Off on a Wild Ride!

In Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis (Austria), the Schneisenfeger toboggan run is really popular with vacationers and locals the whole year round.

Tobogganing fun in the mountains

Tobogganing fun through the mountains for the whole family on the Schneisenfeger. (© Seilbahn Komperdell GmbH)

Countless children scurry around the old sawmill in the Austrian resort area of Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis. Along with their parents, they have come to Tyrol to whiz down the mountain on the Schneisenfeger. They climb into the toboggan one after the other, and let themselves be pulled 700 metres (2,300 feet) to the top of the mountain. A 70 kilowatt electric motor drives the traction cable. It obtains its electricity via the TOPFLEX-EMV-UV-2YSLCYK-J motor cables that HELUKABEL delivers to Austria, which reliably provide power to the drive year-round. Stefan Mangott, CEO of the Seilbahn Komperdell GmbH in the Tyrol region of Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis, knows the requirements, “Here in the mountains, the cables must be extremely durable, UV-resistant and flexible, and must also be able to withstand strong vibrations and temperature differences from minus 20 to plus 30 degrees without any problems.
The same applies to the JZ-600 control cable and NYY power cable from HELUKABEL, which support the toboggan run’s operation. It takes four and a half minutes for the toboggans to get to the top. And then they’re on their way downhill again. During the 1,500 metre (4,900 feet) run down to the valley, they accelerate up to 42 kph (25 mph). “We have integrated so-called ‘jumps’ into the run, and you can feel how they push your stomach upwards,” says Mangott with a grin. “The run has now been in operation since June, and the opening was a great success. Our guests are really happy, and so are we – that’s how it should be.”

(© Seilbahn Komperdell GmbH)