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SkiWelt Chronicle

1940 - 1950

1946 Establishment of the Westendorf Ski Lifts, the oldest company in the SkiWelt. They experienced serious difficulties in the postwar years concerning the construction costs and the amount of materials determined by the authorities
1947 Establishment of the Hopfgarten Ski Lifts. The longest chairlift in Europe (2,830m) was built in 1954, however the top station and two supports were destroyed by an avalanche.
1948 Construction of the “Alpenrosenlift” - then Austria’s biggest ski lift (2,205m long)
In the winter of 1948/49, a total of 22,289 winter sports enthusiasts were transported

1950-1960

1952 Establishment of a ski school in Westendorf
1954 Installation of the “Stricklift” drag lift in Westendorf
1959 Establishment of the Söll Ski Lifts and construction of the “Angeralm” drag lift

1960-1970

1960 The “Stricklift” drag lift was converted into a double T-bar
1961 Construction of the “Zieplhöfe” drag lift in Westendorf
1962 Establishment of the Scheffau ski lift company (Schilift Scheffau am Wilden Kaiser GesmbH) by 66 citizens of Scheffau.
1964 Construction of the “Kandleralm” drag lift in Brixen
1965 Construction of the Söll-Hochsöll single chairlift and the Hochsöll drag lift
1966 Hopfgarten buys its first "Ratrak" snow groomer
Construction of the “Salvenmoos” drag lift in Hopfgarten
1967 Construction of the “Knolln” drag lift
1968 Transportation of the 2,000,000th passenger on the Hohe Salve lift
Construction of the “Stöckl” drag lift in Söll
1969 Construction of the “Taklaser” drag lift and the “Alpenrose II” single chair lift in Westendorf
  • Chairlift at SkiWelt Hopfgarten
    Chairlift at SkiWelt Hopfgarten

1970-1980

1970 Establishment of the development company “Erschließungsgesellschaft Ellmau GmbH”, Construction of the “Sonnberg” lifts in Brixen
Construction of the single chair lift on the Hohe Salve in Söll
1971 Construction of the “Hartkaiserbahn” funicular in Ellmau
Establishment of the Scheffau Lift Company (Bergbahn Scheffau am Wilder Kaiser GesmbH)
Westendorf Lift Company holds a third of the company.
1971/72 First billing for travel between Hopfgarten and Söll. No adjustment payments made
Construction of the “Rinner” drag lift in Söll
1972 Opening of the “Hartkaiserbahn” funicular in Ellmau
Construction of the “Alpenrose 1B” chairlift in Westendorf
Construction of the double chairlift “Scheffau – Brandstadl” section I and section II, Construction of the temporary mountain restaurant, construction of the “Ostlift”, construction of the “Eiberglift”
1972/73 Weekly ticket valid between Scheffau and Ellmau
1973 Construction of the “Laubkogel” drag lift in Westendorf
Construction of the “Aualmlift” in Scheffau
1973/74 Tickets valid between Scheffau and Brixen – individual tickets paid in cash, with account settlement
1974 Introduction of a 7-day greater-area ski pass valid at Brixen im Thale, Ellmau, Going, Hopfgarten, Itter, Scheffau and Söll, no offsetting
1975 Construction of the “Fleiding” chairlift in Westendorf
Construction of the Söll-Hochsoll double chairlift
Construction of the “Südlift”, Construction of the “Weissachlift”, Construction of the building at the chairlift bottom station in Scheffau
1977 Amalgamation to create the greater ski area “Wilder Kaiser - Brixental”, and first sales of all tickets, from single to season tickets, for the greater ski area, without offsetting
Construction of the new “Brandstadl” mountain restaurant in Scheffau
1978 Seal of approval for slope quality is awarded
Construction of the “Grundried” drag lift

1980-1990

1980 Construction of the “Ostlift II”, Construction of the “Eiberglift II” in Scheffau
1982 Construction of the “Windauberg” and “Gampenkogel” drag lifts in Westendorf
Construction of the “Muldenlift” in Scheffau
1984 Construction of the “Brandstadlbahn” gondola in Scheffau
1985 Conclusion of a pooling agreement with ride offsetting between the villages of Brixen im Thale, Hopfgarten, Itter, Söll, Scheffau, Ellmau, Going and Westendorf (had just joined the greater ski area). 10% share agreed on.
Installation of readers and ticket counters for SkiWelt billing in Scheffau
Construction of the “Pendelbahn” lift and “Silleralm” three-seater chairlift in Söll
With the construction of the Silleralm hut, the installation of the “Filzboden” drag lift provided a direct connection from Söll to Scheffau via Brixen
1986 Construction of the Hochbrixen gondola in Brixen
Operation of the “Itter – Kraftalm” double chair lift and the “Kasbichl” double chair lift in Itter

Due to a lack of snow in the winters of the 1980s, SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser - Brixental acquired its first snowmaking equipment

1987 Installation of the first snowmaking system in Brixen
Construction of the first “bubble” - the four-seater chairlift on the Zinsberg in Brixen
Construction of the “Alpenrosenbahn”, a 6-seater monocable gondola in two sections in Westendorf
Construction of the “Hochalmlift” in Scheffau
1988 Construction of the “Söll-Hochsöll” gondola, the “Stöckl” 4-seater chairlift and the “Salvenmoos” double chair in Söll
Construction of the “Aualmbahn” lift, Construction of the “Osthangbahn” lift, Construction of the new “Ostlift” in Scheffau
1989 Installation of the snowmaking system on the valley run in Ellmau
Construction of the “Taklaser” 4-seater chairlift (replacing the drag lift) in Westendorf
Installation of the snowmaking system in Hochsöll and purchase of the first diesel snow cannon
Inauguration of the “Salvista gondola” in Itter and 40th anniversary celebration of the Hohe Salve Lift Company.

1990-2000

1990 Name of the greater ski area changed from Wilder Kaiser-Brixental to SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental
First snowmaking system at Stöckl – Salvenmoos – Rinner, supplied by the Stampfangerbach stream and purchase of 6 Crystal snow cannons in Hopfgarten
1991 Construction of the “Eibergbahn I + II” lift in Scheffau
1991/95 Installation of the snowmaking system in Westendorf
1992 Construction of the reservoir and installation of the snowmaking system in Scheffau
1993 Construction of the mid boarding point for the “Fleiding” three-seater lift in Westendorf
1994/95 The Scheffau Lift Company acquires an interest in the Brixen-im-Thale Lift Company
1995 Construction of the “Keat” detachable 4-seater chairlift and “Rinner” 4-seater chairlift in Söll
“Keat - Grundried” snowmaking system and purchase of 15 fully automatic snow cannons in Söll
Construction of the “Jochbahn” lift in Brixen
1996 Valley run snowmaking up to the mountain in Scheffau
1997 Introduction of a Kitzbühel Alps 6-day pass with offsetting for approx. 260 lifts
Merger of “Goinger und Ellmauer GmbH” into “Sportcenter Ellmau-Going GmbH”
Installation of the snowmaking system for Silleralm – Antlasseealm – Angeralm valley run in Söll
Construction of the Lechen and Inner-Keat reservoirs in Söll
Construction of the “Muldenbahn” lift in Scheffau
Construction of the “Kälbersalvbahn” lift in Brixen
1998 Construction of the “Kreuzjöchl” reservoir in Westendorf and expansion of the snowmaking system
Construction of the “Südhangbahn” lift, snowmaking on remaining valley run. Construction of the Kaiserland building in Scheffau
1999 First reservoir on the Hartkaiser with pumping station for the snowmaking systems in Ellmau
Founding of the tourist board “Wilder Kaiser-Brixental Tourismus GmbH” by the tourist associations and ski lift companies of the SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental. The tourist board (Tourismus GmbH) looks after the marketing agendas of its shareholders.

2000 - 2010

2000 Construction of the Hohe Salve gondola in Söll
Installation of the “Grundried – Hohe Salve – Rigi” snowmaking system in Söll
Construction of the “Köglbahn” 6-seater chairlift in Ellmau
Construction of the “Foisching” 8-seater chairlift in Hopfgarten
Renovation of the Free Flow mountain restaurant and raising of the reservoir in Scheffau
2001 Replacement of the “Windauberg” and “Gampenkogel” drag lifts with modern 4-seater chairlifts in Westendorf
2002 Construction of the “Brandstadl” 8-seater monocable gondola, bottom lift station and parking deck (buffet conversion, Sternbar) in Scheffau
Construction of the Filzalmsee reservoir in Brixen
2003 Replacement of the “Schneeberg I + II” drag lifts with a 4-seater chairlift with child safety bars in Westendorf
Construction of the “Kaiserexpress” 4-seater chairlift in Ellmau
Construction of the “Filzbodenbahn” lift in Brixen
2004 Construction of the “Hexen6er” detachable 6-seater chairlift in Ellmau
Construction of the “KaiserWelt” play area (playground at the Brandstadl mountain restaurant and in the forest) in Scheffau
2005 Construction of the “KiWest” 8-seater monocable gondola and a ski run with snowmaking to Aschau, connection to the Kitzbühel ski area
Construction of the “Kummereralmbahn” 6-person detachable chairlift and snowmaking on the slope in Scheffau
2006 Construction of the “Tanzboden” 6-seater chairlift in Ellmau and opening of the Mountain Theme Park “Ellmi´s Zauberwelt”.
Opening of the Kaiser shop on the Brandstadl, village snowmaking system (cross country track) in Scheffau
2007 Construction of the Salvensee reservoir in Hopfgarten
Installation go the snowmaking system for the “Hexenritt” toboggan run in Söll
2008 Construction of the “Choralmbahn” 8-seater monocable gondola in Westendorf
Construction of the “SkiWeltbahn” 8-seater monocable gondola in Westendorf
Construction of the “Salvenbahn II” 8-seater monocable gondola in Hopfgarten
Construction of the “Siller – Keat” 6-seater chairlift in Söll
Modification of the “Hartkaiserbahn” lift in Ellmau (controls)
Summer expansion of the Jochstube reservoir from 70,000 m³ to 180,000 m³ in Scheffau
Construction of the “Skiweltbahn” lift with snowmaking above the Kandleralm in Brixen
2009 Construction of the 6-seater chairlift, “Ellmi's 6er”, and the Tanzboden reservoir with pumping station in Ellmau
  • Construction of the Choralmbahn at SkiWelt Westendorf
    Construction of the Choralmbahn at SkiWelt Westendorf
  • Construction of the Salvenbahn II at SkiWelt Hopfgarten
    Construction of the Salvenbahn II at SkiWelt Hopfgarten

2010-2011

2010 Construction of the “Osthangbahn” – detachable 8-seater chairlift with child safety bars, heated seats and lifting platform in Scheffau.
2011 New Moon toboggan run in Söll – open nights only – length 3.5 km
Expansion of the Astberg reservoir in Going and new platter lift on the nursery slope
Expansion of the Hopfgarten valley run (no. 20)
SkiMovie route on the Südhang slope in Scheffau
Free WiFi on SkiWelt mountains
  • Construction of the “Osthangbahn” at SkiWelt Brixen
    Construction of the “Osthangbahn” at SkiWelt Brixen