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10 Amazing Ski Lifts You Would Want To Ride On


Vanoise Express

Vanoise Express - La Plagne to Les Arcs, French Alps
The extraordinary Vanoise Express is recognised as one of the largest ski gondolas in the world, each car is able to hold up to 100 people at a time. In 2013, renowned designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac created an artistic livery to celebrate the iconic Vanoise Express’s 10th anniversary. Later in 2015 the designer returned to create yet another unique display across the famous double decker carriages that can still be seen to date.


Skyway

Skyway, Monte Bianco, Courmayeur, Italy
Described as the Eight Wonder of the world, Skyway Monte Bianco is one of the newest and latest in ski cable car design, linking the Italian ski resort of Courmayeur to Chamonix in France through the amazing Mont Blanc region. The round cable cars boast modern designs with panormic views. The stunning 360° terrace platform at Punta Helbronner station is an architectural masterpiece, where you can take in the breath-taking views of the Alps.


Peak2Peak

Peak2Peak, Whistler, Canada
Not your average gondola ride, Peak2Peak is a journey across the skies of British Columbia, taking you between Whistler and the Blackcomb mountains, even making it into the Guinness World Records for the longest free-span and highest ski gondolas of its kind. One of Peak2Peak's key features is the special glass-bottom gondola – perfect for a bird's-eye view but definitely not for the faint-hearted!


Titlis Rotair

Titlis Rotair, Engelberg, Switzerland
The world’s first revolving ski gondola - Titlis Rotair transports you right to the summit of Titlas mountain station (3,020 metres above sea-level). The revolving car allows a total 360° degree panoramic view of the resort's most breath-taking and idyllic views. The duration from the middle station to mountain station is around 5 minutes.


Single Chair

Single Chair, Mad River Glen, Vermont, USA
One of Vermont’s very first ski resorts, Mad River Glen first opened back in December 1948. Over the years the resort has become a popular winter destination where you will find a wealth of winter sports and unique surroundings. Mad River Glen is also famed for its single ski chair lift which takes skiers to the top of General Stark Mountain.


The Dachstein Sudwandbahn

The Dachstein Südwandbahn, Austria
When the Dachstein Glacier ski area first introduced the Dachstein Südwandbahn cable car, it opened up a whole new world of mountain transport for skiers. The Dachstein Panorama Gondola is made entirely from glass and even has an open air viewing platform on top of the gondola for braver passengers. Rising 1,000 metres in six minutes, the gondola arrives at the mountain station, where you can take a stroll on the Skywalk - it is a walkway that extends outwards away from the mountain, offering a truly unique view and experience.


The Porsche Chairlift

The Porsche Chairlift, Laax, Switzerland
If you are looking for the very best of winter ski holidays, then look no further than Laax - home to the one and only Porsche Ski Chairlift, created by Porsche Design Studios; Expect nothing less than total luxury with its solar powered heated seats. The chair lift also swivel 45° so that you can take in more of the spectacular mountain views enroute. Can you imagine a better way to travel to the pistes than this?


The Tschuggen Express

The Tschuggen Express, Tschuggen Grand Hotel, Arosa, Switzerland
The Tschuggen Express is Tschuggen Grand Hotel’s very own mountain railway which opened in 2009. Exclusive for hotel guests the railway can transport up to 12 guests directly to the skiing and hiking area, whilst offering passengers blankets of snow and alpine views. There is also a new cable car connection between Arosa and Lenzerheide which opened in 2014.


Sauna gondola

Sauna gondola, Yllas, Lapland, Finland
The Yllas ski resort is home to the world’s one and only sauna gondola. Following in the footsteps of the Finnish sauna culture it’s hard to find a place in Finland that doesn’t have a sauna so why break tradition. The sauna gondola takes you on a roundtrip from top of Ylläs, down to the Gondola station and then up again, taking approximately 20min.


Galzigbahn Station

Galzigbahn, St Anton, Austria
The final ski lift on our list is the visually impressive Galzigbahn station in St. Anton, Austria. Boasting a much more modern and futuristic design, the station proudly puts its mechanics on display. Much like a Ferris wheel, the cable cars are hoisted and glided up the snowy mountains.


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