Super Gauge Express – Winter Park, CO

Towers 1-2 at the Mary Jane base.
View up the line in summer.
Extra support for a tower in a marsh.
A terminal in a marsh.
Loading area.
Lift line from the base.
Turnaround at the return.
Top drive station.
Unloading area and lift shack.
Tri-leg Omega station.
Upper lift line.
Middle part of the line.
View down the line.
Lower lift line and Mary Jane base.
Even with 5 lifts at Mary Jane, it gets crowded.
Lower lift line view.
Winter view from the base.
Riding up.
Splice tower.
Drive station side view.

18 thoughts on “Super Gauge Express – Winter Park, CO

  1. Collin Parsons October 2, 2019 / 10:32 am

    When the predecessor to this lift, the Summit Express was built in 1985, it extended the vertical of the ski area. Previously the furthest up you could go were the tops of Challenger and Iron Horse. The High Lonesome Quad was also built that year to better connect it to the Winter Park side, and was upgraded to detachable in 1991.

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    • Jackson Nunnally December 31, 2019 / 10:01 am

      this year, the Super Guage Express has screens attached to the safety bar that show the map, weather, travel times, lift status, and some ads. they are really nice, however I wish they we touch screen.


      • carletongebhardt February 7, 2023 / 9:17 pm

        How do these get their power? Is it when they go through the terminal that they get charged? I wonder how they change the content of the display – travel times especially need to be constantly updated.


        • Aidan Reilly February 7, 2023 / 9:34 pm

          They do indeed get their power from rails inside the terminal. Next time you load the lift, if you have the chance the main computer for it is right above the loading ramp on the turn around.

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  2. Lift Expert November 22, 2020 / 8:39 pm

    Why are some of the towers white and the rest are black? Whenever I ride this lift, I always ask the people beside me why they did this.


    • Utah Powder Skier November 22, 2020 / 9:03 pm

      Some of the towers could have been reused from the previous lift. I would assume that the the white towers were reused because there are lees of them. Summit Express was relocated to Mission Ridge on a shorter alignment, which would mean that less towers would have been necessary, leaving some existing towers that could be reused. Also, the last few towers are the same as the rest of the lift. Summit Express had a portal tower at the top and this lift has regular tube towers past the breakover.


    • pbropetech November 23, 2020 / 9:30 am

      They definitely reused a few. You might notice some strengthening gussets welded to the flange at the top of the tube on those. As for the white, some towers were more likely to bend slightly in the sun and get misaligned, so they painted them a lighter colour to avoid that. We did that on our old Eagle lift.

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  3. Trail Master February 11, 2021 / 9:14 am

    Is this an Omega Terminal because I know that Explorer is Omega but I have no idea what type this is because it is a slightly different style.


    • Utah Powder Skier February 11, 2021 / 9:22 am

      This is an Omega terminal.


    • Donald Reif February 11, 2021 / 2:11 pm

      The Eskimo Express is a first generation Omega. The Super Gauge Express and Panoramic Express are third generation Omegas.


      • Trail Master February 11, 2021 / 4:04 pm

        Is that the same for the Cabriolet?


        • Utah Powder Skier February 11, 2021 / 4:51 pm

          That would be correct, the easiest way to tell is that the sides aren’t curved like the LPA.


  4. Phoenix March 6, 2021 / 10:00 pm

    This lift now has pretty cool digital displays which cycle through maps, weather, capacity, snow conditions, and (in theory) live traffic cams.


  5. Trail Master March 13, 2021 / 4:23 pm

    Why do they have a support arm for the 2nd tower? It seams like they raised the tower up 1-2 feet because you can see the extra splice, that is the same as the rest of the tower, at the top of the tube before the crossarm.


    • Phoenix March 19, 2021 / 1:20 pm

      Probably because the ground is really soft and wet there and they don’t want the tower to have any chance of moving and getting out of alignment.


      • pbropetech December 26, 2021 / 5:06 pm

        Yup. Note also that the tower assemblies are combos, which are more prone to harmonic vibrations because of the lack of load. This would exacerbate any soft-foot foundation issues. I’m guessing they found this during load test or initial run-in. I rode it the first season and it was already there.


  6. Joshua Redman January 9, 2022 / 7:26 am

    In the winter is the ground a soft foundation and maybe unstable?


  7. Aidan Reilly June 2, 2022 / 9:49 pm

    This lift has a Maximum hourly capacity of 3400PPH. Design HP is 980 HP. Design speed is 1000FPM.


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