Boyne Highlands, MI

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  1. afski722 January 31, 2020 / 11:33 pm

    Many of the Boyne Highlands lifts have been relocated over the years.

    North Peak – installed 1993 or 1994, relocated from original Leprechaun chair
    Interconnect – installed 1992 or 1993, relocated from original Little John chair
    Amy’s – original location
    Challenger – original location
    Heather Express – original location, replaced the Heather triple that was moved to become the Valley chair
    MacGully – original locaiton
    Camelot – original location
    Valley – original location, installed in 1990 when the Heather chair was upgraded. This replaced a T-Bar that used to run up the Slot slope by North Tournament.

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    • SpartySki February 18, 2020 / 9:19 pm

      Amy’s is a relocated lift. It was originally installed at the now closed Walloon Hills Ski Area. I believe this is actually the first quad chair built by Riblet. Amy’s was originally serviced by a T-bar. All other lifts at Boyne Highlands are original to Boyne Highlands. Some towers were added to the Valley chair when it was moved from Heather. You can see the few towers in the line that have the late 60’s Riblet tower head. Similar story with Little John however, this lift is much longer than it was when located at Little John. Many towers and I assume many chairs were added to this lift. No idea where they came from. Heather and Little John, formerly known as the North Triple were the first Triples in the world.

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  2. afski722 February 18, 2020 / 10:16 pm

    Ah, thanks for clearing that up. Some info I’m going off of recollection, some from my father, and some from what I’ve been able to research on my own.
    Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands have so many relocated lifts its hard to trace down their original history. I thought I’d seen a trail map with a T-Bar on Amy’s so yes that would make sense.

    Yes, Valley 3 is the original Heather 3 (worlds first triple) and the original vault drive still remains at the top of the hill, beyond the unloading zone from the Heather Express.

    The Interconnect 3 was originally Little John 3 and still retains some of the original towers but also has a bunch of newer Riblet towers as well as you mentioned.

    Here’s Walloon Hiils FWIW:
    https://milsap.wordpress.com/regions/northwest-lower-peninsula-areas/boyne-falls/walloon-hills-ski-area-walloon-lake/

    Also, there was tentative plans in the late-90s/early-2000s to add another High Speed Quad or High Speed Six at the Highlands to roughly replace the MacGully lift. The lift was to load in front of the Day Lodge and run up either the MacGully or up Rob Roy roughly on the alignment of the former Leprechaun lift. Plans got shelved, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see this happen in the next decade or so, particularly if Boyne recycles any HSQ from other resorts.

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