Competition #9 – Mountain High, CA

This 1973 Heron-Poma stands out as the only lift of its kind in Southern California.
The towers have added lifting frames.
Middle section of the lift line.
Breakover towers 16 and 17.
Most Herons had vault drives but this one has an overhead drive.
Loading area and first steep section of the line.
Lift overview.
Top station overview.

5 thoughts on “Competition #9 – Mountain High, CA

  1. Bruzer June 19, 2020 / 9:42 pm

    This lift replaced a single chair, likely installed in the 1950s to take crowd pressure off the original Holiday Hill double chair which was 6000’+ long. The single chair also covered all the upper intermediate and advanced terrain at what is now known as Mt. High East.


    • Bruzer June 19, 2020 / 9:56 pm

      Correction – the original Holiday Hill Ringer chair and later SLI chair were about the same length as the present #11 Mt. High Express, or ~~ 5400-5600′ long.


  2. Cameron Halmrast June 20, 2020 / 10:12 am

    I don’t think the drive unit is original. It’s too modern.


    • Greg K December 27, 2020 / 4:28 pm

      I don’t think so. The (former) Casper triple at Jackson Hole had a similar looking drive.


  3. Maboomba August 19, 2022 / 11:00 am

    Competition #9 – Mountain High, CA – This lift is effectively “out-of-service”. Please update your list. It has not been run in a couple of decades, that I can remember anyway. They do such a bad job of running East that they are having trouble even getting anyone to show up to ride the single high-speed quad (run as a low-speed quad).


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