PALM SPRINGS — If you’ve watched the national news, there is no need for a snow guessing contest in Montana. In Browning, Mont., 48 inches of snow fell from Friday to Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

Suffice it to say that Palm Springs is a different story — at least that is the hope.

But it likely won’t be long before snowflakes begin flying at the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, just minutes from the desert floor. That means it’s time for the beloved annual snow guessing contest.

Temperatures may still be a little toasty, but Oct. 1st marks the start of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway’s Snow Guessing Contest. This annual event continues until the first measurable inch of snow fall at the Tram’s Mountain Station, elevation 8,516 feet.

The first ten entries received with the correct date of snowfall will win four Tram admissions plus a special Tram gift memento. In the event there are more than ten correct entries, the earliest postmarks will prevail.

To submit an entry, simply write down your best-guess date on a postcard and mail it to: Snow Guessing Contest, 1 Tram Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262. Please remember that only postmarked postcards will be accepted (no emailed entries) and no postmarks before Oct.  1. Participants may enter as many times as they would like, but only one date per postcard. For more information and contest rules, please click here. 

There’s never been a year when someone didn’t win the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway’s Snow Guessing Contest, according to Tramway officials.

About Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is the world’s largest rotating tram car. Opened in 1963, the Tram’s 80-passenger cars travel along the breathtaking cliffs of Chino Canyon from the Valley Station (elevation 2,643 ft.) to the Mountain Station (elevation 8,516 ft.) in approximately 10 minutes. Tickets are $26.95 for adults, $24.95 for seniors (65+) and $16.95 for children (3-10). For more information, please call 888-515-TRAM or 760-325-1391, or click here.

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  • Mountain Station-: Palm Springs Aerial Tramway