Snow Day in the Desert
Snowy picnic area on San Jacinto Mountain.

Snow Day in the Desert

Jason has never seen snow, so when we saw the white caps on the mountain tops near our camp in Southern California, we were on a mission. One problem, our truck was not equipped for snow. The posted signs as we climbed the mountains read, “snow tires or chains only beyond this point.” Ice and motorcycle street tires don’t mix, so two wheels was not a viable option, either. How were we ever going to get him up to the white, fluffy stuff?

Taking a peak at the snow peak from atop a parking garage in Coachella Valley.
Taking a peek at the snow peak from atop a casino parking garage in Coachella Valley.

 

Enter Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, a direct line from the desert of Palm Springs to the wilderness of the Mt. San Jacinto State Park, 8500 feet up.

We don’t typically spend money on attractions, there are plenty of free options, but because of the safety factor for a couple of snow-newbs,  we sprung for the $25.95 each,  it was well worth it. Snow angels, snow men, snowball fights and general frolicking about, made for one of our favorite outings.

Riding up the Tramway, surrounded by snow but looking down at Palm Springs, windmills and the desert.
Riding up the Tramway, surrounded by snow but looking down at Palm Springs, windmills and the desert.

  You can find all the information about the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway on their website. I would recommend advance tickets on weekends, especially during the winter, we spent about an hour waiting our turn as walk-ins. There are cafes and gift shops on both ends of the tram to keep you fed and occupied. The tram has a rotating floor, so you get amazing views all the way up. When you get to the top be prepared for a steep and sometimes slippery sidewalk down to ground level, and back up again.  If you are like us and not ready to drive in the snow, or if you are just looking for a quick way to the top to play, hike or take in the views, we highly recommend the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.

Mountain station, the top of Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.
Mountain station, the top of Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.

 

Notice Jason’s gloves?  He bought these Savior battery-powered rechargeable Heated Gloves to keep his hands warm when riding in cold weather.  He was able to ride comfortably with the gloves on the low setting in 50° weather and they stayed charged for the day. The Savior Heated Gloves are actually designed for what we show above, playing in the snow, but he is happy with them on the motorcycle. Although, they don’t offer as much protection as motorcycle specific riding gloves.

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