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January 16-18

Extended Hours MLK Weekend

February 13-15

Valentine's/Presidents' Day Weekend









SPECIAL TRAM HOURS FOR HOLIDAY WEEKEND

Activities Abound for Valentine's and Presidents' Day Weekend Visitors

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway will observe holiday hours during the Valentine's/Presidents' Day Weekend February 13-15, 2016 with the first Tram car up each day at 8:00 a.m., the last Tram car up at 8:00 p.m. and the last Tram car down at 9:45 p.m. Tram cars depart at least every 30 minutes.

Enjoy a romantic day or evening above the desert floor exploring the pristine wilderness of the 14,000 acre Mt. San Jacinto State Park, be awed by spectacular Coachella Valley vistas from the Mountain Station, or dine in Peaks Restaurant, Pines Café or the Lookout Lounge.

On February 12, 13 and 14, Peak's Restaurant offers-in addition to its regular menu-a special 3-course prix fixe "Valentine's Dining" menu for $59.95. On those days, this is served 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tax, gratuity and tram admission are not included, and reservations are recommended.

Tram admission is $24.95 for adults and $16.95 for children ages 3-12 years. Special discounts and packages are available after 4:00 p.m.- Twilight Tickets are $21.95 for adults and seniors, and $13.95 for children ages 3-12. Ride 'n' Dine tickets are $36 for adults and seniors, and $23.50 for children ages 3-12. This combination ticket includes Tram admission and dinner at Pines Café.






SANTA ARRIVES DECEMBER 12
AT PALM SPRINGS AERIAL TRAMWAY

Special Tram Hours and Dining Throughout Holiday Season


PALM SPRINGS, CA (December 8, 2015) Santa visits the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway on Saturday, December 12 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Free candy canes and photo opportunities for the kids will bring another dose of Yuletide merriment to all who visit the Tramway’s Mountain Station.

The Tramway operates a special schedule from December 19, 2015 through January 3, 2016. 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.

On December 25, 2015 and January 1, 2016, 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 spinach salad with a choice of dressings; a choice of carved turkey, honey glazed ham or vegetable lasagna; and citrus cranberry sauce, garlic mashed potatoes, home-style stuffing and candied carrots. 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 11:00 a.m. on December 25, 2015 and January 1, 2016. Reservations are recommended and may be made by either calling 760-325-4537 or via Open Table

Finally, continuing the Tram’s holiday musical program, the following choirs perform at 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. in the Pines Café:


Friday, December 11 – Encore High School for the Arts Choir

Saturday, December 12 - Martin Luther King High School Chamber Singers & Show Choir

Sunday, December 13 – Raincross Chorale

Friday, December 18 – Cathedral City High School Choir






THANKSGIVING WEEKEND
AT THE PALM SPRINGS AERIAL TRAMWAY

PALM SPRINGS, CA (November 5, 2015) The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway will operate a special schedule during the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend, Thursday, November 26 through Sunday, November 29. 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 26, 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 seniors, and $23.50 children (ages 3-12). The holiday menu includes a mixed greens salad with a choice of dressings; a choice of oven-roasted turkey, garlic herb-crusted N.Y. Strip or vegetarian lasagna; citrus cranberry sauce, garlic mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, candied carrots and Green Bean Almondine; and old-fashioned 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 11:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Reservations are recommended and may be made by either calling 760-325-4537 or via Open Table.

This Thanksgiving, take a ride on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, stroll the majestic forests of Mt. San Jacinto State Park, and then dine while enjoying the most spectacular views in the entire Coachella Valley.






LUCIE ARNAZ AND LAURENCE LUCKINBILL
LIGHT TRAMWAY’S 2015 CHRISTMAS TREE

Celebrity Couple Pulls Switch December 6

PALM SPRINGS, CA (November 13, 2015) Award-winning actors, writers and producers Lucie Arnaz and Laurence Luckinbill serve as this year’s celebrity tree lighters for the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 6 at the Tram’s Mountain Station kicking off with a holiday performance by the Palm Springs High School Madrigal singers. Then, husband-and-wife Arnaz and Luckinbill light the Tram’s landmark 45-foot tree comprised of 4,000 LED lights, which can be seen throughout the Coachella Valley.

As the star of such Broadway hits as They’re Playing Our Song, Lost in Yonkers and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels; in first national companies of Seesaw, My One And Only and Pippin; on the big screen in The Jazz Singer, Down To You and Second Thought; and on television in The Lucie Arnaz Show, Sons and Daughters and Here’s Lucy—Lucie Arnaz has a career crossing all show business genres. In addition, she has recorded two albums, Just In Time and Latin Roots, as well as executive producing television’s Lucy & Desi: A Home Movie and the I Love Lucy 50th Anniversary Special.

Emmy, Critics Choice Circle and Silver Gavel Award recipient, as well as Tony and Drama Desk Award nominee, Laurence Luckinbill, is a familiar face on both stage and screen. From starring roles in such films as Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and The Boys In the Band, to Broadway roles in Cabaret, Shadow Box and A Man For All Seasons, he has also written and acted in his own award-winning solo performances portraying four great Americans—Lyndon Johnson, Clarence Darrow, Teddy Roosevelt and Ernest Hemingway—for almost two decades. Off Broadway and national tour credits include The Fantastiks, They’re Playing Our Song, I Do, I Do! and Whose Life Is It Anyway?

Having lived and worked coast-to-coast, Arnaz and Luckinbill have now made Palm Springs their home, where her family’s roots go back a generation.

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

• Friday, December 4 – Jurupa Valley High School Chamber Singers

• Saturday December 5 – Rubidoux High School Choir

• Friday, December 11 – Encore High School for the Arts Choir

• Saturday, December 12 - Martin Luther King High School Chamber Singers & Show Choir

• Sunday, December 13 – Raincross Chorale

• Friday, December 18 – Cathedral City High School Choir

And then Santa visits the Mountain Station on Saturday, December 12 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Bring the kids for photo opportunities and free candy canes.







RESULTS OF THE 30th ANNUAL TRAM ROAD CHALLENGE

The winner of today’s 30th Annual Palm Springs Aerial Tram Road Challenge was Mario Macias, who ran the “World’s Toughest 6K” in 27 minutes, 19 seconds. The first female to cross the finish line was 37-year-old Mary Colburn from Redondo Beach, California in 33 minutes, 22 seconds.

Special anniversary finishers’ medals will be presented to all participants along with a Cool Tech race shirt and full breakfast. Awards will be given three deep in each age category for both male and female finishers during a ceremony at Desert Regional Medical Center immediately following the race.

“The 30th anniversary of this event has been very special to us,” says Tramway Vice President of Marketing Nancy Nichols. “When Palm Springs residents John Emig and Gene Rotstein first brought the idea for a road race to us, no one could have imagined its growth over these past several decades. With several thousand participants and spectators now in attendance, the Tram Road Challenge has definitely become a signature event for Palm Springs and the entire Coachella Valley.”

Please see attachment for this year’s Male and Female Challenge Division Winners.

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 delighted the Tram Road Challenge benefits United Way of the Desert and wish to thank this event’s many sponsors. We hope that everyone will join us again next year as the Tram Road Challenge begins its fourth decade.”






PALM SPRINGS AERIAL TRAM ROAD CHALLENGE OCT. 24

Annual Event Celebrates 30th Anniversary

The 30th annual Palm Springs Aerial Tram Road Challenge will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2015 with a start time of 7:00 a.m. This 6K run/walk begins at the bottom of Tram Way and ends at the Tram’s Valley Station, an elevation gain of 2,643 feet in just 3.7 miles.

Special anniversary finishers’ medals will be presented to all participants along with a Cool Tech race shirt and full breakfast. Awards will be given three deep in each age category for both male and female finishers during a ceremony at Desert Regional Medical Center immediately following the race.

As part of the Desert Sun/USA Today “Make A Difference Day,” proceeds from this event benefit United Way of the Desert.

In 1983, Palm Springs High School Coach Gene Rothstein along with Desert Sun Managing Editor John Emig decided to organize a race to raise money for the school’s soccer team. “A group of teachers ran the road every week,” recalls Rothstein, “so we decided to organize it as a formal event. We made a proposal to the Tram’s then Director or Public Relations and Sales, Linda Vivian, and thus began a wonderful partnership with the Tramway.” Expressing surprise at how large the event has become, Emig adds, “I’m just happy people still enjoy running that road, as I did for so many years.”

The Tramway’s road will be closed until 9:15 a.m. on race day.

For more information or to register for the race, please call (760) 324-7069






ANNUAL SNOW GUESSING CONTEST BEGINS OCTOBER 1

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Commences Annual Tradition

It may still feel like summer, but October 1 marks the start of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway’s Snow Guessing Contest. This annual event continues 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 pstramway.com

California may still be in a drought, but it won’t be long before snowflakes are falling just a few minutes from the desert floor. There’s never been a year when someone didn’t win the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway’s Snow Guessing Contest.



Snow Guessing Contest Rules - Download .PDF






PALM SPRINGS AERIAL TRAMWAY
CLOSING FOR ANNUAL MAINTENANCE

September 13 Last Day to Ride Until September 26

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway will close for annual maintenance beginning Monday, September 14, 2015 with a tentative reopening date of Saturday, September 26 at 8:00 a.m.

“This year’s shutdown will provide an opportunity to rebuild the main gearbox, change two large counterweight sheave bearings at the Mountain Station, shorten the upper haul rope, and construct a new Valley Station domestic water storage tank,” says Tramway Vice President of Maintenance Nick Clesceri. “These major projects are in addition to our regular tramway maintenance tasks that are completed during our annual shutdown period.” 

According to Nancy Nichols, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, “The Tramway runs seven-days-a-week, year-round, so—while we regret the inconvenience our annual closure causes—this time ensures that we are able to operate smoothly the other 353 days of the year.”






PALM SPRINGS AERIAL TRAMWAY
OBSERVES HOLIDAY HOURS ON LABOR DAY

Holiday Marks End of Summer Schedule

PALM SPRINGS, CA (August 13, 2015) The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway will operate extended holiday hours on Monday, September 7, 2015 in observance of Labor Day. That day, the first Tram up will be at 8:00 a.m., the last Tram up will be 8:00 p.m. and last Tram down will be at 9:45 p.m. Trams depart at least every 30 minutes on the hour and half-hour.

The Tramway’s new “Early Friday” program ends September 4 and the regular Friday schedule resumes September 11 with the first Tram up at 10:00 a.m.

Also, September 5 is the end of the Tramway’s “Summer Hours” on Friday’s and Saturdays. Beginning Friday, September 11, the Tramway’s last car up daily will again be 8:00 p.m. and the last car down will be 9:45 p.m.

Finally, the Tramway’s popular Summer Pass ends August 31, but the Annual Pass is now available for purchase either online or at the Tram’s Valley Station. The price is $160 for adults and $90 for children and includes 365 days of fun!






PALM SPRINGS AERIAL TRAMWAY
LAUNCHES “EARLY FRIDAYS”

Tramway Opens 8:00 a.m. Fridays July 3 through September 4

PALM SPRINGS, CA (June 30, 2015) The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is happy to announce “Early Fridays” beginning July 3 and running through September 4. For those ten Fridays, the Tram will open two hours early at 8:00 a.m.

According to Tramway Vice President of Sales & Marketing Nancy Nichols, “We already stay open later on Friday and Saturday as part of our summer hour’s program, but many of our visitors, especially our local residents, have asked about getting an early start on Fridays as well, so we are pleased to announce this change.”

Escaping the desert heat is easier than ever with “Early Fridays,” but only through September 4.






BEAT THE HEAT
WITH TRAMWAY SUMMER PASS

Popular Program Runs May 1 through August 31, 2015

Desert residents know that the Coachella Valley’s coolest spot during hot summer months is the alpine forest atop the San Jacinto Mountains. Beginning May 1, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway’s Summer Pass makes “beating the heat” easy—and affordable—when passes go on sale.

Valid through August 31, the Summer Pass includes unlimited Tram admissions for the pass-holder, 10% discount on additional Tram admissions, 10% discount at Peaks Restaurant or Pines Café, and unlimited free parking. Cost of the Summer Pass is $75 for adults and seniors (62+), and $40 for children ages 3-12, and may be purchased at the Tram’s Valley Station or online at www.coolsummerpass.com.

Summer Pass holders also enjoy over 50 miles of hiking trails, picnic areas and multiple campgrounds all within the 14,000-acre pristine forest of the Mount San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness Area.

The Tram’s Mountain Station offers spectacular view points, two restaurants, cocktail lounge, gift shop, natural history museum 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 is 10:00 a.m. and the first Tram up Saturday and Sunday is 8:00 a.m. The last Tram up daily is 8:00 p.m. and the last Tram down, 9:45 p.m.







EVENTS/NEWS

CONTACT US

For further information, please call Public Relations at
(760) 325-1449 or e-mail pstramway@pstramway.com.

HOLIDAYS

The first Tram up is at 8am on the following holidays:

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Day Weekend

President’s Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend

Independence Day

Labor Day Weekend

Thanksgiving Day Weekend

Christmas Week

New Year's Day