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post #1 of 24
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Ruthie and I just got home from Teton Village. By a total twist of fate (and a little sucking up to the tram operators), we lucked out and rode the VERY LAST PUBLIC TRIP of the Jackson Hole tram up the mountain.

It was an incredibly bittersweet experience. I first rode the JH tram as a sophomore in college (Iowa State University, go Cyclones!) in the spring of 1969. I've ridden it literally thousands of times, winter and summer, since.

It's a ski lift that has had an enormous amount of influence on the history of skiing in the United States. In many ways, it helped validate North American skiing in the eyes of the "real" world of skiing, the Alps.

We rode it today with young people and old people and it was very emotional. Forty years of taking beginners, intermediates, and some of the world's greatest skiers to terrain that changed the way ski resorts looked at what was "skiable".

The greatest news is that a newer and better tram is on the way. We'll see it in two more years.

In the meantime... bottoms up to the Jackson Hole tram.
post #2 of 24
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Originally Posted by Bob Peters View Post
In the meantime... bottoms up to the Jackson Hole tram.
Cheers!
post #3 of 24
i wish i were there to see it. Im going to be there in jan of 07 and 09, with any luck ill see the new one and get to use it. I had to say my farewell in jan of this year when UVM was there.

Sad face
post #4 of 24
Bob, I almost cried when I read this! I've never experienced the tram, but Even I know what it meant to skiing in the US. Even though it will be replaced with something "better" its sad to say good bye to an old friend, Huh?

Tip one for me
post #5 of 24
Hi Bob,
I got to christen the Snowbird tram as a Sophmore at USU. It was a miserable failure from the point of view we hit the cliffs above Scott, but obviously we all survived...even the tram. I doubt I'll ever camp again on the slopes across from the Tram, but things have changed.

I first experienced Jackson Hole in 1973. What an adventure. I'm pretty sure the entrance to Corbets had a bigger cornice then . The Tram aged gracefully, and never developed the characteristics of age (unlike me). It was a great run. Start today to be part of the inaugural trip of the new tram. Somehow, I think the mountain will be the same, even if the Tram is bigger and better. Two things are certain; you will be part of it, and the top of the mountain remains your domain. No tram required.
post #6 of 24
Thanks for the memories!
post #7 of 24
When we were in Jackson we poured a shot of Jim Beam to the ground in honor of the tram
post #8 of 24
Never got to ride it.

but did hear this weekend from someone that bob peters is backflippin, bad ass skier. That the reason I will go to jackson this year.
post #9 of 24
I'm glad that somone like you Bob, to whom it meant so much, got to ride the last tram.

I managed to ride it in July (for the uninitiated, yes, to ski). I have no sentimental attachment to the machine, but it IS a tremendous panarama that the tram accessed.

I won't miss it, but will eventually make it to the top of the hill again via the new one, methinks.
post #10 of 24
This thread is useless without PICTURES!
post #11 of 24
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Originally Posted by Wear The Fox Hat View Post
This thread is useless without PICTURES!
would you accept a couple youtubes?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jF7HWBvNO3Q

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKEeUoPhbqo

bob, seems fitting you two got to take that last ride.

my one time up was at the epicgathering a couple of them ago.

actually, rode up with scsa and we came back down the hobacks in some very nice snow.

lucky to say i got a lap in.
post #12 of 24
Thanks ryan!
post #13 of 24
Oh Ryan, you had to do it!
Just when I was embracing the fall colour, you got me whishing it was over. Come on Snow!
post #14 of 24
Awesome!

I read about the decommisioning of the tram in SKI last season and made the trip to "mecca" on closing weekend, April 1st and 2nd. By the luck of the draw I managed to be #39 out of the total 60 who were squeezed on to the very last tram of the ski season. we got pelted with snowballs on the landing (thankfully the snowboarders in line stepped up and created shields with their boards) and then the lift operator blased AC/DC's "It's A Long Way to the Top If You Want to Rock n Roll." Crowds of people were lined up all along the fall line throwning snowballs and cheering. As can be expected, the crowd at the top of the mountain was out of hand, drunk, crazy, and well armed with snowballs. One kid on the tram wore his skis the whole way up and then rode the rails when he disembarked. And then there was one poor woman who didn't want to get pelted, so she hid up on the tram dock for close to 15 minutes. Finally some crazy dressed like Father Time ran up and grabbed her and shielded her as she was pelted with snow. She was a brunette, but was snow white by the time she got down the stairs.

My only disappointment with the adventure is that I made it solo. I wasn't able to convince anybody to shell out the $$ for a quick weekend jaunt to JH. But I'm glad I went.

Thanks for reminding me of the event!

They should have a reunion for all the folks who rode the last winter and summer tram...
post #15 of 24
I said goodbye to the tram this summer with my family. I got to take my 7 yr old son, who had never been there, up the tram, showed him Corbetts etc. I'm glad we got to do it. I hope the new tram turns out to be as good as the original. The tram is unquestionably part of one of the greatest ski experiences in North America. The whole place helped to redefine skiing for a great many people.
post #16 of 24
Once I were it was the last year of the TRAM, I had to go to Jackson Hole this year. As an Eastern Canadian teenager, that was the only place I really wanted to ski in the US West. Jackson Hole and the TRAM were like 'mecca' for skiers. You had to experience it.

25 years later this year, I finally made it to Jackson Hole. It was a blast. Happy to have made it.

Happy that you made it on the last public Tram Bob.
post #17 of 24
Patrick, the second YouTube video is from OUR weekend, January 28-29, in case you ever want to show someone how good it was.
post #18 of 24
http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...jackson+h ole

best jackson video I have ever seen. well video that not pro made.
post #19 of 24
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Originally Posted by Bob Peters View Post
Ruthie and I just got home from Teton Village. By a total twist of fate (and a little sucking up to the tram operators), we lucked out and rode the VERY LAST PUBLIC TRIP of the Jackson Hole tram up the mountain.
Karma dude. Karma....
post #20 of 24
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...jackson+h ole

best jackson video I have ever seen. well video that not pro made.

I will be sure to tell them that. Theyll appreciate it. I know most of the guys in that video, theyre moving out there tomorrow actually. For a year + they are going to bumb it. www.jacksonholeskibums.com

here is 2 other years of their jackson videos
im hoping to be as good by the time i graduate
http://www.uvm.edu/~dwatkins/J_Hole.mpg
http://www.uvm.edu/~dwatkins/Jackson05.mpg.mpg
http://www.uvm.edu/~dwatkins/jhole06.htm


UVM REPRESENT!!
post #21 of 24
For what it's worth, I'd be interested to know what each of the core "bums" got their degree in (assuming that they all did indeed graduate).

also, have they ever seen the film Fandango? is so, what it an inspiration?
post #22 of 24
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Originally Posted by madmanmlh View Post
I will be sure to tell them that. Theyll appreciate it. I know most of the guys in that video, theyre moving out there tomorrow actually. For a year + they are going to bumb it. www.jacksonholeskibums.com

here is 2 other years of their jackson videos
im hoping to be as good by the time i graduate
http://www.uvm.edu/~dwatkins/J_Hole.mpg
http://www.uvm.edu/~dwatkins/Jackson05.mpg.mpg
http://www.uvm.edu/~dwatkins/jhole06.htm


UVM REPRESENT!!
WOOT WOOT!

I've been toying with the idea of going this year, but if I don't I'm definitely going next year.
post #23 of 24
youll regret it if you dont.

Most or all of them were buisness administration majors. I dont know about all of them though
post #24 of 24
oh.
i would have guessed Beverage Managment...

makes me wish i'd hooked up with some ski fools in college. But when you're in San Luis Obispo and wearing shorts and t-shirts 24/7 you kind of forget about snow and focus on the beach.
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