December 13 Performances by Jurupa Valley High School Chamber Singers
December 14 Santa Visit from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
December 15 Breakfast with Santa
December 23-January 3 Early Opening. First tram car up at 8 a.m. daily.


The winner of today’s 34th Annual Palm Springs Aerial Tram Road Challenge was CJ Hitz of Colorado Springs, CO, who ran the “World’s Toughest 6K” in 30 minutes, 49 seconds. The first female to cross the finish line was Lynda Weyman of Calgary, Canada in 40 minutes, 50 seconds.  Sela-Mia Howard of Bedford, MA, finished first in the youngest category (6 and under) and Bill Bell, age 96, finished first in the oldest category (90-120).

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

Age Groups Name City Time
6 and under Aerial Herrera Desert Hot Springs 01:32:04
Sophie Herrera Desert Hot Springs 01:31:59
7-10 Ahris Mayorga 00:38:26
Jan Eva Crozet, France 01:00:21
11-14 Tonalli Sanchez La Quinta, CA 00:37:08
Fatima Casta Banning, CA 00:56:16
15-19 Ricardo Franco 00:36:22
Yoselin Danseco 00:48:45
20-24 John Alvarez 00:50:13
Philine Endres Palm Springs, CA 00:48:52
25-29 Jerry Sanchez La Quinta, CA 00:36:35
Raizah Saville Upland, CA 00:46:00
30-34 Robbie Jones Golden, CO 00:37:50
Veronika Gutierrez Palm Desert, CA 00:41:56
35-39 James Graff-Radford Pismo Beach, CA 00:38:16
Steph Cronshaw Joshua Tree, CA 00:42:51
40-44 Andrew Searle Rosland, Canada 00:37:22
Brit Curtis Calgary, Canada 00:46:49
45-49 Russel Mackie Sacramento, CA 00:38:10
Brigid Freyne Temecula, CA 00:41:00
50-54 Stephen Crossley Barnsley, UK 00:38:03
Nancy Hickey Los Angeles, CA 00:41:03
55-59 Bob Jones Golden, CO 00:36:38
Sheryl Whyte Indio, CA 00:44:25
60-64 Greg Parrone Agora Hills, CA 00:37:54
Carol Baker Brea, CA 00:52:23
65-69 James Maxwell San Diego, CA 00:43:43
Claudia Ferguson Cathedral City, CA 00:56:37
70-74 Brad Carrell Redmond, OR 00:47:24
Jeanne Leslie La Quinta, CA 00:56:07
75-79 Glenn Jones Indio, CA 01:07:36
Cherie Gruenfeld 00:54:44
80-84 Leonard Hernandez Banning, CA 00:58:52
Stacy Lewis Palm Springs, CA 01:18:34
85-89 Mary Hirst Palm Desert, CA 02:07:41

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.

1,201 runners and walkers participated in this year’s Tram Road Challenge.


Tram Road Challenge 2019

PALM SPRINGS, CA (October 7, 2019) The 34th annual Palm Springs Aerial Tram Road Challenge will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2019 with a start time of 7:00 a.m. (walkers start at 6:30 a.m.).This 6K run/walk begins at the bottom of Tram Way and ends at the Tram’s Valley Station, an elevation gain of 2,643 feet in just 3.7 miles.

Special finishers’ medals will be presented to all participants along with a Cool Tech race shirt. Awards will be given three deep in each age category for both male and female finishers during an awards ceremony near the finish line immediately following the race.

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.

The Tramway’s road will be closed until (approximately) 11:00 a.m. on race day. Spectator shuttles will run from 5:30-6:00 a.m. from the Palm Springs Visitors Center (all spectators and participants will be directed to nearby parking lots.)

For more information or to register for the race, please call (949) 444-2365 or visit


Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Continues Annual Tradition

Temperatures may still be on the warm side, 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 fall 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 postmarked 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!


Due to maintenance delays, the reopening date for the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway has been moved from Monday, September 30 to tentatively Monday, October 7.

According to Vice President of Tramway Systems Chris Bartsch, “During our current shutdown, a measurement device called the load cell was changed-out. After a site visit by the manufacturer of the Tram’s control system, it was determined that the new part was faulty and must be replaced before operation of the Tram resumes. Due to this reinstallation and additional required testing, our reopening has been delayed by one week.”

Adds Bartsch, “Our number one priority is always guest safety. We apologize for any inconvenience this delay has caused our visitors.”

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Featured On Empire/KVCR PBS Program

“Uncovered in the Archives” Set to Air September 29, October 4 and October 9

Historical records of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway will soon be revealed in an episode of the popular Empire/KVCR PBS series “Uncovered In the Archives.” Series host Brad Pomerance travels to Palm Springs to sift through the Tramway’s archives to learn how this world-renowned Southern California attraction came to be. The 30-minute episode is set to premier on September 29, 2019 at 9:30 p.m. with two subsequent air dates of October 4 and October 9.

According to Pomerance, “The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway holds so much history in Palm Springs that to have access to the archives of this iconic attraction was truly a treat for me.”

“Uncovered in the Archives” travels throughout Greater Inland California to reveal some of the region’s most extraordinary historical events and places—known and unknown, remembered and forgotten—all told through the hidden treasures that are discovered in the destinations visited.

The series is produced for Empire KVCR/PBS by Big Mist Productions and the Endeavor Production Company, with C.J. Eastman serving as executive producer and Glenn Grant as creative director.