Want to build a snowman in the morning and stroll along shops in shorts in the afternoon? Visit The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway during the winter time. The 6000 feet elevation gain will make you feel in a freezer on top at the mountain but warm down below at the base. To visit the tramway during the winter time make sure to bring warm snow coat as there could be few feet of snow on top. At the same time wear short sleeves inside as downtown Palm Spring is still in 70 to 80 degrees.
The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway which began in September, 1963 connects two stations from Valley Station at the based of the mountain at 2,643 feet to Mountain Station near the top at 8,516ft. Taking the Tram during the winter time and you will be sunbathing at the base but snowballing on top.
The tram itself rotates 360 degree so passengers get to see different views - from the rocky mountain cliff to birds eye view of the city down below. At the top are hiking trails of the Mt. San Jacinto State Wilderness, gift shop, cocktail bar and two restaurants.
Peaks Restaurant offers fine contemporary California cuisine while The Pines Café, a cafeteria-style restaurant, offers a variety of menu selections.
Minimum Time Needed
Cars depart at least every half hour Monday – Friday first Tram up 10am,
Saturday, Sunday and holidays first Tram up 8am.
Sunday – Thursday last Tram up 8pm and last Tram down 9:45pm.
Friday and Saturday last Tram up 9pm and last Tram down at 10:30pm