Rifflsee cable cars: comfortable to the highest mountain lake in austria

In Mandarfen, right before the end of the Pitztal, lies the lower station of the Rifflsee cable cars. From there the gondola will bring You directly up to 2.232 m where the highest lake in austria lies. A multifaceted programme of activities waits for athletes, friends of nature and families. In the following article You will find every information about the Rifflsee cable cars You need to start your adventure day.

With the Rifflsee cable cars up to the Rifflsee

The upper station of the cable cars is only a stones throw away from the Rifflsee. In the winter You can ski in two Skiing areas with one ticket – thanks to the slope that descents into the valley, which connects the Rifflsee and the Pitztal Glacier. The lake is a recreational site in the summer: float riding, mountaineering and hiking or just sitting on the terrace of the Sunna Alm and enjoying the sun – here is a summer experience for everyone.

Opening hours of the cable cars

The Rifflsee cable cars are open in the winter – as well as in the summer. Withhin a time of 5 minutes You arrive fast and comfortably at the ski- and hiking area of the Rifflsee.
The current opening hours of the cable cars and the ticket office:

Rifflsee cable cars prices in the summer & winter

We have summarised the prices for up- and downhill rides on the cable cars for you below. You can find all the other prices for the Rifflsee cable cars in the summer and winter, for example for Ski passes and combi tickets, in our detailed pricelist.

Facts about the Rifflsee cable cars

Already in the early 70s a chairlift with one seat from Mandarfen to the Rifflsee and the first few ski lifts have been built. In 1994 the one chairlift has been replaced with the modern 6 seated gondola, which connects the valley with the mountain lake till today. The Sunna Alm at the upper station of the cable cars is the first restaurant built with a passive construction method in the alps – all in the spirit of nature-compatible, sustainable tourism.


  • Horizontal length: 1.192,10 m
  • Height difference: 615 m
  • Sloping length: 1.341,39 m
  • Duration: 6 minutes
  • Capacity: 1.266 P/h
  • Amount: 48 cable cars

Higher up with the Gletscherexpress & Wildspitz cable cars

You want higher up into thrilling heights? Then hop into the nearby ski lifts of the Pitztal Glacier: The first stage of the ascent You travel with the subterranean Gletscherexpress, which takes You up to 2.840 m. The Wildspitz cable cars, the highest in cable cars in austria, will bring you into the realm of the three-thousanders. When you arrive at 3.440 m the world of the mountains lies at your feet.

Journey to the ski- and hiking area at the Rifflsee

From ski day over hiking trips to a cozy time out on the mountain: The Rifflsee cable cars will take you comfortable to your destination. Plan your trip to Mandarfen in the Pitztal!

Trainstation: Bahnhof Imst

How to get from the train station into the Pitztal

  • public bus

*Taxi (25 minutes drive)
  • Shuttleservice from the Hotel – depends on the accomodation providerr

Online trainticket & schedules

Plane Deinen Aufenthalt in der Gletscher- und Naturparkregion Pitztal

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