“Cable to the Sky”

A documentary movie about the building of the new Jackson Hole Aerial Tram


Nothing lasts forever!

Built in the mid-sixties, at a cost of 2 workers' lives, the improbable towers and huge cable spans of Jackson Hole, Wyoming carried over 3 million skiers and hikers up the steepest and tallest ski mountain in North America for over 40 years.  It was an engineering miracle in its time, but now, after running day after day, winter and summer, since 1966, the old tram cables are about to become unsafe.

Cable to the Sky is an insider's view of the complete reconstruction of this amazing system.  Shot over a period of 1½ years by award-winning filmmaker Peter Pilafian, and photographed in High Definition from top to bottom under all conditions, this half-hour documentary takes you inside the drama, the danger, the winter storms, and the high-wire mastery of a tightly knit Swiss crew.

"The tram at Jackson Hole is iconic," says Michael Berry, President of the National Ski Area Association." It is recognized around the world as a lift that accesses some of the most spectacular terrain in North America.

When finished, this brand-new state-of-the-art Garavanta tram system will whisk 100 passengers in 9 minutes, up 4,139 vertical feet with the precision of a gigantic Swiss watch.  It will have cost over $32 million, and taken two years to complete.

Cable To The Sky is a must-see video for anyone who wants a close-up look at what it takes to build a zero-failure system designed to operate in 70 mph winds, 20-below-zero temps, and last a lifetime.

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