Snowbird’s Tram Club has closed after 27 years of cheap beer and camaraderie

A petition to save the bar — known for its affordable drinks and view of the tram’s bull wheels — has already been started.

(Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune) The Snowbird tram.

Tram Club — a popular sports bar at Snowbird Ski Resort — has taken its final run, after 27 years in business.

“We weren’t just a bar, we were a family,” the operators wrote on Facebook, “and we will miss each and every one of you.”

Utah skiers are mourning the loss of the year-round bar, which was located under the tram’s loading station and provided a view of the machine’s bull wheels.

With televisions, pool tables and sports memorabilia, the Tram Club was the place for skiers to enjoy “laps after powder runs” that included a $5 beer and a shot special, cheese fries and powder-infused camaraderie.

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In the summer, its patio was a favorite spot to enjoy a meal and the mountain scenery.

“Tram Bar is where all runs ended at the end of an epic powder day,” wrote one Facebook commenter. “But much more importantly, TC was where the Bird’s community gathered and rallied for their own.”

Added another skier: “Thank you for being the only place at Snowbird locals felt at home.”

The bar was not run by the resort, but rather had been leased to outside operators, said Snowbird’s communications manager Sarah Sherman, adding that resort officials now are working to determine what will happen to the space.

“If we work out a way to re-open the Tram Club we will share that information as soon as it’s available,” she said, “but it will likely take a month or more.”

Several regulars — who fear the bar will be replaced with a trendier, more expensive club — have already started a petition to save the space up Little Cottonwood Canyon.

“The Tram Club is the only thing that makes Snowbird a local hang out and displays snowbird’s local culture,” a concerned fan wrote on the petition. “Without the Tram Club Snowbird is just another.... cultureless ski resort.”