The Big One Returns! Jackson Hole's New Tram Opens

Next Up

Last night in Teton Village ACDC’s music belted out through a massive sound system “I’m Back, bayayaya, Back in Black, Yes I’m Back.” We were at the unveiling of the new Jackson Hole Tram.Tram UnveilingTram Unveiling A lot of tension and stress was leaving the valley. Many who had long ago dropped any semblance of a normal life to spend countless days riding the tram finally had their fix available to them again.Tram Unveiling It was the end and the beginning all at the same time. The end of a tough two years. Tram UnveilingThis mountain was not meant to be skied without the tram. Paul McCollister had it right in the first place. It was also the beginning. Santa coming out of the tramThe beginning of a new era in Jackson Hole history.
Three years ago the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort announced that it was going to decommission North America’s number one ski lift, the legendary Tram. The townsfolk of Jackson and the ski industry as a whole looked on in disbelief as the resort said they did not have a replacement plan in place yet, Due to 40 years of hard use, the lift would no longer run. Jackson Hole has the longest continuous vertical rise in the United States at 4,139 ft. The old tram lifted 52 skiers up the mountain in 12 minutes.
Shortly thereafter, the powers that be announced they would be launching a 32 million dollar project to install a new and improved tram to the top of Rendezvous peak. The new lift would carry over 100 skiers and snowboarders in under nine minutes to the top of the mountain.
Two years later JHMR and world renowned lift maker Dopplemyer finished construction and opened the tram. Last nights opening ceremonies brought out over 2,000 people.Santa coming out of the tram The tram descended down into a maze of lights covered in a white veil. A miracle snow storm dumped fresh powder and the veil was dropped. Santa Clause repelled 60 ft. out of the tram into a screaming crowd of people. The celebration beginsFireworks shot out of the tram, as well as all around it. Bells Rung, Cheers, High Fives and Hugs were given. Bon Jovi’s Dead or Alive The Tram Celebrtioncranked through the sound system delivering one of the most fitting messages of the evening, “I’m a Cowboy on a Steal Horse I Ride”. Jackson Hole Tram
Riding the tram this morning was unbelievable. Walk on Trams, 4,139 vertical foot runs in The new Tram Carunder 15 minutes, negative 10 degrees, a foot of powder, friends in the tramline, it all began to feel a lot like Jackson Hole Again!!!!

Next Story

TGR Tested: Faction Dictator 3.0