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Unfortunately, there is no definite answer to this question. The crucial factors that determine the price of a ropeway are the topographic situation on site, the desired carrier capacity, the length of the ropeway and as a result the type of the system chosen.
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This process of the construction of a ropeway is called "pulling the rope". As it is not possible to start right away with the heavy and thick rope, a thin and light rope is pulled on the ropeway first. This happens either manually, using rope winches or with the help of helicopters. Then, a thicker rope is spliced or knotted onto the thinner one and, consequently, pulled by means a of rope winch. This procedure is repeated with ropes that increase in thickness until the final rope with the correct diameter lies on the sheave assemblies of the ropeway towers.
This procedure is called "splicing" in technical terminology and is applied to so-called strand ropes which are used as haul ropes or ropes with a hauling or support function. During the splicing, the rope which consists of several strands (one strand consists of several individual wires) is untwisted at the ends. Then, the individual strands of the two ends are interlaced and the result is an endless rope. The connection point is called splice and can hardly be detected by a layman – if done correctly.