How I immerse myself in the winter fairytale called Filzmoos on a first ride on the new 6-seater chairlift and my excitement about skiing again grows.
After only six months of construction, today is finally the day: I get to take a first ride on the new 6-seater chairlift called sixpack Mooslehen with a lift attendant from Filzmoos Lift Company! Somehow, I’m already quite excited in the morning, as snow has been falling in the small mountain village at the foot of the Bischofsmütze over the last few days, dropping over half a metre of fresh snow at the mountain stations of the ski area. So, I set off early enough to be able to take my time driving. Already on the main road to Filzmoos, a winter landscape covered in deep snow appeared and I could hardly wait to arrive at the new sixpack.
I am very excited because a lot has happened since the ground-breaking ceremony on 22nd June 2021, and I have been to the construction site a few times. Particularly fascinating was the flying of the supports by helicopter, the installation of the cable and the construction work on the valley and mountain stations of the new lift system.
My mind reminisces and the minutes by car fly by. Shortly before entering Filzmoos, I finally turn off and am already impressed by the sensational architecture of the building at the car park: a warm wooden look, a modern gable roof cube and a fully glazed cuboid harmoniously integrate the new sixpack into the landscape. The new cable car is definitely the most important private investment in decades and should give the village new positive impulses in summer and winter.
Up the mountain with Alois
And Alois is already waiting for me. The Filzmoos Lift Company employee grabs his radio and we walk into the entrance area. Immediately I am totally impressed by the modern construction and the design of the chairs, which correspond exactly to the new brand identity of filzmoos.ski and compete with the sky and the sun in the colours blue and yellow. Then another employee starts the lift, we sit down in the comfortable chairs and off we go. Alois explains: “The new 6-seater cable car brings 2,000 people per hour up the mountain, has a speed of 5.5 metres per second, an inclined length of 1,151 metres, a continuous power of 365 Kw and 43 vehicles (= chairs). The bottom station is at 1,057 metres and the new top station was built at 1,357 metres. The direction of travel is clockwise, the 6-seater chairs are equipped with child-proof bars and a weather protection bonnet. Thus, the new lift meets contemporary standards and transports ski guests “up the mountain” much faster and more comfortably.
The lift ride itself is very pleasant and quiet. I am delighted about all the fresh snow, admire the glittering snow crystals and discover the first snow cannons, which are currently not needed. “Filzmoos is a snow hole,” quips Alois, who is getting ready to leave. And now I’m completely wowed: The top station of the lift is just as much an architectural masterpiece and testifies to the fact that the sixpack is a true investment in the future for the small but fine ski area in the heart of the ski amadé. We enjoy the view of the sugared mountain world around us, chat a little about the smooth construction of the facility and the already perfectly prepared slopes. “Next time I hope you’ll have your skis with you,” Alois says as we head back down the valley. I nod in agreement and immerse myself again in the winter fairy tale surrounding me.
photo credits: BBF_Christian Fischbacher