High Lonesome Express – Winter Park, CO

Towers 1 and 2.
Compact Poma return station.
Lower station arrival side.
Maintenance rail.
The gully halfway up.
Arriving up top.
Top station side view.
Lift line overview.
Upper lift line from below.
Middle part of the line.
Drive station.

5 thoughts on “High Lonesome Express – Winter Park, CO

  1. Donald M. Reif February 22, 2019 / 9:30 am

    This lift was converted from a fixed grip quad built in 1985. This is the reason for the portal tower at the bottom, and the reason the chairs have three-T-bar footrests that you see on lifts like Gent’s Ridge.


    • Mark Willits September 20, 2019 / 7:33 am

      I remember when this lift was installed in 1985 and then converted to a detachable (1991). Not completely sure about the portal tower in relation to a fixed grip at the bottom but the old Summit Express (Now the Super Gauge) had a portal tower at the top just before the unloading station. Also, the old Summit had the exact same footrests (three T-Bar) and it was never a fixed grip. The two details you mention could be because of the generation of the lift. The old Summit and High-Lonesome fixed grip were installed the same year (1985).


      • Donald Reif September 20, 2019 / 11:28 am

        The portal tower is a standard feature of many Poma fixed grip return stations, especially on older lifts. Like Sublette at Jackson Hole:

        And even some newer lifts like Powder at Big White:


        The defunct Falcon SuperChair on Peak 10 was a fixed grip quad that was converted into a high speed quad after a single year of operation, and thus had a portal tower:


        As for the three-footrests design, well, I think that Poma was experimenting as the normal two t-bars footrest option was also available and the majority of their lifts from that timeframe used those instead.


  2. Kaden K June 24, 2019 / 4:42 pm

    This lift is always so miserable and windy. This is probably not going to happen, but they should put bubble chairs on this lift. It would make it so much better.


    • Donald Reif June 24, 2019 / 8:57 pm

      I think that’d necessitate converting the lift to 90 degree loading and modifying the unload area.


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