Owners of the resort, the Kemmerer Family, and the mountain's management decided to decommission the tram before any safety concerns arise, although lift inspectors have determined it still has several years of useful life yet.
"Our family is committed to a zero risk approach, so we think this proactive stance is the best," explained Jay Kemmerer. "We know this may impact our business . . . but we are committed to the best long term solution." Added JHMR president Jerry Blann, "The Tram is nearing the end of her natural life-she's a child of the '60's that's been going 100 percent summer and winter and has earned a graceful retirement." The resort is considering several alternatives for replacing its iconic tram.