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post #1 of 11
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Gday

Im heading to Jackson in late jan for two weeks with a few mates, and just realised that the famous jackson tram will be out of order till next season. What effect will this have on the accessbility of certain parts of the mountain and lift time??? We are a little concerned that we wont get all that this highly rated mountain has to offer...

Many thanks
post #2 of 11
As I recall Bob Peters was quite pleased with the impact of no tram upon ski conditions this past season, despite it being a lean year for snowfall.

My concern for 2007-08 is the more difficult access to the top for ski patrol to do control work after storms. My understanding is that patrol could use the old tram last year. I would be interested in Bob's opinion on this subject.
post #3 of 11
The tram is currently being used to ferry various construction materials to the summit for the construction of the top station. Pretty cool.

They recently removed the clock tower at the base station and all of us that have pics of it or even the village in general now have images that are no longer sellable. My old friend Bob Woodall says maybe they will considered vintage images....:lol:
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Im heading to Jackson in late jan for two weeks with a few mates, and just realised that the famous jackson tram will be out of order till next season.
Ummm, how could you book a trip to JH and NOT know this??????
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Ummm, how could you book a trip to JH and NOT know this??????
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Gday

Im heading to Jackson in late jan for two weeks with a few mates, and just realised that the famous jackson tram will be out of order till next season. What effect will this have on the accessbility of certain parts of the mountain and lift time??? We are a little concerned that we wont get all that this highly rated mountain has to offer...

Many thanks


Not everyone lives and dies skiing - especially cross continental.
post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by Fint View Post
Gday

Im heading to Jackson in late jan for two weeks with a few mates, and just realised that the famous jackson tram will be out of order till next season. What effect will this have on the accessbility of certain parts of the mountain and lift time??? We are a little concerned that we wont get all that this highly rated mountain has to offer...

Many thanks
I wouldn't worry about getting everything the mountain has to offer. I was there last year and the experience was still amazing. It's about a 50 minute 4 chair ride to the top of rendevous bowl now,(as opposed to 15 maybe???? with the tram).

Plus, the east ridge chair allows you to lap rendevous bowl if you want.

Don't worry, your gonna have a blast.
post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by JHrefugee View Post
The tram is currently being used to ferry various construction materials to the summit for the construction of the top station. Pretty cool.

They recently removed the clock tower at the base station and all of us that have pics of it or even the village in general now have images that are no longer sellable. My old friend Bob Woodall says maybe they will considered vintage images....:lol:
Not only did they remove the clock tower, they've now taken BOTH tram cars off and the cables are down as well. The only reminder of the OLD tram is the towers, which won't come down until next spring.

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I wouldn't worry about getting everything the mountain has to offer. I was there last year and the experience was still amazing. It's about a 50 minute 4 chair ride to the top of rendevous bowl now,(as opposed to 15 maybe???? with the tram).

Plus, the east ridge chair allows you to lap rendevous bowl if you want.

Don't worry, your gonna have a blast.
All of that is true.

What Tony mentions about snow control is also true. I think there may be some mornings that will see significantly delayed openings as the ski patrol sorts out the logistics of doing avalanche work without the access the tram has provided. I think a lot depends on how much and how often the snow comes this winter. It'll be a learning experience.

Nevertheless, I fearlessly predict that there will be great skiing here this coming season.
post #8 of 11
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,,,It's about a 50 minute 4 chair ride to the top of rendevous bowl now,(as opposed to 15 maybe???? with the tram)...
Sounds like if you factor in how long the tram line could be, probably about the same bottom to top time.
post #9 of 11
Bob - thanks for the update! Now the world has definately changed for the village.

BTW...this is the tram at Cannon Mt in the Whites in NH, shot last summer..look familiar?
post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the help guys.

Yeah i am from Australia Lonnie, so it wasnt the first thing on my mind to check that all lifts/gondola's/trams were in operation. Maybe i will next time.

I have heard that the tram can have a painfully long queue time, so that gives me a bit more hope that we wont be too disadvantaged taking the gauntlet of lifts, although at the same time, everyone else will be doing the same.

Nonetheless i have heard such great things about this mountain, i think it would be hard to be disappointed.

Cheers
post #11 of 11
I was at JH two years ago with the tram and last year without, and I didn't miss it.

As Bob pointed out in a thread last year, one of the biggest effects of the new arrangement was to make it possible to lap Rendevous Bowl, turning it into a mogul run. (Which has plusses and minuses.)

Halfway across the bowl, there are a series of markers going down the hill about twenty feet apart. I think they may be there to serve as visual references in whiteout conditions. Anyway, if you think for a moment, I bet you can guess what happened. So many people used them as slalom gates that the whole way down turned into a giant bobsled run. I was only able to hold on for three or four poles before I had to bail out over the shoulder. The guys who stayed in the course were flying. Juvenile? maybe, but a lotta fun.
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