In Armenia, there is a resort town which is about an hour outside of the capital of Yerevan. Thsagkhadzor is a center of tourism, skiing, so one can find here Tsaghkadzor Ropeway, significant chairlift with five stations and more than a dozen ski runs. If you love traveling then you should certainly visit Armenia to see one of the best ropeways in the world which are situated on a slope of Teghenis Mount.
The town Tsaghkadzor was founded in the 3rd century and is located at the feet of Biblical Ararat Mountain. The word Tsaghkadzor stands for “the valley of flowers.” The town is located about 50 kilometers of the capital of Yerevan and leads to Lake Sevan. The best way for going there is driving or hiring a car or taxi.
During the Soviet Union Tsaghkadzor was as a major spa town and home to the Olympic Sports Complex. The Complex was opened in 1967 to train Soviet athletes for the Olympic Games. After gaining independence in the 1990s Armenians remodeled it into a winter resort town.
Armenians fully changed the ski resort in the mid-2000s and after that a series of four chairlifts, the Tsaghkadzor Ropeway started to take skiers and snowboarders to the top of Mount Teghenis. The final remaking of Tsaghkadzor Ropeway was done in 2004 by Italian company “LEITNER”. This project was supported by the second president of RA, Robert Kocharyan.
Tsaghkadzor Ropeway has 2819m height and will take you in 32 minutes. From Tsaghkadzor ropeway all Armenia is visible at a glance especially when the weather is fine. Here anyone can enjoy delightful nature and the clean air of sunlit Tsaghkadzor. The first station has 4 seats, the others have 2-seat chairlifts.
Tsaghkadzor Ropeway and its ski area
Now the ropeway provides the best techniques and equipment. Thaghkadzor Ropeway and its ski area are the best in the Caucasus. Tsagkhadzor’s artificial snow machines and trail groomers guarantee enjoyable skiing in any weather. These place will satisfy both professional amateurs and skiers and guarantee active and safe recreation for tourists and fans of mountain skiing.
Besides the ropeway, Tsaghkadzor has a big casino known as Senator Royale Casino, which is one of the largest entertainment complexes in the country.
Another place to enjoy is the Kecharis Monastery, one of the most important religious sites in Eastern Armenia. Armenians constructed the Monastery in the early 11th century and reconstructed it in 2001. Visitors can also enjoy going to the museums, namely the House-Museum of the Brothers Orbeli, a museum dedicated to three prominent Armenian scientists (Ruben, Joseph, and Levon Orbeli). Besides that, there are also, rescue services, bars, the services of first aid, cafes training services for novice skiers etc.
Each year international FIS competition takes place in Tsaghkadzor’s ropeway. The 5 stations have a total length of lines 30000 m.
- Line 1137 m, 1969 – 2233 m
- The second line 1458 m, 2233 -2475 m
- Line 1624 m, 2485 -2819 m
- Line 926 m, 2210 – 2354 m
- The fifth line 1030 m, 1966 – 2232 m
4 types of ropeways in the world
Fixed grip installations
These installations are permanently clamped to the rope. People don’t remove it from the rope in the station. People in the world use this type more than the others. They can work in almost any weather condition and require low costs. People use it in smaller ski resorts for short and flat slopes. It has three types;
- Fixed Grip Chairlifts
- Pulsed Gondola ropeways
These installations are detachable. People detach it to the vehicles in the stations from the rope. They have been on the market since the 80s. They represent the most popular, comfortable and fastest transport system. There are different colors, the cabins are available in different designs and offer a pleasant view even in bad weather conditions. Monocable lifts are available for up to 10 passengers per cabin. It has four types;
- Detachable Chairlift
- Monocable Detachable Gondola Lifts
- Bicable (2S) & Tricable (3S) Gondola lifts
These ropeway systems are very attractive and provide high levels of availability and stability. indeed it is a good system especially when the weather is windy. They usually have one or two cabins. Besides from all these advantages the largest cabins can lodge up to 200 people.
Rope hauled systems on tracks
This type of ropeway run on tracks. People mostly use it for overcoming altitude differences and as public transportation means in cities. It is important to realize that they are the fastest ropeway systems; the line speed consists of up to 14 m/s. Funiculars have three types;
- Inclined elevators
If you prefer active holidays and interesting ropeways and ski resorts then do not miss your chance to spend a good time in Tsaghkadzor’s ropeway and see some of the continent’s most stunning and remote corners in Tsaghkadzor town, located north of the capital Yerevan in the Kotayk Province.