The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is unique in that, in just 10 minutes, you can be taken from the scorching hot desert floor to the mild temps of 8,000 feet high in the mountains. For the last few decades, the trip up the tram has also served as a bit of a time machine as, once you step off at the Mountain Station, you were basically transported back 50 years – as the facility has not seen many updates…until now.
The Desert Sun reports on the changes coming to the Mountain Station at the top of the Tram, which is expected to cost $13.3 million. The changes, will take place over the next couple of years, will see crews upgrading the restaurants, bar, restrooms, museum, and theater – along with infrastructure of the facility such as the electrical, water, heating and air-conditioning systems.
Included in the updates, the restrooms will see the addition of changing tables, which should make many parents happy, and will be updated to meet ADA requirements. There will also be new furniture and carpeting.
On the F & B side of things, Peaks restaurant will see the addition of a lounge and bar and a revamped kitchen. Meanwhile, the current bar at the Tram, called the Lookout Lounge, will be moved to an area where people will actually get to lookout windows at the view of the desert.
The facility will also see the addition of four new fireplaces that use water vapor and can be changed to different colors, which should be cool.
No word if they will use this time to update the same corny music /voiceover that plays on the way up and down. But let’s hope so.