The cableway will be environmentally sound when reopened ©Nidec

The Faloria cableway in Cortina d'Ampezzo is set be given a green renovation ahead of the town's hosting of the Milan-Cortina 2026 Winter Olympics.

Taking tourists and athletes up Mount Faloria, the cableway will get an upgrade by Nidec ASI to lessen its environmental impact.

It will install an electric transmission system as part of its redevelopment.

Mount Faloria will also host the 2021 International Ski Federation (FIS) Alpine World Ski Championships, which could be on the verge of moving to 2022 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Nidec ASI, part of the Nidec Group, aims to commit to economic recovery and look towards sustainability in this project.

The cableway covers a difference in altitude of over 900 metres and has three stations since it was built in 1939. 

These are the lower station in Cortina near the bus station at 1,230 metres above sea level, the midway station in Mandres at 1,500m and the station at the summit of Faloria at 2,120m.

Nidec ASI will design, construct and supply architecture for automation and safety features for the three stations and four cable cars.

The cable cars will also be equipped with Wi-Fi while moving into technology similar to railways to enable communication between the stations.

There will also be on-board video surveillance to guarantee passenger safety.

Cortina d'Ampezzo will host the skiing events at the 2026 Winter Olympics ©Getty Images
Cortina d'Ampezzo will host the skiing events at the 2026 Winter Olympics ©Getty Images

Dominique Llonch, chief executive of Nidec ASI and chairman of Nidec Industrial Solutions said: "With the strength behind us of over 40 years of experience in the design and development of industrial automation and control systems for cableway installations, our team of engineers has custom-tailored a safe and reliable system built to last, that will enhance the value of a landmark installation such as the Faloria cableway, which has been carrying thousands of tourists and skiers to the mountain top since 1939, and which will continue to do so.

"From now on, with even more respect for the environment, thanks to the green technologies we have developed and installed.

"We are particularly proud of this project designed and constructed in Italy, which will contribute to providing a state-of-the-art cableway to the local population and to tourists who, after this period of lockdown, are keen to visit the spectacular landscapes of this area.

"This project is part of our group's commitment to developing innovative solutions that contribute to the sustainable transformation of energy, logistics and industry."

Nidec ASI previously worked on the Moscow cable car, inaugurated during the 2018 World Cup, that connects the Luzhniki Stadium to the viewing point at Moscow State University.