Hot on the heels of its big screen success as a filming location for the latest James Bond film, Spectre, the Austrian resort of Sölden will be opening a powerful new gondola. With a capacity of 4,500 people per hour, the Giggijoch Mountain Gondola will have the biggest lift capacity of any lift in the world, taking skiers and snowboarders from a new base station at 1,362m to Sölden's top terminal at Giggijoch, at 2,283m in just nine minutes.
At the top station there will be a sports shop and ski storage area, so that you can even hop on the gondola in comfortable shoes and pick up skis, snowboards and heat dried boots from the lockers at the top.
The building's main body is an eye-catching construction designed by Obermoser, the same architectural office that planned and built both the Gaislachkogl Mountain Gondola and the ice Q Gourmet Restaurant at Gaislachkogl peak that featured in the James Bond blockbuster Spectre. The slim, tower-shaped building with a mirrored surround reflects the Ötztal Alps panorama and will become a new landmark in the resort.
See a live cam of the build progress here soelden.com