The Press Room offers material for print and Internet publications. Copy on various Tram topics is available below, and may be downloaded as a PDF file.


PALM SPRINGS, CA (November 21, 2014)

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway’s Annual Snow Guessing Contest officially ended on Friday, November 21 with two inches of measurable snow at the Tramway’s Mountain Station.

The first ten contestants who submitted the correct date are:

1. Phil Merriam of Highland
2. Gene Marchu of Indio
3. Dan Byrne of Los Angeles
4. Marvelle Bratton of Indio
5. K. Ellis of Palm Desert
6. Bob Ski of Palm Springs
7. Elaine Kontra of La Quinta
8. Karsten Polk of Highland
9. A. Shutak of Palm Springs
10. Michael Aiello of Victorville

The winners will receive four Tram admissions plus a special tram picture frame. The contest began October 1 and 554 entries were received.

The Tramway currently has approximately 1-2 inches of snow at the Mountain Station.

Press Release - Download .PDF


Double Grammy Winner Pulls Switch December 7

PALM SPRINGS, CA (November 20, 2014)

Recording star Jack Jones serves as this year’s celebrity tree lighter for the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 7 at the Tram’s Mountain Station kicking off with a holiday performance by the Palm Springs High School Madrigal Singers. Then, double Grammy winner Jones lights the Tram’s landmark 45 foot tree comprised of 6,500 LED lights, which can be seen from throughout the Coachella Valley.

Jack Jones—the son of singer/movie star Allan Jones—made his professional debut at age 19 as part of his father’s Las Vegas act. Within a few short years, his own career was flourishing including earning two “Best Pop Male Vocal Performance” Grammy Awards for his hit singles “Lollipops and Roses” and “Wives and Lovers.” He continues touring the world as a performer the New York Times once raved as, “…arguably the most technically accomplished male pop singer…”

On other selected dates in December, choirs perform at 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the Mountain Station:

  • Friday, December 5 – Jurupa Valley High School Choir
  • Saturday December 6 – Rubidoux High School Choir
  • Sunday, December 14 – Martin Luther King High School Chamber Singers & Show Choir
  • Friday, December 19 – Cathedral City High School Choir
  • Saturday, December 20 – Raincross Chorale

Finally, Santa visits the Mountain Station on Saturday, December 20 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Bring the kids for photo opportunities and free candy canes.


Press Release - Download .PDF


PALM SPRINGS, CA (November 4, 2014) The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway will operate a special schedule during the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend, Thursday, November 27 through Sunday, November 30. The first tram up each day will be at 8:00 a.m., the last tram up will be at 8:00 p.m. and the last tram down will be at 9:45 p.m.

In addition, on Thanksgiving Day, November 27, Ride ’n’ Dine tickets—which include Tram admission and dinner at Pines Café (a cafeteria-style restaurant)— will be available for purchase beginning at 8:00 a.m. (rather than the usual 4:00 p.m.) Dinner service begins at 11:00 a.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m. Combination tickets are $36 for adults and $23.50 children (ages 3-12). The holiday menu includes a mixed greens salad with a choice of dressings; a choice of carved turkey, garlic-and-herb-crusted roast sirloin or vegetable lasagna; citrus cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, cornbread dressing, and candied carrots or Green Bean Almondine; and carrot cake or pumpkin pie. Dinner roll along with a small fountain beverage, coffee or tea are included.

Peaks Restaurant will begin serving their regular menu along with traditional holiday favorites at 11:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Reservations are recommended and may be made by either calling 760-325-4537 or via Open Table.

Press Release - Download .PDF


PALM SPRINGS, CA (October 25, 2014) The winner of today’s 29th Annual Tram Road Challenge was Patrick Parsel of South Lake Tahoe, who ran the “World’s Toughest 6K” in 29 minutes, 13 seconds. The first female to cross the finish line was ten-year-old Emmi Von Scherr of La Quinta in 35 minutes, 57 seconds. “We are proud to have initiated and promoted this event for 29 years,” says Tram Vice President of Marketing Nancy Nichols. “With several thousand participants and spectators now in attendance, the Tram Road Challenge has definitely become a signature event for Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley. There is nowhere else but at the Tramway where such a unique combination of scenic beauty, superb facilities and athletic challenge is similarly available.”

The first Tram Road Challenge was held in 1983, and was won by Rob Slick in 27 minutes, 35 seconds and Nancy Baird in 35 minutes, 25 seconds. The fastest men’s time was set by Rubin Garcia of Mexico – 26 minutes, 5 seconds – in 1987. Lubov Kremleva of Russia set the fastest women’s time – 28 minutes, 56 seconds in 1998.

Nichols adds, “We are very happy that Tram Road Challenge benefits the United Way of the Desert and hope that everyone will join us for our event’s 30th anniversary in 2015.

Download the Male and Female Challenge Division Winners.


Postcard Entries Accepted Beginning October 1

PALM SPRINGS, CA, September 25, 2014 California may be in the midst of an historic drought, but there’s never been a year when someone didn’t win the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway’s Snow Guessing Contest. This annual event begins October 1 and will continue until the first measurable inch of snow falls at the Tram’s Mountain Station, elevation 8,516.

The first ten entries received with the correct date of snowfall will win four Tram admissions plus a special Tram picture frame. In the event there are more than ten correct entries, the earliest postmarks will prevail.

To submit an entry, simply write down your best-guess date on a postcard and mail it to: Snow Guessing Contest, 1 Tram Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262. Please remember that only postcards will be accepted (no emailed entries) and no postmarks before October 1. Participants may enter as many times as they would like, but only one date per postcard. For more information, please log on to

Summer may still linger, but it won’t be long before snowflakes are falling just a few minutes from the desert floor, with kids building snowmen, hikers trading boots for cross-country skis, and residents and visitors alike enjoying an Alpine winter wonderland.


About Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is the world’s largest rotating tram car. Opened in 1963, the Tram’s 80-passenger cars travel along the breathtaking cliffs of Chino Canyon from the Valley Station (elevation 2,643 ft.) to the Mountain Station (elevation 8,516 ft.) in approximately 10 minutes. For more information, please call 888.515.TRAM or 760.325.1391

Press Release - Download .PDF


PALM SPRINGS, CA – April 28, 2014 – Back by popular demand the Tramway’s Summer Pass will be available beginning May 1st. The Summer Pass is valid May 1st through August 31st, 2014 and includes unlimited Tram rides, 10% discount on additional Tram admission tickets, 10% discount at Peaks Restaurant or Pines Café and unlimited free parking. Cost of the Summer Pass is $70 for adults and seniors and $35 for children ages 3-12. Passes can be purchased at the Valley Station or online at

Dine at one of two restaurants – Peaks Restaurant offers a varied California Cuisine menu for lunch and dinner with spectacular views of the Valley, while Pines Café offers an affordable casual alternative.

Summer Pass holders can enjoy the beautiful hiking trails, camping and picnicking areas that are available within the 14,000-acre pristine forest of the Mount San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness Area.

The Mountain Station offers view points, cocktail lounge, gift shop, Natural Exhibit Area and two documentary-style movies about the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and the Mount San Jacinto State Park.

The first Tram up Monday through Friday 10 am, first Tram up Saturday and Sunday 8 am, last Tram up 8 pm and last Tram down 9:45 pm. For more information please call 888.515.TRAM or 760.325.1391

Press Release - Download .PDF



For additional information, high res. images or b-roll, please call Public Relations at (760) 325-1449 or e-mail Greg Purdy


Cars depart at least every half hour.

Monday - Friday first Tram up 10am
Saturday, Sunday and holidays first Tram up 8am
Last Tram up 8pm and last Tram down 9:45pm

*Prices and Hours Of Operation Are Subject
To Change Without Notice