Jackson, Wy – An aerial tram that has carried an
estimated two (M) million skiers and tourists since 1966 to the top
of Rendezvous Mountain overlooking the Jackson Hole valley will be
retired next year.
Experts concluded that the tram at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
in Teton Village could run for an unspecified number of years. But
resort owners decided it should be decommissioned in September 2006
before any safety concerns arise.
Resort president Jerry Blann says today (Friday) it's an end of
an era here and a sad day.
The tram operated year-round with two enclosed cabins that could
hold up to 52 people. Its maiden run was July 31, 1966.
Blann says the resort is announcing the move a year in advance
in hopes of spurring discussion on what to do after it is retired.
Replacing the tram would cost about 20 (M) million dollars.
The resort will be looking for help from the public and maybe
the state to help fund a replacement tram if that route is chosen.