Awaited, the new gondola connect directly Saint-Lary to the slope by doubling the current cablecar. Indeed, after fifty years to assume the transport of the clientele between the valley and Saint-Lary 1700, the cablecar of “Pic Lumière” (“Peak Light”) is doubled by a gondola of last generation.
This second clean-transportation have two objectives: on one hand improve the service to the clientele by eliminating the waits which engendered the actual cablecar at the height of the season and to reduce the environmental impact of the resort by reducing the road stream between the bottom of valley and the tracks.
This gondola is build by Poma (capacity: 10 persons up or 8 seated) with a debit of 2800 persons per hour (against hardly 500 for the current lift). The resort will multiply its transport capacity by six!
The lift is parallel to the current cablecar with a station of departure behind the Thermal baths of Saint-Lary Soulan on the municipality of Vignec, and an arrival in the heart of Saint-Lary 1700, on tracks at the level of the old “Ruisseau” skilift.
This investment had become indispensable by the development of the resort and for environmental stakes. Saint-Lary is indeed very involved in a initiative of sustainable development these last years and have realized his carbon check-up which advances the impact of the road transport on the environment of a resort.
It is about an investment there structuring for the resort and the valley, fruit of a procedure of about four years to arrive at the phase of construction today. The amount of the project is of the order of 14 million euro with the developments around stations (accesses, car parks).
The gondola measure 2800m of length for a little more of 800m of elevation. It have 16 pile and about 80 cabins. The time of climb is 8mn.