Challenger – Winter Park, CO

Lower station with counterweight.
Loading area from above.
View up the line.
Side view of the return station.
Riding up in winter.
Heron-Poma lift line.
View back down the lift line.
Tower 22 just below the summit.
Vault drive.
View down the lift line.
Tower 12.
Lower lift line.

16 thoughts on “Challenger – Winter Park, CO

  1. Donald Reif January 14, 2020 / 9:39 am

    This and/or Iron Horse are overdue for high speed quad upgrades.


    • Lift Expert November 17, 2020 / 7:57 pm

      No, no, no! These lifts are VERY historic. Well, at least Challenger lift is (iron horse is practically never open).

      Liked by 3 people

      • pbropetech November 18, 2020 / 12:50 pm

        The problem with ‘historic’ lifts is that they become increasingly difficult to find parts for.

        Liked by 1 person

        • Ben Eminger November 21, 2020 / 4:53 pm

          Literally every remaining SLI out there…….49 Degrees North & Telluride feel that one!


      • Utah Powder Skier March 13, 2021 / 5:55 pm

        You contradict yourself here. On the Looking Glass lift page you say that you want it replaced, but the lift that is 8 years newer is historic and shouldn’t be replaced. 1974 isn’t really that historic for a lift and neither is 1966 either. There are plenty of lifts that old that still operate.

        Liked by 1 person

    • Ben Ortiz December 20, 2020 / 8:57 pm

      i am so in love with this lift, replace one of them with a quad if they must but not challenger:(

      Liked by 1 person

      • Donald Reif December 20, 2020 / 9:16 pm

        Challenger getting replaced would siphon more traffic from Super Gauge than replacing Iron Horse would.


        • Tim Grim January 4, 2021 / 8:46 pm

          Why do you want more traffic on Challenger? It’s the best part of the mountain and it’s best when people who have no business being on it stay away from it

          Liked by 2 people

        • Donald Reif January 4, 2021 / 9:47 pm

          Because it would alleviate crowding at Super Gauge.


      • compcenterrat January 18, 2023 / 9:18 pm

        i agree, but disagree. I think wp should replace this lift with a new double identical in capacity, similar to palivichini at a basin because if wp upgrades the capacity, the bumps on the c chair side will become terrible, making a lot of loyal jane skiers leave.


        • Aidan Reilly January 18, 2023 / 9:30 pm

          What’s to say the bumps aren’t already terrible? Super Gauge services all the terrain and goes twice as fast as Challenger. Eventually it will become time for a replacement, but the resort will know what the best replacement is for this terrain.


        • skitheeast January 19, 2023 / 8:07 am

          I disagree a detachable lift here will ruin Mary Jane, or make the bumps terrible. As it is today with Super Gauge, the most accessible bumps can suffer from being over-skied when it has not snowed in a while. Hidden or off-the-beaten-path bumps have no issues. A detachable Challenger will only continue these trends.

          However, if you are really concerned about uphill capacity, remove Pony Express as well when a detachable quad is installed here so 2400 pph capacity replaces 2400 pph capacity.

          Liked by 1 person

  2. Lift Mapper November 30, 2020 / 5:30 pm

    If you could change anything about this lift, what would it be and why?


    • BarkeeStone December 21, 2020 / 10:06 am

      I would upgrade it to a quad, because it would help the crowding in super gauge.


  3. Joshua Redman January 8, 2022 / 2:03 pm

    Yes I agree. The crowds at Super Gauge can become enormous so a HSQ would really help. Same with Iron Horse, but Challenger may be a bigger problem.


  4. carletongebhardt February 9, 2023 / 6:59 pm

    Skiing for the first time at WP this winter. I love taking the occasional ride on lifts like this or Looking Glass. A change of pace from all the high speed lifts.

    Liked by 1 person

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