Arosa Bergbahnen AG
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The Arosa Bergbahnen AG strongly focuses on the further development of the snow sports area. The replacement of the 2-seater chairlift Brüggerhorn by a new «Porsche Design» 6-seater chairlift by Bartholet Maschinenbau AG is among others one of the initiatives to emphasize the Tschuggen/Weisshorn area. The share capital increase is strongly tied to the investment and the realisation depends on the success of the share capital increase.
In September the General Assembly of the Arosa Bergbahnen AG allowed the board of directors by an amendment of the statues to increase the share capital in nominal terms by CHF 4.5 mio. within a maximum time period of two years. On 29 September 2017 the board of directors decided to increase the share capital by issuing a maximum of 45,000 new and fully paid nominal shares with a par value of CHF 100.00. The board of directors set the issue price per nominal share at CHF 120.00 (incl. emission fees).
Shortly after the launch of the planning approval procedure the groundwater protection zone S2 in the area of the middle station was unexpectedly and unforeseeable massively expanded due to a new spring water protection zone. This problem needs to be resolved before awarding any construction contracts or starting any constructions. The Arosa Bergbahnen AG in cooperation with the community and with the help of specialized companies will first of all revise the Thomas spring 1. This means that the reconstruction of the 6-seater chairlift Brüggerhorn will be postponed by 1 year. The board of directors is determined to stick to the current plan of building the new chairlift at the present location.
The subscription period of the approved share capital increase is expanded until the next General Assembly in September 2019. The aim is to raise capital of maximum of CHF 5.4 mio. The key figures of our company and the construction project are outlined in the emission brochure. Interested current or new shareholders can find more detailed information in the documents below.
The bike masterplan of Arosa Lenzerheide points out that there is room for development for Flow Trails in the region of Arosa Lenzerheide. The new Flow Trail at Hörnli in Arosa aims at filling this supply gap. Trail developers as well as other bike experts agree that the Hörnli Flow Trail is set to become a one-of-a-kind bike experience in the Alps. The distance of just 7 km as well as the topographic setting at the Hörnli allow for a unique Trail Flow that can accommodate nearly all levels of riders, even families.
The project of the snow sports experience park Tschuggen highlights the two concepts of Arosa: «the ski area within the village» and «snow sports youth development». The concepts aim at facilitating the access to snow sports and at developing the Tschuggen hill into a unique and creative snow sports experience park over the course of several years. The Tschuggen area is located around the middle station where the bears will find their new homes in summer 2018. In coordination with key service providers of Arosa, the Arosa Bergbahnen AG chose to incorporate the theme of the bears into the development of the snow sports experience park Tschuggen.
Stage 1; «Honeyland» at Prätschli (Opening Winter 2017/18)
Arosa Bergbahnen AG launched the «Honeyland Prätschli» in winter 2017/18 as part of the overreaching tourism project by Erlebnisplan GmbH. The Honeyland is a public and free skiing area for beginners and kids with the aim of facilitating the learning experience to newcomers to the sport. It should also address the needs of returnees and rekindle their joy of snow sports. In addition to a 45m-long conveyer belt and the Prätschli skilift, the area is transformed into a Honeyland with bee hives, honeycomb chairs, honey parcours, etc. The first batch of honey at the Prätschli was «produced» on the 23 December 2017.
2. Stage; Ski lift Tomeli and «Bärensnowpark» Ried (opening winter 2018/19)
The 2. stage includes the snow sports production of the mountain station Prätschli, designed as an apiary, with a passage to the valley station of the ski lift Tomeli, where a hibernating bear, displayed as a photo point silhouette, is dreaming at the station building. The ski lift follows the bear enclosure, along to the Tschuggen. From there, two signposts show the guests the way to the «Bärensnowpark» at the ski lift Ried. There, young snow sports enthusiasts between 6 and 12 years can enjoy the publicly accessible and Bärenfunpark free of charge: on the stream, the forest trail, the rocky slope and the windy river, the children will explore with simple obstacles different routes from the view of a bear.
In order to increase snowmaking efficiency, the Arosa Bergbahnen AG will start using the water reserves at the Isel groundwater lake from November 2018. The partner project between the municipality of Arosa and the Arosa Bergbahnen AG aims at capitalising on existing infrastructure and at avoiding bottle neck situations. The existing groundwater pump at Isel is currently transporting water to the Reservoir Promenade. Following the construction of the reservoir, the municipality can significantly improve the reserve of fire-fighting water in the area of Waldpromenade and Innerarosa and close an important safety gap. The Arosa Bergbahnen AG benefits by feeding the water from the Isel pump directly to the snowmaking system at Tomeli. The water is either used immediately for snowmaking at the Tschuggen or diverted to storage facilities at the middle station of the storage reservoir. Construction and modification to existing facilities will begin in June 2018. The project should be operational at the beginning of the winter season 2018/19.
The first vision of connecting the two winter sports regions of Arosa and Lenzerheide had first been developed in the 70’s. The large-scale project of constructing a pillar-less, system-independent cable car between Hörnli and Urdenfürggli was realised during one summer season in only 8 months. The inauguration took place on 14th January 2014.
The two stylish design gondolas can fit 150 people. Guests travel at a speed of 12 m/s and reach the neighbouring holiday region within 5 minutes.
The new winter sports paradise of Arosa Lenzerheide boasts 43 lifts and around 225 km of pistes. It is the largest connected ski area in the canton of Grisons and among the top ten ski resorts in Switzerland.