The highest mountain cableway in Europe
On the territory of the special economic zone of tourist-recreational type in Kabardino-Balkaria, on the slope of Mount Elbrus, installation of the lower station of the third stage gondola lift was successfully completed. The grand opening of the third stage of cableway took place on December 27, 2015. It connects the sector from the station “Mir” to “Gara-Bashi”. Today, it is the highest mountain cableway in Europe, higher than the Aiguille du Midi, which is located in the western part of the Mont Blanc Massif, related to French resort of Chamonix. It was holding the palm tree of superiority for two decades.
French lift gives access only to the most complex area of freeride. As for the new cableway, it provides a comfortable route, accessible to all categories of skiers. It was expanded and became safer. Its height surpasses any ski lift in Russia and Europe. The lower lift station is located at an altitude of 3455 meters, the upper station – at an altitude of 3847 meters. It is five meters higher than the French lift that under construction in the mountains, taking into account the altitude difference, is a significant numeral.
The cableway along the slope stretches to 1675 meters. 12 supports were installed to ensure its safe operation. The lift is equipped with eight-seater gondolas. The carrying capacity of the construction is 1500 people per hour.
The management company JSC “Resorts of the North Caucasus” has invested about one billion rubles to the construction, improvement and expansion of the ski area during 2015. The company does not stop there. It is scheduled to invest over 6 billion rubles for the development of the resort up to 2020. Creation of a complex infrastructure is planned at the site of the resort “Elbrus”. It will be intended for the comfortable stay of 12 thousand skiers simultaneously and 18 thousand placements. The total length of all routes of Elbrus will exceed 80 km. In this case, the maximum throughput of the cable cars will be 56 thousand people per hour.