For those of you who are wondering what this is about, particularly since most of the links no longer work...
Several years ago, there was a challenge between Snowbird and Jackson Hole. Each resort named a four-person team and the idea was to see which team could rack up the most vertical in a day using that resort's tram.
Here's an online report from Powder Mag: Snowbird Wins Tram-Off'Women of the Wasatch' Log 348,000 vertical feet, 75 MilesSnowbird, Utah - A team of four women skied and snowboarded a record 30 Snowbird Trams Tuesday logging a team total of 348,000 vertical feet and claiming the title of Tram Off champions. The margin of victory was a combined 324 vertical feet. Jackson's team logged 347,676.By catching every blue Tram car of the day, the Snowbird team covered 75 miles on the groomed Chip's Run between 9 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. - normal operating hours with the public aboard. Each Snowbird athlete skied/rode 87,000 vertical feet compared to 86,919 vertical feet (21 Trams) by each of Jackson's athletes.Snowbird's team - Sarah Clemensen, Nora Pincus, Kasha Rigby and Shannan Yates - were assisted by two Cliff Spa massage therapists providing rubdowns on every Tram ride of the afternoon."I had the best time skiing with all these ripping women," said Snowbird team member Shannan Yates.
Snowbird team member Nora PincusPrior to Tuesday, Snowbird's record for Trams in a day was 27.Jackson Hole's team consisted of Ambassador Tommy Moe; snowboarder John Griber; telemarker and Nordic Center Director Scott MgGhee and champion freeskier AJ Cargill. The Snowbird Tram covers 2,900 vertical feet in 7-8 minutes; Jackson's Tram climbs 4,139 feet in 12 minutes. Both resorts operated their Trams at full speed for Tuesday's competition.The winner of the race was determined by cumulative vertical skied and ridden by the entire team. Team members skied/rode together and trams ran on their normal schedule. All trails were open and competitors obeyed all skier and rider safety rules. At Jackson Hole, the course was an off-piste route until about half way down. It included Rendezvous Bowl, Corbet's Couloir and Downhill Chute to Amphitheater then Gros Ventre. Snowbird's groomed course consisted of Chip's and Peruvian Gulch.
As you might imagine, the grapes were appropriately sour here in Jackson Hole. The Snowbird girls got MASSAGES during the tram rides and the rumor was that they had a couch in the tram so they could recline during the ride up.
Also, the JH guys made most of their runs (not quite all, I think) following the traditional "FASTEST WAY DOWN", which is Corbet's Couloir to Tensleep Bowl to the Downhill Chute to Amphitheater to Gros Ventre. The first third of that route is pretty darned gnarly. The Snowbirders did mostly Chip's Run.
Be that as it may, the Wasatch girls won and the contest hasn't been held since. Our new tram is supposed to be a little faster, so maybe somebody will renew the challenge.