Ride the [R345R, Sandia Peak] Tram to the views or enjoy dinner at High Finance Restaurant. The Tram's tentative ski and board season opening is Dec. 19, 2009.

Head up to Sandia Peak before ski season and craziness starts. Sink your teeth into the solitude and fall chill as you rise above the deep canyons, along a 2.7 mile cable, as some of nature's most dramatic beauty unfolds. Take in the 11,000 square-mile panoramic view of the Rio Grande Valley and the Land of Enchantment when you arrive at the observation deck atop 10,378 foot Sandia Peak in the Cibola National Forest.

The Tram has transported more than nine million passengers and celebrates its 43rd anniversary this year. The Tram, located 45 minutes east of Albuquerque, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Central New Mexico not just because you can ski the area in winter but it is an engineering marvel.

Passengers ascend 4,000 feet in about 15 minutes across cables supported by only two towers between the terminals. The Rio Grande, volcanoes, the Jemez Mountains, the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Santa Fe are all within scope as you glide along the western face of the rugged Sandia Mountains and reach the Peak. The original track cables were replaced in 1997 and the track cable brakes close automatically and hold the car firmly in place in an emergency or haul cable failure so no need to fear for a B-movie type catastrophe.

The Tram will shut down Nov. 2 - Nov. 13 for maintenance.

More information. Or call 505-242-9052.