We all like a list.  Here’s 10 facts about Poma and Doppelmayr – producers of most of the world’s ski lifts.  The data was taken from this winter’s ‘Economic Panorama of Savoie Mont Blanc Ski Resorts’ (more interesting than it sounds!)

10 Facts about Poma, Doppelmayr and Ski Lifts

1. Poma (real name: Pomagalski) has 60% of the French ski lift market

2. The average French ski lift is 19 years old, whereas in Austria it is 11 years old

3. French ski resorts have 3800 total lifts, compared to 4200 ten years ago

4. Poma first installed lifts in the USA in the 50s, and cable cars are still commonly called ‘Pomalifts’

5. The annual French market is estimated at €125m

6. Doppelmayr lifts are used in 24 French ski resorts

7. Each year French resorts replace 33-34 lifts

8. 40-60% of Poma’s and 66% of Doppelmayr’s revenues come from international markets

9. Poma employs 660 in France and 880 globally

10. In 2011 Kassbohrer sold 130 ‘piste bashers’ in France, but an average of 170 p/a in 2008-2010

Okay, that last fact is not about lifts, but it’s still interesting we think!



By Iain Martin