I’ve been riding the tram since I was a kid. Back when you used to have to get a separate ticket to go up the big red box. I remember going up with my local ski group. I remember going up with my high school friends. I remember standing in line at 5am for a powder day as an adult. The tram has been the ideal mode of transportation for accessing summer hikes and winter powder laps. It’s an incredible way to gain 4,139 vertical feet in order to jump-start your activities. But one must not overlook it’s access to hot waffles. Hot delicious waffles at 10,000 feet-sign me up.
Due to injury recovery, this summer has been filled with less aggressive activities. So while I’m not allowed to run up one of the popular resort trails, or climb in Corbet’s Couloir, I still find myself heading to the resort to get outside. It can be hard to find friends who aren’t out getting after it-but luckily my friend Graham, 3.25 years old, likes riding the tram maybe more than any human I’ve met. So with little convincing, Graham agreed to spend a Saturday morning eating waffles and taking in the view from the top of the resort.
Graham is a man of few words, but you could see the excitement bursting out of him. After riding the tram, scanning for wildlife on our way up, we quickly ran into the cabin-lured inside by the smell of batter and whip cream. Not knowing which waffle option to choose- nutella, brown sugar, bacon, we decided the safest bet was to order them all. We scarfed them down, chased them with some hot chocolate, and waited for the tram to take us back down to the valley floor. After, I went to PT, while Graham decided to take advantage of his ticket and ride the tram and gondola again-like I said, he loves the lift more than any person I know.
The tram is open from 9-5pm daily-but you’ll want to get up there before the waffles stop at 4:30pm. From the top you can access a plethora of hikes, climbs, and even a pond skim if you’re feeling adventurous. Or you can simply just take in the views of the valley floor, Grand Teton National Park, and Idaho from the top-hot waffle in hand.
Learn more about riding the tram here! https://www.jacksonhole.com/summer-tram.html