Sierra Nevada Ski Lift Improvements
We’re all pretty excited over the news that 3 Million Euros have just been spent on improvements up the road at Sierra Nevada, in readiness for the new skiing season. Main beneficiary of the big spend has been the Al Andalus gondola lift, which we are told will be more comfortable and faster for the 2015/16 season, having undergone a profound renewal of structural, mechanical and electronic elements over the summer to mark 25 years since its commissioning.
Al Andalus gondola is the one on the right as you stand at Pradollano and look up towards the top (the one on the right is Borreguiles) and connects the ski village of Pradollano to the main Borreguiles ski area. Last year the uplift capacity from the lower part of the village via these two gondolas was 3300 px/hr for Al Andalus and 2275 ppx/hr for Borreguiles (with Jara chair lift giving an additional 2880 px/hr straight up to the Sulayr snow park / Lomar Dilar area).
Two of the 26 ski lift pylons (numbers 21 & 22) have been renovated and re-located to ensure better performance, which involved draining the lake during the summer to facilitate the work of concreting of the base. Further work undertaken in the major refit over summer was renewal of over 400 blocks and 50 rockers, as well as major hardware upgrades to the motor rooms.
The lift has also benefited from upgrades to the motor and gearing system, described as a “new heart”, which, along with the renewal of all the electronic control systems and cooling systems, will allow the Al Andalus to be faster, reaching a maximum speed of 6 meters a second (compared to 5.2 from previous seasons).
A renovation of 65 gondola cabins has included new windows, isolation supports and interior comfort improvements as well as an improved suspension system to reduce vibrations as the cabins pass over the pylons.
Additional improvements have been made to improve access for users in both the upper and lower stations for more convenient access to the gondolas.
In addition, the station has further invested in improving facilities, with a reform of the Borreguiles top station building, with new public toilets and waterproofing of the terrace of the restaurant, a new transformer for the Monachil chairlift, changes to the urban chairlift cable, fiber optic installations in Stadium chairlift and a new ski lift landing stage for Jara lift.
Finally the works have also improved the lighting of the River and Maribel slopes for night skiing, a renovation and repair of the windbreaks around the park tracks, new processing machines as well as the incorporation of new snow bike Service tracks.
New Pistes & Ski Cross Track
Sierra Nevada will now have a permanent ski cross track and a new competition area for children. The new ski cross track will be approx. 750 meters long and be used for official competitions. It will be built with small jumps and banked snow between Sector Three of the Snow Park and the Lomar de Dílar piste.
The station has scheduled 55 races already this year, and will continue to give grants to clubs who dedicate equipment to official competitions, which will benefit about 280 children.
Cetursa Management Changes
Francisco Fernandez, Minister of Tourism and Sports of the Junta de Andalucía, is now president of the operating company, Cetursa Sierra Nevada.
Among the new directors of the company highlights is the former World Cup racer and CEO of Sports Promotion, Maria Jose Rienda, as well as new representatives of local authorities present in the shareholding of Cetursa Sierra Nevada.
Fernandez told the recent general meeting of shareholders and directors of the company details of the investment of 3 million euros, the strategic aims for Cetursa for the 2015/2016 season, the return of the Freestyle World Cup in 2016 and the increased momentum in promoting Sierra Nevada.
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