Vail installs new haul rope on the Eagle Bahn Gondola
Vail installs new haul rope on the Eagle Bahn Gondola

Any fans of The Eagle Bahn Gondola at Vail will appreciate this new bit of technology they are currently working on installing. After 16 years of service, they are replacing the existing haul rope with a new FATZER PERFORMA-DT haul rope that incorporates plastic profiles in between each strand that creates a smoother exterior surface (virtually cylindrical) and reduces vibrations/noise. Really cool piece of technology. Learn more below after watching the video:

“Even in the off-season, our teams are hard at work doing routine maintenance. After 16 years of service, our lift maintenance team replaced the Eagle Bahn Gondola (#19) haul rope. This splice features new rope technology for a smoother ride and longer service life.”


In PERFORMA-DT high-performance ropes, plastic profiles are stranded between the strands to significantly reduce strand-induced vibrations during traction or conveying operations. Thanks to the virtually cylindrical surface structure, the rope runs over sheaves and pulleys with virtually no vibration and low noise. Equally convincing is the greatly reduced settling behavior.


The use of PERFORMA-DT conveyor ropes is particularly useful on installations with high conveying capacities. In addition, it can also be used wherever vibrations and noise impair the ride comfort and well-being of passengers, residents and passers-by, for example on gondola lifts in urban regions.

How you benefit from PERFORMA-DT

  • Low strand-induced vibration
  • Very good running smoothness
  • Minimal elongation behavior and increased diameter consistency
  • Fewer shortenings required
  • Rope elongation predictable and calculable
  • No strand contact and therefore much longer service life
  • Less sheave wear

Here’s the PERFORMA-DT at work at Söll-Hexenwasser in Austria. Check the decibel readings…so quiet:

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