Mountain High Express – Mountain High, CA

The Mountain High Express replaced a very long SLI double, which itself replaced a Ringer double on Holiday Hill, now known as Mountain High East.
The return terminal is in a “pancake” style.
The top few towers.
Unique view of the upper terminal.
View down the lift line.
Looking up the upper line.
Middle section of the line with EJ chairs and DS grips.
Top station unloading area.
Side view of the bottom terminal.
This is the drive location.
For some reason the chairs are a gold-like color.
Terminal with matching operator house.
Lift overview.

13 thoughts on “Mountain High Express – Mountain High, CA

  1. Duncan September 14, 2018 / 10:48 am

    What was Ringer?


  2. Michael September 14, 2018 / 10:59 am

    Ringer was a chairlift company in the early 50’s. Interesting and weird at the same time! Google it.


    • Duncan September 14, 2018 / 11:02 am

      Huh. Folding chairs. I get why it got shut down. I don’t really get the point though since you’d probably just unload normally anyway.


  3. Duncan MacLaren February 26, 2019 / 9:19 pm

    Interesting bottom operator shack

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    • Teddy's Lift World February 27, 2019 / 9:16 am

      It was designed to resemble the UNI terminals that are on the lift. I can’t imagine that it was manufactured by Doppelmayr because of the workmanship levels of this shack are not up to Doppelmayr’s standards.


  4. atc1701 February 27, 2019 / 10:35 am

    The windows on the terminal are uncommon in North America. They appear to be a predominantly European design, made by Doppelmayr of France / Études de Transport. There’s only one other lift in North America (unsurprisingly, in Quebec) with this specific design. This was also among the first UNI lifts in North America! Doppelmayr, interestingly enough, built the original UNI model in North America and not Europe.


    • Collin Parsons February 27, 2019 / 12:32 pm

      The windows look like those on the second gen UNI the like Jordan Bowl Express at Sunday River, even though this is a first gen UNI.


    • Max Hart February 27, 2019 / 12:53 pm

      I think what he means are how the windows are bubbled out a ton. What other Uni has the bubbled out windows? The windows on Jordan Bowl are flush with the rest of the enclosure.

      I know that Mont Orignal in Canada has a Uni detachable six-pack (the first in North America) with some similar protruding windows, but they aren’t bubbled/round.
      Here they are:


      • atc1701 February 27, 2019 / 7:31 pm

        Yes, that’s what I meant. Unique windows! The Mont Orignal six-pack has the final Doppelmayr of France / Études de Transport design; this might be more of a precursor to that. It’s certainly a different-looking UNI terminal compared to the rest of the North American variants.


  5. Bruzer June 19, 2020 / 10:11 pm

    Originally the Mt High Express bottom terminal was about 100′ to the west [behind] from where the camera vantage point is in picture #9. Relocation eliminated a long poling section when skiing the Canyon and Sundance runs. The present line follows the original Holiday Hill chair lines. This HSQ made Mt High East the best cruising hill in Southern California when it had snow. Mt. High stopped blowing man-made snow as frequently on MH East around the millenium, due to ?? less well water?? more emphasis on MH West with its extensive terrain parks?? or ?? East has barely opened, if at all, during some recent drought years.


    • Bruzer June 22, 2020 / 9:14 pm

      Mt High trail maps on show the relocation as occurring a year or two after 2000.


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