In a rare example of Austrian inefficiency, a catalogue of errors including the misplacing of documentation has once more grounded Kramsach’s Sonnwendjoch chairlift, the Tyrolean town lesser known for its glassware than neighbouring Rattenberg now facing a minimum five month period of remediation to ensure its cableway’s operation during the forthcoming winter season.
Without the correct paperwork to operate both sections of the chairlift, municipal frustration has mounted with the privately owned company tasked with operating the Sonnwendjochbahn, a concession granted on the premise that a fully functioning service will run between mid-June and September 15th. The option for Kramsach’s municipality to purchase the cableway is surely one it must fully pursue, an ability to superintend the operation of an otherwise dormant lift instead of watching on helplessly will enable the local council to be masters of its own destiny, the empowerment of being able to make unilateral decisions heavily outweighing any benefits attached to private enterprise determining the future course of its mountain railway.
For the time being hikers requiring a shortcut to start their treks at altitude can in lieu of the Sonnwendjochbahn utilise a local taxi service to access the nearby Kreuzeinjoch(situated at approximately 1700 metres), a costly and logistically complicated journey only viable for walking parties rather than individuals.
Positioned at the confluence of the Inn and Brandenberger Ache rivers Kramsach resides within the Alpbachtal Seenland(AS) tourism area, a region that abuts the Wildschoenau but allows some overlap with its neighbouring valley, a reciprocal arrangement for holders of the AS Card affording hikers the opportunity to use the mountain lifts in both Auffach and Niederau in addition to the Reitherkogelbahn and the Alpbach-based Wiedersbergerhornbahn. Despite offering tourists four excellent alternatives to the languishing Sonnwendjoch chairlift, this will offer few crumbs of comfort to the people of Kramsach.
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