gondola lifts for transporting both passengers and freight.

An aerial tramway, cable car, or aerial tram is a type of aerial lift which uses one or two stationary cables for support while a third moving cable provides propulsion. Depending on the size of the cable cars, line speeds and line lengths, transport capacities can vary between 1 and 2,000 persons or more per hour.

Swiss Innovation

The Swiss company Graventa AG, which is now currently owned by Doppelmayr, currently has product lines that include ropeway & cable systems for passenger transport. They also are constructed for material transport, avalanche blasting lifts, and cable-propelled systems for public transport.

The most famous Swiss cable car is the Titlis Rotair, located in Engelberg, Switzerland, canton of Obwalden.

Since 1992, Titlis has been the highest point in central Switzerland to transport visitors to the top of the Alps.

Titlis Rotair Cable Car


Von Roll AG of Switzerland was famous for their earlier cable transport systems and gongolas implemented in the Alpine regions of Switzerland.

Swiss Alps

Although the Swiss Alps are covered in chairlifts, cable cars and gondolas transporting tourists for winter sports and summertime trekking, there are currently no world records held by Switzerland for their cable transport systems.

Even though accidents involving cable cars are rare in Switzerland, they do sometimes happen, which is usually because of human error instead of manufacturing irregularities or non conforming standards of safety applied.

Ski Lifts in Switzerland

A ski lift is a power-driven conveyor, usually with attached tow bars, suspended chairs, or gondolas, used to carry skiers to the top of a trail or slope. Sometimes they are also called a ski tow, chairlift, surface lift or rope tow.