December 2008 heralds the debut of a brand-new, record-breaking tram at Wyoming’s Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. The new tram boasts the largest continual vertical rise of any lift — 4,139 feet — at a U.S. ski resort, and will officially be unveiled to the public on the weekend of Dec. 19. To celebrate, the resort is hosting a number of activities and many of its properties are offering special packages and promotions for clients.
On Friday, Dec. 19, at Teton Village, the New Nick Wilson’s is hosting an après ski event with live music and drink specials on Snake River Brewery’s newest brew, Big Red Ale, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Immediately following, from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m., the new tram care will be unveiled to the public, along with a fireworks display. An after party at the Mangy Moose follows, which includes live music.
On Saturday, Dec. 20, an opening ceremony will be held at the tram dock and special guests will be invited to ride of six celebratory first cars. At 11 a.m., public access to the tram commences.
To get clients there, a number of properties are offering tram-specific packages in conjunction with the unveiling.
At Jackson Hole Resort Lodging, guests can stay for three nights in a Teton Village two-bedroom, two-bathroom condominium with two days of skiing, based on quad occupancy for $310 per person, between Dec. 19 and 22.
The Toast the Tram package at Snow King Resort includes two nights of lodging from Dec. 19-21, two days of skiing, daily breakfast, a champagne toast in The Lounge prior to the Tram Launch Party, a free shuttle to the party on Friday and the official ceremony on Saturday, a free airport and ski shuttle and a 25 percent discount on specialty cocktails at The Lounge. Package rates begin at $224 per person, based on double occupancy.Snake River Lodge & Spa’s TramTastic package includes luxury accommodations, skiing, breakfast and a complimentary 50-minute custom massage in the property’s Avanyu Spa, for rates beginning at $130 per person, per night.
Through Dec. 25, guests who book three nights at the Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole receive a complimentary fourth-night free with rates that begin at $595 per night. The resort is also hosting dining specials at The Peak Steakhouse and the Westbank Grill, as well as live music following the Tram Unveiling Party on Dec. 19 in its Lobby Lounge.
The Inn at Jackson Hole is offering a $99 rate for Dec. 19 and 20 for its standard rooms, while Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa and eco-boutique Hotel Terra are offering a special $199 rate for stays from Dec. 19-20.