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Doppelmayr - Crossing boundaries with Funifor

Lagt til av: Espen Børresen | publisert: 11.07.2010

Doppelmayr built a Funifor from the Italian mountain village of Sella Nevea up to the 2,067m-high Prevala, right on the border between Italy and Slovenia in the Julian Alps.

Sella Nevea in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia *1) region is rightly known as the “snow pass”. The area has such reliable snowfall that it compares itself with winter resorts in the Western Alps of France and Switzerland, which lie 400 m higher in altitude. In the summer, the region provides an El Dorado for mountain hikers, with its wild and romantic rifts, couloirs and forests.

Downhill to Italy or Slovenia
The new Funifor “Prevala” closes the last gap in a ropeway chain and enables skiers to make full use of the massif crowned by the 2,587 m Kanin as a ski circuit. From Prevala, a 250m-long ski route leads to Slovenia and the quad chairlift “Sedlo”. This takes passengers up to the 2,292 m
Sedio, which is accessed by a lift from the village of Bovec Bovec lies on the other side of the mountain. It is possible to ski down on both sides. In total, the ski circuit encompasses over 30 kilometers of trails, with further expansion in the pipeline. Combined tickets are already
available for Bovec and Sella Nevea, and the ski area is also included in the “Cartea Neve”, the ski pass for the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region.

High flexibility, transparent operating costs
The main reasons for deciding on the Funifor system were as follows:

Wind stability

Operational flexibility. It’s possible to run with just one or with both cabins.

The ability to cross the steep, avalanche- prone slopes with one long rope span

no rescue ropeway is needed *2).

Long time in the making
The idea of creating this lift connection goes back to the 1980s. But it was not until Italy and Slovenia came together under the EU’s cross-border cooperation program that the project was begun in earnest. Nonetheless, the path continued to be fraught with difficulty as the top station is located near historical monuments dating from the First World War. Finally, after many compromises, planning permission was granted in 2008.

Construction was not straightforward …
Lift construction proved to be far from easy. At the end of the winter season up to 10 meters of snow had to be cleared in some places to free up the route for construction vehicles and delivery of the machinery and equipment to the building sites. The modules for the bottom station were transported by means of special vehicles over a vertical rise of 700 m from Sella Nevea via the ski slope to Refugio Gilberti at 1,848 m. The crew took the aerial tram for the first part of their journey, and then got to their building sites either by all-terrain vehicles or on foot. A material ropeway was installed from Refugio Gilberti to the Funifor top station. Both Bovec and Sella Nevea expect to see a huge boost to tourism.

100 FUF Prevala
Transport capacity 1,300 PPH
Trip time 4.5 min
Speed 12.0 m/s
Cabins 2
Inclined length 1,524 m
Vertical rise 287 m
Towers 0
Drive Bottom
Tension Bottom

1) Municipality of Chiusaforte, Province of Udine
2) As the haul ropes for both lines are driven independently, it is not necessary to provide a rescue carrier in an emergency, passengers can be evacuated using the other track. A bridge is then used to enable passengers in the stranded cabin to cross to the cabin on the other side.


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