Take the Aerial Tramway to see snow in Palm Springs
Snow in Palm Springs? While that may sound odd, like Polar Bears hanging loose in Hawaii, believe it or not, there is snow in Palm Springs. Well, during the winter time that is. The city is known for being one of the warmest places in the United States, which makes seeing snow in Palm Springs a surreal experience.
If you are visiting So Cal or are a So Cal resident, there is a way to see the snow without having to drive an hour up the mountain or put chains on your car. Little do many know that there is an aerial tram in Palm Springs that will take you all the way up to the San Jacinto mountains in less than 10-minutes. The tram climbs 8,500 feet and offers you 360 degree panoramic views overlooking Palm Springs and the San Jacinto Mountains. The ticket prices are fairly priced considering all the fun things you get out of it: Enjoy a 360 degree view of the city and wilderness, play in the snow, camp overnight, cross country ski or simply enjoy some warm apple cider and food inside the Lookout Lounge – there is something for everyone to enjoy. The aerial tramway is open year round, but I love heading up the mountain during winter time.
Aerial Tramway Information:
Ticket Prices: $24.95 for adults, $16.95 for children and $22.95 for seniors. You can also purchase their Ride and Dine passes: $36.00 for adults, $23.50 for children & $36.00 for seniors
Hours of Operation:
- Monday – Friday: First tram up: 10am / last tram up: 8pm
- Saturday, Sunday & Holidays: First tram up: 8am / last tram up: 8pm
- Note: The last tram down is at 9:45pm everyday. Word of Caution: do not miss the last tram down, I’ve heard people have been stuck camping overnight. Unless you plan on being on an episode of survivor, I’d keep track of time and make sure you make that last tram down.
Phone: (888) 515-TRAM (8726) Toll free in the U.S. and Canada
General Office: (760) 325-1449
Fax: (760) 969-4377
Address: One Tram Way, Palm Springs, CA. 92262
For more information, weather or to see their live tram cam, click here.
(En route from parents house in Palm Springs to the tram. See how sunny it is down below?)
(Parking is $5.00 and a free shuttle service is provided to take you from your car to the tramway)
(There are two carts that operate daily. The floor moves counter clockwise in each aerial tram, allowing each passenger the opportunity to get a 360 degree view while moving up the mountain. For more interesting facts about the Aerial Tramway, click here)
(You will notice how different the mountain looks as you move up the hill. You will cross over different distinct vegetation zones – what looks like Mexico from the bottom and Canada up top).
(Remember to hold onto a hand rail when you cross one of these white towers. There are five of them total and the tram will rock a bit)
(Once you reach the fourth tower, you will see an immaculate view of the Palm Springs area)
(Then there was snow and pine trees…)
(A Christmas welcome inside the lookout lodge up top)
(Kept warm by ordering some spiked apple cider and Irish Coffee! It was delish)
(Stopped out front to take in the view. Due to the fact that the sun wasn’t hitting this side of the mountain, we were freezing. Make sure to pack a coat and a hat/beanie of some sort)
(Back inside for more coffee and wine lol)
(The back side of the lodge was filled with snow!)
If you do plan to visit, keep in mind that the temperature at the top of the Tram can be 30 – 40 degrees cooler than the desert floor. Do check the weather before you head out and dress accordingly. Don’t forget to snap a few photos – the view from up top is one you will want to take in and record for posterity!
Happy Holiday season everyone!