Boyne Mountain, MI

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12 thoughts on “Boyne Mountain, MI

  1. afski722 February 1, 2020 / 12:22 am

    Lots of relocated lifts here over the years.

    Alpine 2 – relocated early 2000s, no idea where it came from
    Boyneland 3 – relocated 1995, originally installed as a double Express 2 in 1982
    Disciples Ridge 3 – relocated 1995, originally installed elsewhere
    Disciples Ridge II 3 – relocated late 90s/early 2000s, this was originally the Thunder 3
    Hemlock 2 – mostly Riblet but some upper /lower station components from the original Sun Valley lift
    Meadows 4
    Mountain Express 6
    Ramshead 4
    Superbowl 4
    Victor 4 – relocated late 80s / early 90s; originally was a Heron 2 with lattice towers. This may have originally been the McClouth 4

    Express 2 – this was modified into a triple and became the Boyneland lift
    McClouth 4 – this may have been moved to replace the Victor 2 in the early 90s
    Meadows 4 – was originally the world’s first quad chair, replaced in 2008
    North Boyne 2 – no idea where this lift went
    Superbowl 2 – this lift was removed when they added the FIS race hill on Superbowl in 1995. This may have been repurposed as the Alpine 2?
    Top Notch 2 – this lift was removed in 2005, it was a Heron with lattice towers.
    Victor 2 – this lift was a Heron 2 that was removed by a Ribet 4 in the early 90s.


    • reaperskier February 1, 2020 / 5:39 am

      Alpine was relocated from Alpine Ski Club in Ontario and (most likely) ran where the millennium chair (a quad) is located now.


  2. SpartySki February 18, 2020 / 9:58 pm

    North Boyne was a Heron.

    Express 2 was also a Heron. It ran along the tree line at the South side of South McClouth.

    Super Bowl 2 was the Borvig. This lift had the strange alteration into a triple when moved to the Boyneland terrain.

    McClouth 4 was moved to Victor and was given a new tension terminal.

    Meadows 4 was reworked by Riblet at some point. Had Riblet center pole chairs. Heard a story once that the Heron sheave train and grips had a lot of issues with Derailing. Don’t know if that story is true but it would explain the Riblet overhaul.

    Super Bowl 4 came from Thunder Mountain. When Boyne closed it they brought this chair to Boyne Mountain.

    Thunder/Disciples 2. As Thunder all the tower heads had extensions on them allowing double Riblet tower heads to be used for a triple. These towers were also used when the lift was moved to become Disciples 2. I believe this lift was the other Thunder Mountain lift converted to a triple when moved to Boyne Mountain.

    All the Herons are long gone. Top Notch was the last to go.

    Boyne Mountain is a collection of used, relocated and unwanted junk as far as lifts go. This place is always super crowded on weekends and the lifts here are old slow and inadequate. Boyne seems to be starting to put money into their resorts recently. Hopefully Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands will get some upgrades. Most the lifts at those resorts were originally installed in the mid 60’s to early 70’s.


    • Mountaineer April 7, 2021 / 2:35 pm

      Perhaps the lift was later equipped with Heron chairs? I got the confirmation from a contractor of American Cableways that they made the lift in 1964.


      • Mountaineer April 22, 2021 / 12:10 pm

        Heron is correct for North Boyne. The American Cableways actually was at Barn Mountain.


  3. afski722 February 18, 2020 / 10:26 pm

    Thanks for helping fill in the gaps. Like said at the Highlands so many relocations hard to keep memory straight.
    I haven’t skied Boyne Mountain on the weekend in probably ten years, the weekend crowds were obnoxious and I assume still are.

    The Meadows replacement took care of that part of the hill. Rumors of a Disciples replacement with a HSQ coming from another resort soon.
    Superbowl will likely be due for a replacement in the next 5 years or so.


    • Skiz February 19, 2020 / 5:57 am

      Supposedly a lift from brighton going on a new liftline so it can replace disciples I and II


  4. Carson May 2, 2021 / 9:35 pm

    Anyone know why heron lifts were removed kind of fast I know it’s a stupid question to ask


    • Utah Powder Skier May 3, 2021 / 7:58 am

      It doesn’t look like they were removed that fast. 30 years is old for a lift that’s not a Riblet or a Hall.


  5. Billy B. May 13, 2021 / 11:52 am

    Found some stats and images of the original Meadows quad at Boyne Mountain recently from an old Heron catalog. Stats: 2,400 pph, 400 fpm, 21 towers, 79 chairs, 125 hp electric motor. Heron claimed 1,561 feet of length with 355 feet of vertical rise, which are both slightly different than the spreadsheet data so I’m not sure which is correct there. Definitely a very cool lift, so I figured some people on here might be interested.


    • John May 18, 2021 / 7:53 pm

      I remember it being fairly slow, but it wasn’t all that long of a lift, either. In any case, the newer Meadows quad is a much smoother ride.


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