The story of “Dantercepies” cable from Selva Gardena to Passo Gardena is long and really interesting. The first cable way line to Passo was built by Austrians in 1915 during World War the 1st exploiting Russian prisoners manual laborers and it was one of the first chair lift ever built in the world. It represented the natural continuation of the just finalized Val Gardena railway and facilitated connections with Val Badia with its dedicated front trail called Falzarego – Col di Lana. The chair lift system started in Plan and ended just before the pass.

From there another chair lift system brought to Corvara where there were warehouses for materials marshalling to Col di Lana or Lagazuoi. There was therefore a cableway routing from Plan to Passo Incisa heading Col di Lana and till Vallon Bianco, while another trail brought to Lagazuoi.

But to find the 1st modern chair lift system we have to wait till the end of World War the 2nd: in 1949 Drago company created on the actual chair lift system the first one seat chair lift ever that was the longest in Europe. Later on, Lagundo based company Trojer renewed the chair lift that became a 2 seat cable car in service till 1975. In the same year Agudio rebuilt the whole chair lift system realizing its first automatic detachable cable (one of the first in Italy) with 4 seat cabins and an underground computerised warehouse. Stations were provided with internal and external ceiling matchboarding, stained glass windows and accomodation for the guardian.

In 1985 Agudio itself renewed the system: they manteined the structure while cabins were changed with 6 seat cabins by “Pininfarina Design” very used and well-known all over Italy. In 1992 the chair lift system had its 20 years revision and it was decided to refurbish tit for the fifth time, mantaining station building structures but changing completely the cableway that was ordered to Leitner from Vipiteno. Due to constricted old stations spaces they kept the 6 seat cabins choosing the CWA solutin with a capacity of 2200 people per hour.

During the year 2013 the Dantercepies Spa undertook a complete renovation of the Dantercepies cable car.

The main actions were:

  • demolition and complete reconstruction of the Upstream and the Bottom station.
  • Change of the track with the construction of an intermediate station.
  • Increasing the hourly capacity from 2,000 people per hour to 3,000 people per hour.

The aim of this conversion is: a considerable reduction of the waiting queues at the stations, more travel comfort, the creation of spacious panoramic stations.