Inauguration of the cross at Alpe Cardada


Inauguration of the Locarno – Madonna del Sasso funicular

1936 Construction of the Cimetta hut by the Solduno Ski Club
1938 Construction of the Cardada hut by the Ski Club Locarno
1950 Foundation of the company FLOC (Funivia Locarno Orselina Cardada) with 21 partners and the president Luigi Pedrazzini with concession for the construction of the cableway

1951 - 1965

Construction of the ski lifts in Cimetta (initiative of Ulisse del Grande)


Construction of the first cable car to connect Orselina to Cardada (Boldrini company from Locarno with Von Roll firm from Thun)
December 26th, start of business with 7 employees and the ticket price at CHF 5.-

1953 In its first year the cable car cabins carried 68’598 passengers and Albergo Cardada has been purchased
1954 Construction of the chairlift to connect Cardada to Cimetta (Companies Ferriere Cattaneo from Giubiasco together with Carlevaro & Savio firm from Turin)

Replacement of the traction cable and ballast of the cable car

1961 Construction of the Alpe Vegnasca – Cimetta ski lift 
1965 Construction of the Cimetta ski lift 
1968 Merger of the two cableway and chairlift companies with a single Board of Directors
1978 Renewal of the cableway’s electrical control and traction system
1982 Major intervention on the chairlift’s electromechanical system (Companies Garaventa from Goldau and Frey from Stans) 

Replacement of the cable car cabins (Company CWA from Olten)

1991 Replacement of the traction cable and ballast of the cable car 

Dissolution of FLOC and establishment of Cardada Impianti Turistici SA

1997 - 2000 Construction of a panoramic walkway, a recreational path in Cardada and a geological observatory in Cimetta (project by landscape architect Paolo Bürgi) 
1998 - 2000

Manufacture of new cabins with modern design by the famous architect Mario Botta and construction of the valley and mountain cable car stations, also designed by architect Mario Botta with the participation of architect Paolo Pedrazzini


Inauguration and official reopening of the new facilities on June 7th


Centenary and placement of the new cross on Alpe Cardada

2002 - 2003

Dismantling of Alpe Cardada’s ski lift

2007 Dismantling of Pian d’Üsei’s ski lift
2018 - 2019 End of the skiing activity in Cimetta by the Cardada Ski Club

Renewal and modernization of the technical and electrical part of the cable car with a digital system

2020 Facilities closure from March 11th to June 5th due to lockdown imposed by Covid-19
2021 Dismantling of the Vegnasca ski lifts
Renewal and modernization of the technical and electrical part of the chairlift and its valley station

Creation of the pond at Alpe Cardada
Restoration of the path from Cardada station to the panoramic walkway