The new areitXpress – Upgrade to the top!


  • The new D-Line: level-walk in, maximal ride comfort with comfortable legroom and noisless ascent
  • Free wifi during ascent
  • Convenient access to cable car entrance via five passenger lifts
  • No waiting times
  • Be on the mountain in only 7 minutes

At the mountain station, four options for more skiing fun are waiting. With the Areitbahn II you can go directly to the summit, with the Glocknerbahn 8-seater chair lift you go quickly into the practice area, the perfect warm-up program is offered by the demanding Schüttabfahrt descent and a gourmet breakfast is waiting in the AreitAlm for that perfect start to your skiing day. 

A success story since 1971
The construction of the first Areitbahn began in 1971. At this time, a double chairlift brought guests from Schüttdorf onto the Schmitten. The Areitbahn cable car's success story began in 1988 with the construction of the 6-seater cable cars from Schüttdorf to the Areitalm. With an average of 800,000 mountain and valley rides per winter season, the Areitbahn cable car became the most important feeder lifts for the Schmitten. And it has remained so until today.

After 30 years of successful service and 25 million guests transported, the facility will be replaced next year by a 10-seater cable car and from winter 2017/18 the modern "areitXpress" will take skiers up onto the mountain.

An overview of all changes
The "areitXpress" increases the capacity of the cable car by 50% and takes skiers quickly, comfortably and without delay onto the mountain. The new facility, called the "areitXpress", will begin at the start of the winter season 2017/18.

The cable runs remain unchanged; however the future areitXpress mountain station will be about 30-35 metres further down into the valley. This opens up more possibilities for skiers to move around the ski resort at the exit of the new mountain station. Above the mountain station, there is the sports shop and ski school with the entry to the Areitbahn II + III being planned via an escalator. For those who want to immediately clip on their skis, you can choose between continuing with the Glocknerbahn or a descent via the Schüttabfahrt. Exiting to the left leads you directly to the AreitAlm mountain restaurant.

The areitXpress opening - the Schmitten is celebrating, come celebrate with us!
The varied opening weekend program provides the perfect opportunity to try out the new areitXpress. After the official opening ceremony on 7th December, you can ride with the areitXpress to the concert by Thorsteinn Einarsson on the 8th December. The 90 year anniversary will be celebrated on 9th December with live music and hut fun waiting for the skiers. And the best part is that this weekend a 3-day ski pass is available for the special price of only 90 Euros! Check out the package!

New opening: the AreitLounge
The AreitLounge - cultivated enjoyment in an alpine-stylish atmosphere. The heart of the new ski hut is the fire lounge where you can relax by the open fire. There is also the cosy lounge and bar, as well as the chill out terrace with its unique view of the Hohe Tauern. So, no matter which little place you choose to make yourself comfortable in, our hosts ensure you get a very special refreshment. Selected dishes for delicate palates are also served.


Facts about the areitXpress

Facility: 10-MGD
Conveying capacity: 3,600 P/hr
Travel time: 7.12 minutes
Travel speed: 6.0 m/s
Number of cabins: 85
Cabine capacity: 10 person
Cabine facilities: heated seats, intercom system
Interval: 10.00 s
Length: 1,8012.06 m
Valley station altitude: 766 m
Mountain station altitude: 1,400 m
Difference in altitude: 634 m
Number of columns : 18
Drive: mountai

Visualisierung areitXpress Talstation | @ Schmittenhöhebahn Visualisierung AreitLounge | @ Schmittenhöhebahn