ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — With a splash of champagne and a cheer from a crowd, an upgraded method for buzzing up the Sandias to mountain trails and ski slopes was unveiled.
New tram cars were put into motion at Sandia Peak Tramway on Saturday morning for a private audience that included many of the stockholders whose relatives helped build Albuquerque’s famous tram. The cars opened to the public at 1 p.m., replacing 30-year-old cars to commemorate the tram’s 50th anniversary.
The tram cars were christened with the crash of a champagne bottle – smashing a bottle of booze onto a new vessel to bring safe travels is a superstition in some circles.
“You can leave the desert floor, go through seven of the climatic life zones and end up in a blizzard on top,” said Louis Abruzzo, president of the Sandia Peak Tram Company. “I live five minutes from the tram and, in 20 minutes, I can be skiing powder on the backside of the mountain, come down midday and go for a bike ride.