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Médran IV

Date

Starting next winter, the brand new Médran IV gondola will be ready for use. With an initial passenger flow of 3,200 people (final flow of 3,600) versus 1,800 today, you will be able to reach Les Ruinettes in no less than 6 minutes at a speed of 6 m/s. The Verbier gondola-station will be entirely renovated and user comfort will be largely improved.

Put in operation in 1984, the 6-person gondola between Verbier and Les Ruinettes needs to be renovated. In fact its technology and its flow of passengers no longer responds to the customers’ demands.

Therefore, during the summer season of 2021, a new 10-person D-Line gondola will be built. Téléverbier has chosen to partner up with Garaventa/Doppelmayr to build this new lift that will offer double the passenger flow of what it used to be.

The gondola-stations of Verbier and Les Ruinettes will undergo multiple renovations to enhance the passenger flow and the experience of our clients. The renovations should be done and the gondolas should begin operations in December 2021.

Situation

The new lift will cover the same route as the 1984 gondola which replaced the original one of 1950. Téléverbier will maintain the 1966 configuration of both gondola-lines running side-by-side from Verbier to Les Ruinettes. The lifts being parallel allows for a passenger flow of up to 4,400 people per hour at first, and later, up to 4,800 people per hour.

Technical specifications TCD10 Médran IV
Client Téléverbier SA
Height difference 666,02 m
Inclined length 1'548,21 m
Number of vehicles 66 (initial) - 74 (final)
Operating speed 6 m/s
Travel time 6 minutes
Throughput (initial) 3'200 - 3'600 persons/hour
Power 866 kW
Cable diameter 56 mm
Altitude of the driving station 2'202 m

 

Progress of the work

Construction of the new cable car is progressing well. As of 19 August, the station’s mechanics have been installed on new concrete pillars (valley station), and the new road in front of the building in Médran has been completed. The ground in front of the building is currently being excavated to allow the future cabins to circulate, and the foundations of the future escalators have been laid.

Regarding the mountain station (photo), the garage has been fully installed, as well as the mechanics.

On 20 and 23 August, the pylons for the new line will be installed. This stage promises to be an impressive spectacle, as it involves a Kamov helicopter – an imposing aircraft able to lift up to five tonnes!

Mounting of the pylons

23.08.2021

The pylons for the new line have now been installed. This impressive feat was carried out with the help of a Kamov helicopter – an imposing aircraft able to lift up to five tonnes.

One pylon is made up of several tubes, and each section has to be flown in by helicopter. Once everything is assembled, the helicopter delivers the pylon head.

The cable will be run in mid-September.

See below for photos of the latest developments.

Project summary

Situation update

20.10.2021

In recent weeks, a lot of work has been done on the Médran IV line.

The cables were pulled as of September 13. The cabins then arrived safely. After that, the tests using the emergency engine could be carried out, under the supervision of Garaventa employees. Currently, the cabins are covered to protect them from the construction site and possible bad weather.

The escalators have been installed at the lower station. This will increase the comfort of users and facilitate their access to the cabins!

Gare amont Ruinettes | © André Guinnard