Camelot – The Highlands, MI

The top terminal of this beginner lift is underneath the Valley chair.
View down the lift line.
The bottom terminal has been upgraded to a used CTEC one.
Lower station.
Upper station.
The unloading point is well below the top bullwheel.
Lower lift line.
Upper half of the line.
Lift overview.
The entire lift line.
The old drive station used to be part of the base lodge. You can still see the motor room vault!

10 thoughts on “Camelot – The Highlands, MI

  1. Vintage Chairlifts January 31, 2020 / 7:56 pm

    This and MacGully are the world’s first triple chairlifts, I believe.


    • SpartySki February 18, 2020 / 9:31 pm

      Camelot and MacGully were installed a few years after Heather and Little John which were the first Triples. They both had the triangle shaped pre 1965 Riblet tower heads. Camelot and MacGully have the next generation tower head. Camelot was originally a T-bar. MacGully was added with the first southern expansion to Boyne Highlands only a few years after Boyne Highlands first opened.


      • Vintage Chairlifts June 16, 2020 / 8:53 pm

        Ah! Good call. Thank you for setting me straight on that one.


      • Mr Tea March 17, 2023 / 9:38 pm

        According to the liftblog database, the first two chairs at the Highlands were MacGully (not Heather) and Little John in 1963 . Camelot was added in 66 and Heather was added in 67.

        Little John was moved to the Interconnect in 1992 and Heather was moved to the Valley in 1990. MacGully is still where it has always been for a few more weeks.

        Maybe you know more than Peter. If so, he will hopefully correct the data.


        • SpartySki March 20, 2023 / 5:19 am

          The database is wrong in this case. I don’t know where Peter gets the information for the database but he does the best he can with the information available. The specs between MacGully, Heather and Little John are very similar which adds to the confusion. SAM lift surveys are not accurate all the time and I wouldn’t expect him to spend hours researching each resort to fill in the holes. I think that is where we come in?

          The 2 first triples were Heather and Little John. Anyone that knows Riblet history can tell immediately. They are the only 2 lifts with the first gen triple tower head. MacGully and Camelot have the second gen triple tower head.

          If you read the history of Boyne Highlands it is noted via several sources that Heather and Little John were the first two.

          Camelot was installed in 66 to replace a T-Bar in the beginner area.

          MacGully was installed in 67 when a southern expansion was done above Camelot.

          The Challenger and Leprechaun quads came next to add uphill capacity.

          Amy’s came from Walloon in 80 to replace a T-bar.

          Lastly, the Heather Express in 90.

          When Heather was installed that started a trend of moving existing lifts to new locations. The original Heather, Little John and Leprechaun. Other than the Heather Express in 90 there hasn’t been a new lift at the Highlands since 1972. By the end of the decade the Heather Express is likely to be the oldest if they decide to keep it.


  2. afski722 January 31, 2020 / 11:09 pm

    The Valley (formerly Heather) and MacGully chairs were the world’s first triple chairs installed when Boyne Highlands opened in 1963.
    The Heather triple became Valley Chair in 1990 when the Heather Express Quad was installed.

    Camelot Lift opened a few years later in 1966.
    The lower terminal and vault drive were replaced in the 2010s which moved it slightly uphill away from the day lodge stairs and breezeway.


  3. reaperskier February 1, 2020 / 8:06 am

    Where did the drive terminal come from?


    • Doppelmayr FTW February 1, 2020 / 9:56 am

      The drive used to be in the building behind the lift but it was moved to improve skier flow, from what I understand the structure and roof is new.


    • BRANDON L MARQUARDT February 4, 2020 / 1:46 pm

      The CTEC terminal came from Porcupine Mountains, off of the Miner-Denver Double chair that was abandoned/removed.


  4. skier72 February 3, 2020 / 10:47 am

    Here’s a photo of the original drive terminal under the lodge roof.


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