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January 14-16 Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Hours – Open 8am
February 14 Valentine’s Day enjoy a romantic dinner in Peaks.
February 18-20 President’s Day Holiday Hours – Open 8am
April 16 Easter Sunday Service – Open 5am (tentative)
May 27-29 Memorial Day Holiday Hours – Open 8am

ENCORE APPEARANCE BY SANTA DECEMBER 17 AT TRAMWAY

Special Tram Hours and Dining Throughout Holiday Season

Santa returns to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway on Saturday, December 17 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 17, 2016 through January 1, 2017. 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, 2016 and January 1, 2017, 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).

Peaks Restaurant will begin serving their regular menu along with traditional holiday favorites at 11:00 a.m. on December 25, 2016 and January 1, 2017. 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. on the Pines Café Stage:

•       Friday, December 9 – Encore High School for the Arts Madrigals
•       Saturday, December 10 – Martin Luther King High School Chamber Singers
•       Sunday, December 11 – Raincross Master Chorale
•       Friday, December 16 – The Lions’ Pride Chamber Singers

SANTA LIGHTS PALM SPRINGS AERIAL TRAMWAY’S HOLIDAY TREE ON DECEMBER 4

This year, Santa serves as the official tree lighter for the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 4 at the Tram’s Mountain Station beginning with a holiday performance by the Palm Springs High School Madrigal singers. Then Santa lights the Tramway’s landmark 45-foot tree comprised of 4,000 LED lights, which can be seen throughout the Coachella Valley.

According to Tramway General Manager Rob W. Parkins, “This year, we decided to make our tree lighting ceremony—even more than in past years—a true family event, hence the early appearance by Santa!”

Following the lighting ceremony, Santa will be in Pines Café for photo opportunities with the kids and to distribute candy canes. Then the Palm Springs High School Madrigal Singers return for an encore performance on the Pines Café Stage.

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

•       Friday, December 2 – Jurupa Valley High School Chamber Singers
•       Saturday December 3 – Desert Ridge Middle School Choir
•       Friday, December 9 – Encore High School for the Arts Madrigals
•       Saturday, December 10 – Martin Luther King High School Chamber Singers
•       Sunday, December 11 – Raincross Master Chorale
•       Friday, December 16 – The Lions’ Pride Chamber Singers

Finally, on Saturday, December 17, Santa returns to the Mountain Station from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for more photo opportunities with the kids and free candy canes.

TRAMWAY’S SNOW GUESSING CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway’s Annual Snow Guessing Contest officially ended on Monday, November 21 with one-and-a-half inches of measurable snow at the Tramway’s Mountain Station.

The first ten contestants who submitted the correct date are:

  1. Richard Namey of Desert Hot Springs
  2. Brenda Siddon of Desert Hot Springs
  3. Diane Lakata of Palm Desert
  4. Joyce Mochizuki of Indio
  5. Carey Kirner of San Diego
  6. Michael & Renee Southard of Indio
  7. Nancy Dunn of La Quinta
  8. Andy Green of Redlands
  9. Hoang Nguyen of Menifee
  10. Cleone Knopfle of Palm Springs

The winners will receive four Tram admissions plus a special gift. The contest began October 1 and 863 entries were received, more than double last year’s total.

THANKSGIVING WEEKEND AT THE PALM SPRINGS AERIAL TRAMWAY

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway will operate a special schedule during the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend, Thursday, November 24 through Sunday, November 27. 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 24, 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, slow-roasted prime rib 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 calling 760-325-4537.

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.

RESULTS OF THE 31st ANNUAL TRAM ROAD CHALLENGE

The winner of today’s 31st Annual Palm Springs Aerial Tram Road Challenge was David Luna who ran the “World’s Toughest 6K” in 29 minutes, 58 seconds. The first female to cross the finish line was Zoe Meyers from Palm Springs, CA in 38 minutes, 49 seconds.  Shirley Hayes, age 6, finished first in the youngest category (6 and under) and Robert Klinck, age 85, finished first in the oldest category (85-89).

“We are proud to have hosted this event for 31 years,” says Tramway General Manager Rob W. Parkins. “With several thousand participants and spectators, the Tram Road Challenge has definitely become a signature event for Palm Springs and our entire Coachella Valley.”

This year’s Female and Male Challenge Division Winners are:

Age Groups Name City Time
6 and under Shirley Hayes La Quinta 01:09:18
  Austin Redwine Beaumont 01:20:52
7-10 Madalyn Adams Palm Springs 00:56:28
  Kai Macro La Quinta 00:40:18
11-14 Madelyn Stone Temecula 00:57:54
  Michael Jahnig La Quinta 00:45:24
15-19 Silvana Gonzalez 00:54:51
  Kiviok Hight Cathedral City 00:35:30
20-24 Cara Bonafede Bermuda Dunes 00:49:28
  Leo Issac Mejia Cathedral City 00:37:38
25-29 Alex Carrera-Montgomery 00:42:11
  James Eunson Melbourne (AU) 00:42:45
30-34 Nina Ruedas Palm Springs 00:49:37
  Ben Bear 00:37:43
35-39 Shaela Luter-Plunkett La Quinta 00:40:56
  Steve McGrath Palm Desert 00:37:44
40-44 Wendy Ansley Palm Desert 00:42:29
  Daniel Davis 00:36:57
45-49 Kristen Trubee Palm Desert 00:42:15
  Marc Tiritilli La Crescenta 00:36:27
50-54 Sheri Wysocki Joshua Tree 00:47:02
  Anthony Tanner Rancho Cucamonga 00:33:59
55-59 Sheryl Whyte Cochrane 00:44:26
  Mark Barnett Indio 00:37:23
60-64 Carol Baker Brea 00:52:05
  Greg O’Donnell El Centro 00:37:11
65-69 Paula Goldfarb Rancho Mirage 00:51:54
  Keith Culver Palm Springs 00:45:46
70-74 Hulda Somers Twenty-Nine Palms 00:59:23
  Gary Rust Desert Hot Springs 00:44:22
75-79 Staczy Lewis Palm Springs 01:13:32
  Robert Lizakowski Indio 00:59:12
80-84 Anthony Bob Silva Palm Desert 00:49:49
85-89 Robert Klinck Palm Springs 01:23:00

 

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.

Parkins adds, “We are delighted the Tram Road Challenge benefits United Way of the Desert and wish to thank the event’s many sponsors. We hope that everyone will join us again next year for our 32nd edition.”