Cime Caron ropeway
On the “Cime Caron” ropeway in Val Thorens, the highest ski resort in Europe, POMA was commissioned to replace the 4 carrying ropes and modify their hydraulic tensioning system. The deadline for this major operation was particularly tight.
A pivotal element of the resort, the legendary “Cime Caron” ropeway re-opened for the 2019 season. It allows experienced skiers to reach the summit of the same name, at an elevation of 3195m, and get to its famous ski runs, or access Orelle in the slopes of the Maurienne Valley. It had been out of action for months when POMA was commissioned to replace the 4 carrying ropes and their supports.
Other major operations were carried out, such as optical fibre integration, changing the 8 guy wires of the top station structure, improving the movement system of the carrying ropes at the bottom station, and modifying the two 465-tonne counterweights.
Difference in altitude
1430 people/ hour/ direction
Number of cabins
Number of passengers per cabin
Number of stations
For the project
Since the ropeway line has only one tower (despite being 2km long with an altitude change of 866m), several specific pieces of equipment were introduced to ensure safety, reliability and optimised team operations. These include a 60-tonne drive system installed at the top station to pull the new cables (68mm in diameter, weighing 62 tonnes and over 2km long).
for the group
The group’s strength was instrumental in this project. POMA, COMAG and SACMI rose to the challenge.
Cime Caron ropeway in pictures
They talk about it
Cime Caron Ropeway
To respond effectively, we immediately thought about pooling equipment and teams within the group. This collaboration was a major contributor to the success of this highly complex cable replacement, working at high altitude and in autumn, in record time. This project proves that by pooling our efforts within the group, we can optimise the final result.
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