The OITAF Ropeway Congress 2024 to be held in Canada

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From 17 to 21 June 2024, the OITAF Ropeway Congress 2024 entitled ‘Ropeways – Smart Transport Solutions’ will be held in Vancouver, Canada. The event takes place every six years and brings together ropeway operators. Many topics central to the industry will be covered, including the development of ropeways in urban and tourist areas, the operation of ropeways, new developments in ropeway technology, and the central theme of sustainability. Registration is now open

The conference language is English or French, with simultaneous translation into the other language as well as German and Spanish.

There will also be two days of visits to the year-round destinations Grouse Mountain and Whistler Mountain/Blackcomb. In addition, there is an attractive support programme for accompanying persons: Vancouver Island Tour and Grande Ville Island Tour.


All activities take place or start at the Hyatt Hotel in Vancouver.

To register, please visit the congress website https://oitaf2024.com/

The full programme

Conference Session 1                                                                                        TUESDAY JUNE 18TH 2024

Development of ropeways in the urban and tourist sector


Title Autor Role Linguage
9:00 Opening Jörg Schröttner
OITAF President E
9:15 Greetings


9:30 The transport capacity of a cable car system in public transportation  Klaus Erharter


Paul Abed



Klaus Erharter (I), Technical Director Leitner
Paul Abed (MEX) Director of Mexitelefericos S.A. de C.V.
10:00 Burnaby Mountain Gondola: Making the Rapid Transit Connection


Holly Foxcroft (CAN) Lead Planner, TransLink E
10:20 Toulouse’s cable car: focus on best practise 2 years after commissioning


Patrick Vial
Project director of Teleo – now project manager of thé future third métro Line in Toulouse F
10:40 Discussion


11:00 Coffee break


11:25 BREST, the 1st urban ropeway in France



Victor Antonio
Mobilities director


11:45 Transit planning in a context of inequality: The Case of Mexico City’s Cablebús Network – 10 million people each day. 


Andrés Lajous


Mobility Secretary, CDMX


12:10 Discussion


12:30 Lunch break



Operation of ropeways

14:00 Get the best out of your ropes


Sven Winter
CEO ROTEC GmbH President OITAF Study committee II E
14:20 Digital customer trainings: know-how anywhere and anytime 


Philip Oberdorfer
Digital Services Customer Support Doppelmayr Seilbahnen GmbH E
14:40 Operations and Maintenance (O&M): A successful long-term approach in managing Client’s assets


Javier Rosales
Operation and Maintenance Manager (Doha, Qatar) Doppelmayr Cable Car GmbH E
15:00 Opportunities and threats of digitalisation 


Marco Zgraggen
CEO Sisag E
15:20 Discussion


15:40 Coffee break


16:00 Operation and Maintenance of a multi-brand cable car


Diego Scofano
Technical Director Grupo Iter – Rio de Janeiro E
16:20 LIFE Ropeway, the Innovative approach to increase the sustainability of Ropeways and their Operation throughout their entire lifecycle


Michael Fauche
New Market & Strategy Director Poma E
16:40 Great Place to work Talent Journey  Benny Pregenzer
CEO Fisser Bergbahnen GmbH E
17:00 Ropeways – A Leader in Safe Accessible Transportation


John Kamb
Ropeway Engineer, US Forest Service


17:20 Metrocable Line K – Keys to keeping the first urban cable car in operation after 20 years, 135,000 hours and 260 million passengers mobilized


Jorge Alberto

Ramos Lopez

Ropeways Manager, Metro de Medellín




17:40 E-mobility at the +1 level in public transport


Dominik Berndt (D) CEO and Initiator di Cable Car World E
17:50 Discussion


18:10 Conclusion




Session 3                                                              WEDNESDAY JUNE 19TH 2024

Ropeway technology, new developments


9:00 Proposal for a tool to help verify the safety level of monocable aerial ropeways


Gaëtan Rioult
Head of Department for Ropeway Installations STRMTG France,
President OITAF Study Committee I
9:25 Autonomous mobility with ropeways – the next generation of modern transportation


Michael Mathis (A)

Martin Oberhammer (A)

 Head of technical division, Doppelmayr Seilbahnen GmbH

CEO Silvretta Montafon Holding GmbH

9:55 Weather Challenges in Ropeway Operations & Maintenance


Tom Scully
Risk Control Consultant, President OITAF-NACS E
10:15 Discussion


10:35 Coffee break


11:00 Fire risk under ropeways – a new approach to fly over difficulties Thibault Chatelus
Ropeway engineer in STRMTG (french control authority) F
11:20 The intermodal transport system ConnX 


Günther Tschinkel
Head of electrotechnical technical department Leitner ropeways E
11:45 Cybersafety in the Sky: Unveiling the Crucial Link Between Ropeways Safety and Cybersecurity


Giorgio Pizzi
Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport – Italy – Director of Ropeways, local railways and digitization of local public transport Division E
12:10 Discussion


12:30 Lunch break




Session 4 

Dimensions of sustainability

14:00 The transformation of funicular system since 1888 – The Peak Tram


Samuel Lee
Director of Engineering Peak Tramways Company Limited / Hong Kong E
14:15 Adaptation strategies of ropeway companies in Switzerland due to climate change 


Berno Stoffel



Benedicta Aregger


Director Swiss Cable Car Association



 Vice Director Swiss Cable Car Association

14:35 Development and optimization of snow making systems for better resource management  Franco Torretta
Technical director Monterosa skiresort (Italy); President of the Italian National Association of Ropeway Technicians (A.N.I.T.I.F.) E
14:55 Empirical data on technical snowmaking: Greener and more Sustainable than assumed Günther Aigner
CEO „Zukunft Skisport


15:15 Energy Storage System for Ropeways 


Stefan Gassmann



Head of Sales
Frey AG
15:30 Coffee break


15:55 Touristic Sites and Environment 


Gunther Suette
 President OITAF Study committee VII E
16:15 New strategy for ski resorts: public transport as the future essential service 


Sophia Oberjakober(I)

Andreas Dorfmann(I)

CEO Mobilitätskonsortium

President Mobilitätskonsortium, CEO Kronplatz Group

16:35 The new generation of bicable ropeway, the economic link between monocable and 3S


Dominic Bosio
Leitner ropeways SpA E
16:55 Discussion


17:15 Organisational issues for the side visits


17:25 Presentation of Grouse Mountain Resort


Grouse Mountain E
17:50 Closing Words


18:00 End


20:00– 24:00 Gala Dinner





Escursion                                                                      Thursday June 20th 2024


Escursion                                                                    Friday June 21st  2024