Aerial Tram

The Aerial Tram at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. The author was on the tram at the exact moment a worker was seriously injured when he was hit by the unit’s arm.

I was on the Jackson Hole Aerial Tram at 3:37 p.m. on July 23. A couple of hundred feet above the base-area loading dock our car came to a halt and hung there.

After a few minutes the driver said: “This isn’t a scheduled stop, but maintenance is working on it.” After a few more minutes we started moving again, unloaded and headed off for a well-earned drink, not thinking much about our unexpected delay.

Molly Absolon

Molly Absolon

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Tim Rieser

This is pure nonsense. It’s not “victim” blaming by a long shot. First off, if, and I do

mean if, he was in an unauthorized area, he is not a victim in anything. Second, if it’s an “unauthorized” area, which is not disputed, it’s fair to continue to call it an unauthorized area. Third, if he’s struck and it isn’t stated it’s unauthorized when it is, it makes the resort seem like it was engaged in gross negligence by running the tram when (obviously) it would be extremely dangerous to do so, thereby making the resort a victim of (potentially) the injured man’s (or employers) bad decision making.

Please think through your position more carefully before printing.

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