Kumme gondola lift starts its second winter season


The coronavirus crisis somewhat marred the opening of Switzerland's first autonomous gondola lift last winter. This year, the gondola lift on the Rothorn will start its second season – transporting guests from all over the world from Tufternkehr via the Wyss Gufer middle station to the 3,103-metre-high Rothorn.

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The 10-seater Kumme gondola lift went into operation on 19 December 2020. Passengers can enjoy a magnificent view of the Matterhorn through the large panoramic windows during the ride. The surrounding peaks are also reflected in the design of the cabins. Various four-thousand-metre peaks from the Zermatt mountain world and local Alpine animals are depicted on the gondolas.

But the special feature of the new gondola lift is its technology. The Kumme lift is the first autonomous gondola lift in Switzerland. With the new "AURO" – Autonomous Ropeway Operation – cable car system, the manufacturer Doppelmayr/Garaventa has developed a ropeway that can run without an operator. The lift is equipped with cameras and sensors that monitor the system – especially when entering and exiting the cabins. The system independently detects situations that deviate from "normal operation". If a passenger gets a ski boot caught in the cabin door, for example, the system reacts immediately and switches off automatically.

More information on the Kumme gondola lift is available here

Technical details

Cable car manufacturer Doppelmayr/Garaventa
Lift type Detachable D-Line gondola
Inclined length 3,192 m
Difference in altitude    965 m
Track width 6.4 m
No. of towers 17
Cable diameter 50 mm
Speed 6.0 m/s
Carrying capacity 1,500 persons per hour
No. of cabins   56
Cabin type OMEGA V-10
Project cost CHF 30 million