Snowbird tram glides above the Utah resort. (Snowbird/Facebook)
At U.S. ski and snowboard resorts, nearly a dozen aerial tramways keep running during the summer, ascending to high-mountain perches where the views are unparalleled.
SnoCountry.com took a look at the trams that deliver sightseers, hikers and bikers to summits around the nation, and here’s a sampling:
Snowbird. Ten-minute ride drops off at 11,000 summit of Hidden Peak, where a new restaurant awaits with vistas of Wasatch Range, and Salt Lake Basin down below. Ticket works for both tram and Peruvian Chair, with a short hike between them.
Jackson Hole. Tramway rises more than 4,100 feet in 12 minutes to 10,450-foot Rendezvous Mountain. From there, the view of the Grand Tetons is unmatched, hiking trails wind around summit, and last ride at 6:30 p.m. unveils Wyoming sunset.
Jay Peak. The only tramway in Vermont takes vista-seekers to 2,100-foot summit of Jay Peak, where the Green Mountains lay out all around – and Canada can be seen in distance. Sunset ride on Fridays loads about 30 minutes before sundown.
Squaw Valley. California’s only mountain tram ride lifts 2,000 vertical feet out of town past granite cliffs and waterfalls to mid-mountain High Camp at 8,200 feet elevation. A multitude of activities, alpine hiking or just plain gawkin’ at Lake Tahoe and surrounding area await.
Aleyska. The seven-minute ride begins the Alaska resorts main hotel and rises to 2,334-foot summit terminal. Views include seven “hanging” glaciers and the rugged mountains of the Chusgah Range. Berries can be picked, and bears and moose are common sights.
Cannon Mountain. The first passenger tram in America – and only in New Hampshire -- still delivers sightseers to 4,180-foot summit. From there, terrain in four states and Canada can be seen on a clear day. Summit observation tower lengthens the view farther.
Sandia Peak. The tramway ride begins at base of Sandia Mountain near Albuquerque, N.M., and tops out at 10,378 feet. Plentiful hiking and biking around the summit, plus views of Rio Grande Valley and the city below. The trails of Sandia Peak Ski Area run out on the east side.