Austria record for Sunkid and Kühtai

Longest covered Moving Carpet for highest ski resort in Austria

Place: Kühtai /Year: 2023 / Product: Moving Carpet

In Kühtai, located at an altitude of over 2,020 meters above sea level, guests have been able to get "up high" with the new "KühTeppich" from Sunkid since the 2022/2023 ski season. At 204 meters, the conveyor belt is the longest covered Moving Carpet in Austria. This functions as both a beginner's lift and a connecting lift and welcomes guests to the Kühtai (coming from Innsbruck) as a visual eye-catcher.

The superlative conveyor belt - see Fact Box for technical highlights - replaces the ski area's previous "baby lift". It offers ski beginners and especially children from the age of three a simple and above all safe ascent aid. The extended target group around ski instructors and accompanying persons additionally benefits from the significantly wider and longer blue practice slope - and strengthens the positioning of Kühtais as a family winter paradise.

At the same time, ambitious skiers also benefit from the ultra-modern "KühTeppich" including the new ski trail, enabling Kühtai to expand further snowsport activities in the future. As a transfer lift between the valley stations of the Gaiskogel and Hoch-Alter lifts, the Sunkid lift closes the "Kühtairunde" in both directions - without crossing the road or a long walk. This means that even freeriders can get from the Gaiskogel back to the village center or hotel on the fastest (1.2 m/s) and most comfortable way (protected from the wind in the Evolus gallery).

The entire gallery roofing, entry/exit and Control box included, also ensures low-maintenance operation. The entrances and exits can be easily closed with electric rolling gates at the push of a button. Emergency exits are located every 18 meters, which can be locked with high-quality sliding doors.

Due to its length, including the XXL gallery, the modern Sunkid installation already makes its mark on the overall appearance of the ski area during the day. The installation looks even more impressive at night - for example for guests of the night skiing on Wednesdays and Saturdays: The RGB LED lighting built into the gallery arches in combination with i-CONTROL® (electronics) enables a variety of lighting options, such as presettable and varying color changes or automatic switching on and off.

Key features of i-CONTROL®:

  • Multi-touch HMI with all relevant information for operation, maintenance and troubleshooting.
  • Four different password-protected user groups, each with defined release of functions
  • Digital maintenance plan of the plant
  • Remote access to the electrical control system via the Internet for customer and manufacturer (for extended customer support)
  • Regular reports by e-mail on the most important operating data (such as utilization, etc.) to various recipients (customer or manufacturer)

In order to meet the customer's specification - an actual conveying capacity of 1,800 persons per hour - a drive power of 37 kW was selected. A Counterweight Tensioning system with a tensioning travel of 2.8 m and a tensioning weight of two tons ensures optimum belt tension with minimum maintenance. The proven Blue Eye conveyor belt with a belt width of 750 mm provides passengers with perfect support.

Moving Carpet
Beginner terrain, connecting lift
204 m
750 mm
Blue Eye
37 kW
max. Speed:
1.2 m/s
Ø Gradient :
11 %
Capacity :
1800 pph

RGB LED gallery lighting, covered entrance and exit with rolling gates, Counterweight Tensioning L, camera monitoring, i-CONTROL®.

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