The World is looking with anticipation to Sochi, Russia, the city hosting the 22nd Olympic Winter Games. Teufelberger will be involved in the olympics in two ways – with steel wire ropes for rope ways and slope groomers.
A total of ten ski lifts in the Olympic ski area, from drag lifts to state-of-the-art VIP gondola lifts, were equipped with TEUFELBERGER ropes. And, Prinoth slope groomers fitted with TEUFELBERGER winch ropes will ensure perfectly groomed slopes for the Olympic alpine skiing and snowboard events.
Twofold involvement at Sochi Olympics
TEUFELBERGER already delivered six ropes to Sochi way back in 2005, and when, shortly afterwards, this ski resort was chosen to host the 2014 Winter Olympics, ropeways manufacturer Doppelmayr again invited its long-standing partner to come on board for the further expansion of this ski area. From 2009 to 2013, TEUFELBERGER delivered and installed an additional eleven haul ropes of a total length of 23,000 m. As a result, Sochi now has three gondola lifts, five chairlifts, and two drag lifts featuring ropes made by TEUFELBERGER.
Apart from ropeway ropes, TEUFELBERGER also produces special ropes for slope winches and has been OEM supplier for Prinoth slope groomers since their inception. Those will be used to groom the slopes for the alpine skiing and snowboard events in the Rosa Khutor ski resort. Hence, not only will TEUFELBERGER ropes bring large numbers of spectators and athletes safely up mountains and to various event venues, but they will also ensure perfectly groomed slopes for the downhill and super G races, the giant slalom events, and other competitions.
SOLITEC® and STRESSLESS DATA rope technologies
The high quality of TEUFELBERGER ropes is the result of many years of experience, continuous research and development efforts, state-of-the-art manufacturing methods, and innovative technologies. Haul ropes including TEUFELBERGER’s proprietary SOLITEC® technology, like those also used in Sochi, stand for longevity, highest flexibility, controlled constructional elongation, and excellent traveling comfort. What sets them apart is that their structure incorporates trapezoidal plastic support profiles between the steel strands. These elements permanently prevent wire fractures, and, due to their displaceability on the synthetic coat surrounding of the fiber core, they also provide enhanced flexibility. This has an extremely positive impact in terms of rope life, especially when considering the many bending cycles a haul rope loop is subjected to.
STRESSLESS technology is used to make haul ropes from several layers of z-shaped profile wires which in the course of the closing process assume the shape of an exact helix. Its benefits are obvious: high breaking forces and a very smooth rope surface where, even after having been damaged, the outer wires will not jump out from the rope. The STRESSLESS DATA upgrade also includes integrated optical fibers that, thanks to their protected position inside the rope core, ensure the secure transmission of data from valley to summit terminals and thus make an important contribution to facilitating the full data communication coverage of skiing areas.
On-site installation and service
At TEUFELBERGER, service is a key priority. The world’s largest team of fitters and service technicians for ropeway ropes makes sure that the ropes are prepared and installed in the best possible manner for their use and that they are also serviced at regular intervals. This enhances the ropes’ life spans, prolongs their maintenance intervals, and thus also helps reduce the associated operating expense. A technician from TEUFELBERGER will be deployed to Sochi for the entire duration of the Olympic Games and the Paralympics in order to ensure the trouble-free transport of athletes and visitors.
Development potential in Russia
TEUFELBERGER has produced ropeway ropes for the Russian market for decades. In the last ten years alone, it delivered more than 50,000 meters to Russia. Managing Director Dr. Roland Konrad is convinced “that the Olympic Games will play a key role in the development of ski sports in Russia and that the investments made in this sector will definitely increase in coming years. While the Alps have already been fully developed in terms of new ropeway projects, we still see enormous potential for Russia in this respect”.