Events 2017-10-15T20:51:08+00:00


October 1
Snow Guessing Contest Begins
October 14 NHA Nature Series – “The Hubbub About Hubble”
October 21 NHA Nature Series – “The Geologic Story of the San Jacinto Mountains”
October 28
Tramway Road Challenge
October 29 NHA Nature Series – “Birds of Another Feather”
November 4 NHA Nature Series – “The Ten Essentials for Winter”
November 18 NHA Nature Series – “Round Valley Discovery”


32nd Annual Event Supports United Way of the Desert

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway General Manager Nancy Nichols is pleased to announce the promotion of Greg Purdy to the position of Vice President of Marketing & Public Affairs.

“Serving as Tramway public affairs manager for the past three years, his understanding of our particular marketing operation and his extensive background in the tourism industry made Greg the logical choice for the VP position,” says Nichols.

Purdy previously worked for fourteen years as senior communications manager for the Fabulous Palm Springs Follies, following a multi-decade career in hotel sales and general management.

“I consider myself fortunate to work for an organization that is not only highly respected, but also has a wonderful internal culture,” says Purdy. “The dedication by the Tram’s senior management, staff and board of directors during the past 54 years has made the Tram a true signature attraction for Southern California, enjoyed by visitors and residents alike. I am quite honored to be a part of that tradition.”

In this position, Purdy will oversee advertising, digital marketing, group sales, special events, promotions, ticketing and public affairs, as well as serving as clerk for the Mt. San Jacinto Winter Park Authority, the Tram’s governing body.

Adds Purdy, “As a kid, I remember telling my parents that I really wanted to ride the Palm Springs Tram, so my mother and I took the bus one day from Long Beach, California to do just that. Who knew that I would one day be a part of this great organization!”


Mt. San Jacinto State Park & Wilderness and Mt. San Jacinto Natural History Association Announce Fall Programs

October 14 kicks off the fall series of the Mt. San Jacinto Natural History Association (NHA) in partnership with the Mt. San Jacinto State Park & Wilderness.

According to NHA President Joe Migliore, “Our first series last summer was so successful, it reinforced our belief that people really do want these types of nature experiences.”

The fall series features five unique and informative programs:

  • Saturday, October 14“The Hubbub About Hubble,” presented by Allison Barnes, State Park Interpreter.
  • Saturday, October 21“The Geologic Story of the San Jacinto Mountains,” presented by Allison Barnes, State Park Interpreter.
  • Sunday, October 29 “Birds of Another Feather,” with Kurt Leuschner, Ornithologist and Professor of Natural Resources at College of the Desert.
  • Saturday, November 4“The Ten Essentials for Winter,” with Carl Maple, Senior Wilderness Patroller and members of the Hasty Search & Rescue Team.
  • Saturday, November 18“Round Valley Discovery,” with Allison Barnes, State Park Interpreter and Carl Maple, Senior Wilderness Patroller.

There is no charge for any of these programs, except for regular Tramway admission.

For more information about the NHA fall programs or to register, please visit

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Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Commences Annual Tradition

It may still feel like summer, but October 1st 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 feet.

The first ten entries received with the correct date of snowfall will win four Tram admissions plus a special Tram gift memento. 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 and contest rules, please visit

It won’t be long before snowflakes are falling just a few minutes from the desert floor. And there’s never been a year when someone didn’t win the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway’s Snow Guessing Contest!


Tramway Revised Reopening Date

Due to maintenance delays, the reopening date for the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway has been moved from Saturday, September 30 to Monday, October 2.

According to Vice President of Maintenance Nick Clesceri, “Testing of our new track counterweight ropes has taken longer than expected and there were weather-related delays in flying our helicopter for power line repairs, so—regrettably—our reopening has been delayed by two days.”

The first tram on Monday, October 2 will be at 10:00 a.m., with the ticket booths opening at 9:30 a.m.


September 10 Last Day to Ride Until September 30

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway will close for annual maintenance beginning Monday, September 11, 2017 with a tentative reopening date of Saturday, September 30 at 8:00 a.m.

“This year’s shut-down will provide an opportunity to replace bearings and cables, along with comprehensive mechanical and electrical testing on numerous tramway systems. Also, we will be performing repairs to the Mountain Station power line,” says Tramway Vice President of Maintenance Nicholas Clesceri. “This year’s scheduled projects are in addition to our regular tramway maintenance tasks that are completed during our annual shutdown period.”

Adds Tramway General Manager Nancy Nichols, “The tramway runs seven-days-a-week, year-round, so—while we regret the inconvenience our annual closure causes—this time allows us to complete projects we cannot do when we are open to the public.”