Steinbergbahn - New!
A new route to happiness
Ground-breaking ceremony on 10th March 2014
The official Leogang Lift Company ground-breaking ceremony on Monday, 10th March 2014 marked the start of the implementation of the Steinbergbahn lift project. Construction of the new Leogang lift is now underway, after a planning phase that lasted 7 years. “I am very pleased that we can now finally put the Steinbergbahn project in motion. We have all poured our hearts and souls into this project and I'm convinced that it will greatly increase the value of our tourist region." said Kornel Grundner, director of the Leogang lift company.
The new cable car has a length of 3.8 km and a transport capacity of 2500 per hour. The investment cost of the new lift with its bottom, middle, and top stations is approximately €17 million. The starting point of the new 10-person cable car will be at the “Krallerhof" hotel, and the end station will be next to the existing station of the Asitz cable car, at about 1760 m above sea level. The Steinbergbahn lift means that from the winter season of 2014/2015, Leogang will have a second access lift into the ski area of Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang.
Photo left to right: Hubert und Günther Riedlsperger (land owner), Josef Griessner (major of Leogang), Rudolf Eberl (CEO Leoganger Bergbahnen), Gerhard Altenberger (land owner), Kornel Grundner (CEO Leoganger Bergbahnen), Sebastian Madreiter (CEO Leoganger Bergbahnen), Josef Altenberger (land owner) und Leonhard Mühlauer (Leoganger Bergbahnen)
Construction of the 10-person Steinbergbahn cable car in Leogang
After a planning stage of 7 years, the official groundbreaking ceremony for the important second gondola lift from the Leogang valley will finally take place on Monday 10th March.
Many discussions with authorities, residents, and landowners have taken place in advance of this special day; one of the largest challenges was the release of approximately 1100 ha of woodland, with 70 people holding grazing rights.
“Now that the construction and nature conservation decisions have been met, and the agreement of the land owners has been obtained, we can start with the clearing works straightaway." the direction of the Leogang Lift Company was pleased to say.
The forestry director Thomas Zanker, from the Bavarian Saalforsten whose land the new lift mainly goes, is also very satisfied. The Free State of Bavaria, as the owners, requested as a condition for the agreement of releasing the area for the new lift that grazing on the Saalforst land should be cleared of grazing animals so as to enable the predominantly pine forests to be redeveloped into mixed woodland. The majority of the grazing rights holders have now agreed in a private contract with the lift company and Saalforsten that their animals will graze in future on the land rented by the lift company, and no longer in the woodland areas.
Thomas Zanker believes that there are four groups that will gain from construction of the new lift: “the lift company, as they can build their second access lift; the grazing rights holders, who can let their animals graze on the rented open areas of grazing land, with the possibility of subsidies, the Saalforsten foresters, as they can start to develop towards mixed woodland, and Leogang itself as a tourist destination in the increased value it will gain."
The new 10-person cable car is 3.8 km in length and is able to transport 2500 people per hour. The construction cost of the lift including its bottom, middle, and top stations is planned to be in the region of €17 million.
The company would like to take this opportunity to thank EVERYONE who has contributed to the positive outcome that has been reached. The Leogang Lift Company is convinced that the new Steinbergbahn lift will further enhance the high quality of the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang and will also give an additional drive to the very positive development of the tourist region of Saalfelden Leogang.