I disagree that Trams can run during significantly higher winds than other types of lifts. Large tram cars have much more surface area to catch the wind, and therefore are easier to get really swinging when the gusts are high. Yes, they have ballasts in them to help counter this, but it still happens. The Tram at Jay is often the FIRST lift to go on wind hold. The reason why is that once it starts swinging it can be difficult to get it to stop, and if it swings enough that it hits the towers when it passes them, it can be BAD.
As for the question of longer lines, I will gladly wait in a longer line to ski better snow any day. At Jay specifically the tram line CAN take a long time, but it usually doesn't. (read DON"T ride the tram on busy Saturday mornings or during Christmas or Presidents week) The terrain that can ONLY be accessed by the tram is some of the most difficult on the mountain, so the stuff that most people want to ski can be accessed by the other lifts. Therefore most skiers ride the other lifts. Those who do ride the tram are willing to wait for it, those who don't miss out. If the line is too long than spin a couple laps on the flyer and wait for it to get shorter, or, if the snow up there is just too good to miss, maybe take a lesson (call it a powder clinic if you must). You can cut the tram line all day... go in the back entrance right to the deck and hop right on the next car that shows up.