The Sandia Peak Tramway was built in 1966 by a Swiss company and at that time it was considered one of the most challenging and complex tram systems in the world. It still has some statistics to boast about. It has the world's largest single span and is the longest aerial tram in North America. It rises from a base of 6,559 feet above sea level to 10,378 feet above sea level. The 'flight' as it is called lasts about 15 minutes and travel at a speed of 12 miles per hour. It has two support towers, the first at 232 feet in height, the second at 80 feet.. Its design is called a 'double reversible jig back' meaning that as one car is coming down one is going up. Each tram car, and there are two of them, carries a maximum of 50 people. Over 10,500 trips up and down are made each year.
No, we did not choose to stay in Alamogordo and shoot at White Sands. They opened up late and we wanted to get on our way. I think we made the right decision. Instead, we were treated to a great tram ride. Life is good.