Jackson to Build $25 Million Tram

1039 view(s)

Publish Date

08/10/2006

SAM Magazine-Teton Village, Wyo., Aug. 10 2006-Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR) will replace its original 60-passenger tram with a new 100 passenger state of the art Doppelmayr/CTEC aerial tramway. Like its predecessor, the new tram will be a gig back reversible and rise 4,139 vertical feet from the base in Teton Village to the summit of Rendezvous Mountain. Anticipated project cost is $25 million, excluding the cost of the beyond-basic top and bottom terminals JHMR is considering.

"I am very proud of our company leading this two and a half year process to a successful conclusion," said Jerry Blann, JHMR President. "This outcome would not have been possible without our dedicated owners, the Kemmerer family and our board of directors. They deserve recognition for their commitment to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Teton County and the State of Wyoming."

The existing tram will cease public operation Oct. 1 and become a work tram through summer of 2007. JHMR plans to open the new tram in December 2008. Preliminary discussions are taking place with the Forest Service regarding approvals. Uphill capacity will more than double to 650 passengers an hour, pending Forest Service approval. Carney Architects, a local Jackson firm, is developing concepts for bottom and top terminal enclosures.

JHMR considered installing a bi-cable gondola, but several factors dictated a tram. Among them: wind and maintenance issues, and capacity. And finances, of course. "So far we have had to plan on funding the entire project privately," said Blann, as attempts to obtain public funds have failed to materialize. "In conjunction with the $14 million already committed to capital improvements this summer, there will be a strain felt on our company resources. The new tram will ultimately require additional improvements including a redevelopment of Nick Wilson's Café into a multi-purpose base lodge."

The new tram will be the first major project built under the new ANSI B-77 standard, and it will feature some impressive capabilities. For one, it will be able to operate in 75 mph winds. Critical systems will have multiple backups. "There's never been an installation of this magnitude," Blann said.

JHMR will begin engineering work this summer, then use the existing tram to ferry major components into place next summer. Then the old tram will be decommissioned and the new one built on the same alignment. When completed, it will be the biggest tram installation in North America.

Though the cabin manufacturer hasn't been selected yet, the design will recall the original tram's iconic red box. It will be able to carry twice the weight of the old tram; making it possible to attach and transport a water tank and even a grooming vehicle to the summit under the cabin.

Comments

groomer

The question is...can it carry the groomer under the cabin in 75 MPH winds??? Just kidding. This is great for the industry and JMR - the tram is an icon that our customers associate with skiing in the USA.

Tram know-it-all

The current tram can operate with 60mph winds. Maximum allowable wind velocities are for short gusts at right angles to the tram line. No skiers have blown away that I know of.

Wonderful, but...

Operates in a 75 mph wind! Do you really want skiers getting blown into Corberts on the way back down?

Ski Instructor

This is wonderful news! The tram is, in my opinion, the heart and soul of Jackson Hole which is my favorite ski area in the world.

Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.

More information about formatting options

CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.