The Palm Springs Tram turns 50 years

Armor Forbes and Marjorie DeLacruz
Story and photos by Pat Krause
Story and photos by Pat Krause

The Palm Springs Tram turns 50 years old this month. They celebrated with a Cocktail and Hors D’oeuvres reception in the Mountain Station at the top of the mountain. Over 200 guests were invited to be a part of this event that showed the fantastic service the Tram has provided people from all over the world.

Guests rode the Tram to the top and were treated to Shrimp, Oysters, Crab legs, refreshments and desserts by the Tram chef. There were several other vendors that served specialties from their menus. Entertainment was provided by Byford Entertainment with a Pianist Dave Hirsch and a guitarist John Pagle. Guests went out on the platform to see the incredible scene of the Valley below. Others walked outside on the paths to see the new fallen snow and fantastic views of the mountain.

The Palm Springs Tram has seen many changes over the years from upgrades to the mountain station to new Trams. The new tram has a revolving floor so you get a different view without moving in the Tram. Maintenance of the Tram is a daily occurrence and they usually shut down in September for a complete checkup and maintenance. They closed this year in August because of the 50th celebration. Luckily they were open when the Government Shutdown occurred. People took advantage of this Shutdown to take the Tram ride as all the National parks were closed. This gave people the opportunity to see what the Tram has to offer and get a look at our beautiful Valley from atop one of the highest mountains in the area.