On the heels of building its 50,000th Omega gondola cabin, CWA Constructions introduced the fifth generation of an icon yesterday. Omega V features updated design language and is highly customizable for monocable gondola installations going forward. Omega first debuted back in 1983 and the the rest is history. The Omega IV joined the dynasty in 2007 and in just a dozen years became the chosen carrier for 29 gondolas in the United States and Canada. “The new cabin features the unmistakable Omega shape which merges seamlessly with any of its surroundings. The cabin has been completely redeveloped while retaining the core values of a true Omega,” Doppelmayr says.
Designed with 10 passenger D-Line systems in mind, The V will become the global standard for snow, tourism and urban installations by the Doppelmayr Garaventa Group, of which CWA is a member. The changes I noticed first were the suspension going below the roof line and the bench seats being swapped for individual places (each seat is 18.1 inches or 460 mm wide, more than you’ll find in a typical economy airline seat.) The V has new ergonomic ski rack choices, two bumper options and wider doors that open to 35 inches (900 mm.) A single door can hold up to six pairs of powder skis or five with a snowboard lot. An interior bike rack is also available.
Like its competitor, the Omega now has an option for electric doors in place of purely mechanical ones. “They offer new possibilities in terms of electronic monitoring, reversing and preventive maintenance,” says CWA. For night operations, passive lighting can emanate from a ceiling panel, underneath benches and outside the bumpers for increased safety and style. Solar panels for charging batteries that some features require can be hidden along the upper frame to look like extensions of the windows.
Gondolas are going up at the fastest pace ever because of their versatility and broad appeal. The introduction of Omega V caps an amazing period of innovation by both major cabin manufacturers, with Symphony 10, Taris, Diamond Evo and now Omega V all launching in a span of four years.
CWA has gone live with a configurator demonstrating the multitude of options available to Omega customers. You can make your own selections and take your cabin for 360 degree spins both inside and out. With a bunch of North American gondola projects in the pipeline, where would you like ride the new Omega?