A Fond Farewell to the Jackson Hole Aerial Tram

September 26, 2006 at 9:41 pm Leave a comment

A slice of history will end this weekend (October 1, 2006) with the last run of the Jackson Hole Aerial Tram. Located at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Wyoming it has carried skiers, hikers, and Cheeseburgers from the base in Teton Village to the summit of Rendezvous Mountain since 1966. It rises 4,139 vertical feet, topping out at 10,450 ft. A new 100 passenger tramway will replace the existing tram in 2008. But since the tram was still running this weekend we used it to ascend Rendezvous Mountain.

The drive from Salt Lake City to Jackson on Friday was quite wet – mixed rain and snow – but this did not dampen our enthusiasm for the upcoming summit. The ascent team rested for the next morning’s challenge at Luton’s Teton Cabins located just east of Moran Junction. Their fine Brinkmann Trailmaster smokers allowed for the the preparation of herbed (garlic, thyme, sage, and oregeno) buffalo burgers. For an added touch, the buns were toasted over the hot coals.

Saturday morning greeted us with a stunning view of a snow-covered Mount Moran. Named after Thomas Moran, an American western frontier landscape artist, this massive peak rises to 12,605 ft. from the banks of Jackson Lake. After a breakfast of scrambled eggs and a rasher (or two) of bacon we set off for Teton Village. We had just a short wait in line before we boarded the tram for the ride up Rendezvous Mountain.

A foot or so of snow from the previous week’s weather greeted us at the summit. In short order burgers, cheese, buns, and onion and tomato slices were produced and John, Lisa, Marion, and Paul enjoyed the Cheeseburgers and the view. We were all quite impressed with the ruggedness of the Tetons. Our extra burgers were offered to several fellow summiteers, but no one bit on the offer. Another fine Cheeseburger summit!

Rendezvous Summit Jackson Hole Mount Moran Teewinot and Owen from Inspiration Point

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