The idea of building a cable car to the Wurmberg was born in the early 1960s. The main sponsor of the project at that time was the then resort director of Braunlage Remer. It was he who established contact with Carry Gross, which at the time was selling ropeway systems in Germany made by the Swiss manufacturer von Roll.
Eventually Carry Gross founded the Wurmberg ropeway company ABIG GmbH & Co., which financed the construction of the von Roll ropeway and even did some of the work itself. On Saturday, February 16, 1963, the time was right: For the first time, 41 colorful cabins, each for two people, sailed from Rodelhaus station to Wurmberg. The lower section of the railroad did not yet exist at that time; instead a shuttle bus ran between the Rodelhaus station and the Braunlage.
However, the Wurmberg cable car was so successful from the beginning that the company decided to extend it down into the valley. Finally, on July 1, 1967, after intensive planning and a year of construction, the railroad began operating from today's valley station, eliminating the need for shuttle buses. The Wurmberg cable car has now covered an elevation difference of 400 meters for a total length of about 2,800 meters.
However, the "big parking lot" at the valley station was not as large as it is today. It was not expanded in parts until after 1967 and was finally completed in its current size when the nearby Maritim Hotel was built. After the completion of the entire Wurmberg cable car, the ski and pedestrian area gradually took on its present form. The first two ski elevators were built in 1968: the double rope tow elevator in Kaffehorst and, as an extension, the pendulum elevator in Hexenritt. In 1969, the lower station was expanded to include a restaurant, a playground at the lower station, a terrace, a connection to the boardwalk and many other things that were built one after the other.
An important step in 1974 was the construction of the Nordlift, a two-button lift system, on the north side of the Wurmberg, which was especially reliable in snowfall. With the construction of this elevator the development of the ski area in its present form was completed, since then Wurmberg has established itself as the leading winter sports area in the Harz.
In 1977 the mountain station was expanded to accommodate an increasing number of guests. It now also established repair and storage facilities for the ski racks acquired during that time.
In the late 1970s the Wurmbergeilbahn, which had 142 cabins at the time, reached its capacity limit. Therefore, from the fall of 1980 to October 1982, the railroad was modernized, with normal operation maintained and operations automated. This modernization was completed with 160 new cabins with automatic door openers in October 1982. Since then, the railroad has been able to carry 600 people per hour and direction.
To reduce the often long winter wait times, the company planned in the 1980s to replace the Kaffeehorst and Hexenritt elevators with a double chairlift with intermediate exits. However, the project was not approved and later abandoned. Instead, plans emerged in the mid-1990s to replace the Wurmberg cable car, which was often overloaded.
Finally, in the summer of 2000, the old Wurmberg aerial tramway was demolished after 37 years of trouble-free operation. In the following months, Doppelmayr, Wolfurth, built a new facility with cabins for six people for about 5.2 million euros. The valley and mountain station buildings were reused, but the middle Rodelhaus station had to be demolished and completely rebuilt.
Finally, on January 15, 2001, the new Wurmberg cable car with a capacity of 960 people per hour in each direction entered service. It is now one of the most modern single-channel gondolas in Europe and has given a new impetus to the Wurmberg sports area.
In August 2014, dismantling work began on the 30-meter-long tower and on the Big Wurmbergschatz over 80 meters long, the need for which arose due to weather damage to the steel frame.
PTZ camera filming the cable car in Wurmberg