From the beginnings until today

The history of Bergbahnen See

The cable cars of See can look back on a long and fascinating history. First developments on the Medrigalm ski resort started back in 1972 when there was a one-seater chairlift taking skiers up the mountain right from the village centre. Back in the day, winter sports athletes only enjoyed a fraction of today’s extensive offers, with only one more drag lift available in addition to the ESL-Medrigjoch.

About 50 years later, the cable cars of See boasts nine state-of-the-art lifts and cable cars carrying a whopping 11,500 passengers an hour up the mountain. You would like to know more about the cable cars of See? We have the most important milestones of Bergbahnen See for you!

1972 to 1997: from the beginnings to the first snowboard funpark 

  • 1972 | 1973 – start of the Medrigjoch cable cars with a one-seater chairlift (ESL-Medrigjoch), a drag lift (Rauhkopflift) and the Medrigalm mountain restaurant
  • 1976 – construction of Almlift (length: 380 m, capacity: 800 passengers per hour)
  • 1978 – construction of Panoramalift (length: 720 m, capacity: 750 passengers per hour)
  • 1983 – construction of ESL-Zeinis (length: 1,350 m, capacity: 780 passengers per hour)
  • 1990 – completion of 6-EUB-Medrigjoch (length: 1,554 Meter, capacity: 1,460 passengers per hour) | construction of 4-SB-Rossmoos (length: 1,040 m, capacity: 2,200 passengers per hour) | restaurant extension to 250 seats
  • 1991 – extension of snow-making system | construction of toboggan run 
  • 1993 | 1994 – construction of Gratli restaurant | construction of a sports shop in the ski resort | extension of snow-making system |construction of toboggan run lighting 
  • 1997 – new snowboard funpark


2001 to 2006: new runs and lifts  

  • 2001 – shaping of the new Zeinis run | construction of the practice area above Medrigalm panoramic restaurant | new health and wellness park behind the panoramic restaurant 
  • 2002 – replacement of the Zeinis one-seater chairlift with a six-seater chairlift | construction of a platter lift, rope lift and conveyor belt at the practice area | extension of snow-making system | new lighting for night skiing on the new Zeinis run 
  • 2003 – construction of kindergarten | electrification and reconstruction of Medrigalm drag lift 
  • 2005 – shaping of the Versing run| planning and construction start of avalanche blasting ropeways Versing I and Versing II | construction of explosives storage facility

2006 to today: further expansion of the ski resort

  • 2006 – completion of Versing run and explosives storage facility | extension of snow-making system
  • 2007 – extension of snow-making system | construction of an umbrella bar on the Gratli
  • 2008 – start of valley descent realignment | construction of a parking lot with 350 parking spaces right next to the cable car valley station| construction of Medrigalm ice bar
  • 2009 – snow-making and power generation system: construction of three power houses (one pump station, two water-power plants) | completion of pipeworks, snow-making system and realignment of valley run| construction of an additional conveyor belt for the practice slope 
  • 2010 – extension of snow-making system | reconstruction of free-flow area at Medrigalm | Pistenbau panoramic restaurant (improvement of Grat run, “Adrenaline” slope)|construction of Gratli ski bridge | completion of power plant |establishment of a new ski run signage system | establishment of a village information channel
  • 2011 – construction of a playground at the cable car mountain station | extension of snow-making system
  • 2012 – extension of snow-making system – complete snow coverage possible since winter 2012/2013 | extension of the panoramic restaurant to accommodate 66 more seats | construction of snowcat diesel filling station
  • 2013 – extension of snow-making system | reconstruction of washing area – car wash | 25-kV cable to Versing Valley |planning of Versing cable car
  • 2014 – construction of 8-EUB-Versing cable car | snow-making system and pumping station | drainage system | 25 KV network | slope construction (avalanche diversion dam) | SkyBar 
  • 2015 Expansion of snow-making system (19 tower cannons)
  • 2016 Renovation of workshop, office area, automated snow-making (5 snow cannons)
    1 avalanche tower
  • 2017 Expansion of snow-making system (run 2b, fun-park, 10 snow cannons)
    Improved toboggan run (partial new lighting, widened and planked)
    New ice-cream bar at the Medrigalm panorama restaurant, Renovation of ski lockers
  • 2018 6-seat cable lift Medrigjoch - fully electric, new Expansion of snow-making system (valley descent), Improved toboggan run (widened and planked), Improvements to ski runs (valley descent, departure from Versing)
  • 2019 - slope improvement slope previously 2b - currently slope 12 toboggan run - further planking
  • 2020 - slope adaptation slope construction previously 12c - current slope no 32 including snowmaking, new slope guidance system including panorama, repairs to the Gratli terrace (new foundations, new wooden parapets)
  • 2021 - New 48 m long conveyor belt as a climbing aid to the practice area, slope adaptation - ridge descent

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