A new 1.5 kilometre cable car service has boosted Munich’s bid for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
The cable car is capable of carrying up to 2,000 passengers per hour to the pistes of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a key location for alpine events should Munich host the 2018 Winter Games.
The cable car will be used at the FIS World Ski Championships being held in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 2011.
The eight million Euro “Kandahar Express” was partly funded by the federal and state governments, showing their support for the sports tourism industry and for Munich’s 2018 bid.
Willy Bogner, Manager and CEO of Munich 2018 said, “The Kandahar Express is an important investment for the future. It further establishes Garmisch-Partenkirchen as a superb winter sports region offering benefits for the 2011 FIS World Ski Championships, Munich’s bid for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in 2018, and tourism in the region. It also complements our aim to make the Games as spectator-friendly as possible”.
A Munich 2018 press release says the Games concept is based on sustainability, and the short distances between innovative sports venues and its environmentally friendly Olympic Villages in Munich and Garmish-Partenkirchen. Ice sports would be held in Munich while the Alpine events would be in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The artificial ice rink at Konigssee will also be used.