Heather Express – The Highlands, MI

This was the first detachable lift built at Boyne USA’s Michigan resorts.
Loading at the drive station.
Departing the bottom station.
View back down the line.
Tower 11 with night lights.
Unloading ramp.
Uni return station.
Terminal with unique green windows.
View down the line.
Upper part of the line.
Lower line.
Tower 1 and the drive terminal.
Tower 8.
Arriving up top.
Another view of the drive station.

6 thoughts on “Heather Express – The Highlands, MI

  1. powderforever45 January 31, 2020 / 7:09 pm

    What kind of chairs are those?


    • Ryan Murphy February 2, 2020 / 2:59 pm

      It’s the European model quad chairs I believe. They’re also on Mile One at Panorama and the old Fourrunner at Stowe.


    • Donald Reif February 2, 2020 / 4:06 pm

      These are the older 1970s and 1980s quad chairs, which are also seen on Bethlehem.

      There were only a few of these lifts built with the older pre-EJ chairs and UNI terminals, as Heather is of the same vintage as the Bullet Express, Ridge Rocket Express, Peru Express, and Montezuma Express lifts, which were built around the same time as Heather and have the familiar EJ chair.


    • pbropetech December 17, 2021 / 5:47 pm

      I dimly recall seeing some prints somewhere that called them simply ‘model E’.


  2. afski722 January 31, 2020 / 11:14 pm

    1990 Doppelmayer. Heather Express was the first detachable quad in Michigan. It replaced the world’s first triple which was relocated to become the Valley Lift.


  3. Jack L July 21, 2022 / 1:52 pm

    It’s pretty funky how this is the newest original-installation lift at The Highlands as of 2022. However, I’m a huge fan of it. It runs well and it’s a blast to ride on days when the hill is fairly quiet.


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