Tram Backers Need To State Their Case

Jackson, Wyoming – Wyoming Senate President Grant Larson says it is up to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort to prove that state money to fund a new tram would benefit the state. Larson, who represents Teton County, admits that it might be difficult to persuade lawmakers to fund some of the 25 million dollars needed for a new tram. The current 40 year old Tram will shut down in a few months because of safety concerns. Last week Governor Freudenthal said the Tram is NOT a state funding priority. He says private money should buy a replacement. Resort officials say they are discussing private funding sources, but they have also hired an economic consultant to analyze the economic impact of the tram on the area. The report will be finished in a few weeks.