The Katschberg ski resort in the Salzburg region is investing €10 million this year to ensure all of its lifts are fast and modern.

The new developments will begin in May with the replacement of the last two remaining drag lifts, dating back to the 1980s, with a high-speed eight-person chair lift. The new lift system will be in place for December so will be up and running for winter 2011-12.

The improvements to the lifts are on top of the recent investment in new snow cannons, which has allowed the resort to stay open longer. There is also a new eight-person gondola lift running between 1750 metres and 2220 metres which can carry 2400 passengers per hour. The total cost of this investment is €18.8 million.

Karschberg-Aineck-Rennweg offers good skiing, particularly for intermediate skiers. The 70 kilometres of slopes are suitable for all levels (six blue runs, 17 red, five black) and are accessed by 16 lifts. Skiers can reach a maximum height of 2220 metres and enjoy a maximum vertical of 579 metres. The resort belongs to the Lungau ski area which connects the resorts of Fanningberg, Grosseck, Speiereck, and Katschberg-Aineck-Rennweg.

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