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“Rocky Mountain Sky Tram” Party at Nick’s - U.S. TV PREMIERE: National Geographic Channel Thursday, January 7 at 6pm


Posted on - 2010-01-04

(Teton Village, WY. January 4, 2010). This Thursday at 5.30pm Nick’s Wilson’s Cowboy Café in Teton Village is kicking off a celebration for the “Rocky Mountain Sky Tram” Premiere to celebrate ‘Big Red’ and the amazing legacy of the biggest ride in North America. Premiering live at 6pm Mountain Time this film was produced by Peter Pilafian and is airing on the National Geographic Channel.

In April of 2006 Jackson Hole’s famed Aerial Tram made its final winter voyage to the summit of Rendezvous Mountain. The removal and subsequent construction of a bigger, better, and faster tram is one the greatest feats of engineering in the ski world, and the subject of a National Geographic production called “Man-Made: Rocky Mountain Sky Tram.”

The show, which chronicles the amazing story of the most iconic lift in North American skiing is part of a series on the greatest engineering marvels, and the stories behind them. Peter Pilafian, producer of this National Geographic television program, as well as the original DVD version, “Cable To The Sky”, adds: “When people step into their bindings on top of Rendezvous Mountain--in my opinion the greatest ski mountain in the US, they probably are amazed at how fast and smoothly they got there. Now this new documentary will peel back the layers of a uniquely challenging construction project: building America’s tallest ski lift and keeping it safe. It is the fascinating story of a heroic team effort, bad weather, and state-of the-art engineering.”

From the National Geographic Channel: “For over 40 years the Big Red Box at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, carried skiers, hikers, paragliders, and sightseers up to the 3200 meter (10,600 ft) summit of Rendezvous Mountain. But nothing lasts forever…” Read more HERE!

*PETER PILAFIAN is a local filmmaker and cinematographer who has been working in the film industry for over 30 years. His list of credits include: “Riding Giants”, “Dogtown and Z-Boys” and “The Edge of Never.” Peter also produced “Someday Somebody will Ski That” the film about the famed Corbet’s Couloir. Peter lives and works in Wilson, WY.