The history of Rixen Cableways

As in the late 50ies and early 60ies the tourism developed very fast and the winter sports gained more and more it was obvious to make it possible to ride at a cableway.

The beginning...

There were hundreds of ski-lifts built in Germany which increased the winter-tourism enormous. Meanwhile there are about 15.000 Ski lifts in Europe. Without these lifts skiing and snowboarding would almost be impossible.

The demands of the water-skiers to a cableway are much higher than those of the skiers which only have to be pulled up the hill:

  • Instead of a speed of 10 km/h at the ski-lift, for the water ski demands the international regulation speed is up to 58 km/h
  • Instead of a friction force of 40 kg the water ski cableway has to cope with 200kg
  • The dangerous and feared force crossway to the cable is 10 times higher than at each ski lift!

These demands haven’t been solved by the big cableway industry, even by investing millions. However, even with solving these 3 problems, it wouldn’t have been done, there were still sdditional difficulties which had to be solved:

  • further waterskiers have to be coupled into the running cable on full-speed without stopping the cable
  • the distance of 310 m had to be overstretched without a intermediate support to give space for a slalom course
  • find a solution to solve the 90° corner at 58 km/h without falling in the water

Additional numerous technical details had to be cleared and invented by Bruno untill he was able to build the first “Rixen Cableway”. This longtime development including a plenty of patents are the base technology until today.

prototype construction - the first engine!
prototype construction - the first engine!
The idea of riding without a boat was born.
The idea of riding without a boat was born.