A new era
With the ten-year inspection and maintenance works due in 2020, the amateur sports club was faced with extraordinary expenses so high that the ski lift could hardly have shouldered them. After careful consideration and in-depth consultations with the engineer Gasser as well as with the competent authorities and government offices, the ASV Pichl/Gsies Ski decided to renew the ski lift entirely.
The ambitious project is supported by public funds and a contribution by the municipality of Valle di Casies-Gsies. In order to benefit from such generous subsidies, it was agreed that the construction works would have to be concluded in 2020, as the authorities could not guarantee that the funds would still be available in the years to come. And in a bid to further aid the effort, the land owners have not only generously made their property available to use freely but have also provided their continued cooperation in the construction of the new lift system. Their support throughout the years is much appreciated and never taken for granted: Without it, the ski lift would not exist.
Ultimately, the decision to go ahead with the project was also bolstered by a broad public interest, the social importance of the lift for the local population and the geographically favourable location: From early on in the season, the ski runs are ideal for snow-making, which directly translates to perfectly groomed slopes. Traditionally, the Colle-Pichl ski lift is popular with children, training groups and families from the immediate vicinity. Following the 2014 merger with the Dolomiti Superski lift network and the founding of the ski school in 2018, though, the quaint lift experienced a considerable boost – with more than 4,000 lift rides on peak days.