Tram tales |

Tram tales

The Jackson Hole tram stirs plenty of memories. (Catherine Lutz/The Aspen Times)

“Sentimental? I’m getting there. It’s pretty peaceful up there, and I ski every day for the first couple runs of the day. I’m thinking of getting a sailboat and living on that in the Caribbean.”- Chris Onufer, tram mechanic (one of four men who rides on top of the tram once a day to monitor its functions)”I’ve had the best, powder-filled runs, where everybody’s face is white, to the gnarliest runs you can barely negotiate.”- Tommy Moe, Jackson resident and Olympic medalist .”In ’96 we had to dig a tunnel for the tram; there was so much snow the car was dragging as it went in. Volunteers rode the tram to the upper cliffs and dug out a trench, 100 yards before the dock, using every shovel in the village. The main blaster set 900 pounds worth of explosives, hanging over the snow putting the charges in line. It took all day, and at 5 p.m. came the blast.”- Theo Meiners, 28-year local guide”In the winter of 1997, I was in the tram line at 7:30 a.m. and saw 15 pairs of skis covered in snow. A guy comes into the line and throws all the skis over the rail [a custom if one leaves skis as place-holders]. I was afraid they were going to blame me. The people came back, looked up, and I just pointed at the guy.”- Jim Bonomi, Boston water engineer and Jackson skier”With 62 people really packed in, when one guy got sick, you would not believe how much room there is in there.”- Christian Raaum, lifetime Jackson Hole pass holder

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