“The haulage rope is stretched when operating and this natural process is noticeable especially in the first years. Most cable cars have approx. 3.4 – 4km –long ropes which are usually shortened by 4 metres. As the Funitel cable car hangs on two 9km-long ropes, the haulage rope must be shortened by 8 metres in the third year of operation. We assume the rope will not get stretched after being shortened and will hold for next 6-10 years,” said Ján Štetka, the director of cableways in the resort of Jasná.
Shortening of ropes is one of many technological components of cableways which require regular technological maintenance. A detailed manual on operation, maintenance and tests of cableways describes what needs to be done to keep the cable cars and chairlifts in an excellent technical condition, what needs to be oiled and when, what needs to be replaced, set, measured etc. As part of regular technical maintenance, the track, engine room and motors are serviced, oil in gear boxes is replaced and other prescribed procedures are done.
Regular autumn technical maintenance is performed under Mt. Chopok on working days from 19th October to 27th November. Cable cars and chairlifts on the northern and southern side operate at weekend every half an hour. For latest information, please follow www.jasna.sk. Technical cableway maintenance in the High Tatras begins in the resort of Tatranská Lomnica from 9th to 13th November and continues from 18th November to 4th December. The resort of Štrbské Pleso will have the technical maintenance completed from 2nd to 13th November and from 18th to 20th November, the funicular of Starý Smokovec –Hrebienok from 26th to 30th October, from 2nd to 6th November and from 9th to 11th November. Permanent winter operation of the Hrebienok funicular begins on 12th November. For latest information about the operation of cableways in the High Tatras, please click HERE.
Tatry mountain resorts, a.s. (TMR) is the leader in tourism in Central and Eastern Europe; it owns and operates attractive mountain resorts and hotels. In the Low Tatras TMR owns and operates the resort Jasná Nízke Tatry and hotels Wellness hotel Grand Jasná, Boutique Hotel Tri Studničky, Chalets Jasná De Luxe, Hotel Srdiečko, and Hotel Rotunda. TMR is also the owner of Aquapark Tatralandia, the largest Slovak aquapark with year-round operation, which besides water entertainment includes Tropical Paradise, a special tropical indoor hall with sea water, as well as Fun Park, and accommodation in bungalows and apartments of Holiday Village Tatralandia. In the High Tatras TMR owns and operates the resort Vysoké Tatry with mountain areas of Tatranská Lomnica, Starý Smokovec, and Štrbské Pleso, which TMR co-manages. In the High Tatras TMR also owns hotels Grandhotel Praha Tatranská Lomnica, Grandhotel Starý Smokovec, and Hotel FIS Štrbské Pleso. TMR also owns a 19% share in Melida, a.s., which leases and operates the resort Špindlerův Mlýn in the Czech Republic. In Poland TMR owns a 97% share in the mountain resort Szczyrkowski Ośrodek Narciarski S.A. (SON) and a 75% share in a company that owns and operates Silesian Amusement Park (Śląskie Wesołe Miasteczko). TMR also owns and leases hotels Slovakia, Kosodrevina, Liptov and Ski&Fun Záhradky a Bungalovy to third parties. By the end of 2014 nearly EUR 200 mil. had been invested into development and modernisation of TMR’s resorts. TMR shares are traded on three European stock exchanges – in Bratislava, Prague, and Warsaw.