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Why the West Wall Chairlift mattered

Why the West Wall Chairlift mattered in a single photo. It’s not just late spring[…]

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Why the West Wall Chairlift mattered

Why the West Wall Chairlift mattered in a single photo. It’s not just late spring this happens, that was the situation through February half term in 2017 – see here .  The above photo is from early May 2014 – a whole month after the WW Poma last run, meaning the Ciste Gully was complete for the entirity of the School Easter holidays,[…]

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CAMPAIGN STATEMENT: 25 AUGUST 2017

Today on Cairn Gorm, Cairngorm Mountain Ltd (CML) / Natural Retreats (NR), instructed by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), completed clear-felling the entire line of towers on the West Wall Chairlift and the Lower Ciste Chairlift. As we watched, heavy plant smashed apart the West Wall Chairlift drive station, with the final tower on the Lower Chairlift being cut down[…]

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West Wall Chairlift smashed up on CairnGorm

Today as you read this post the West Wall Chairlift lies smashed up on the slopes of Coire na Ciste on CairnGorm Mountain. Work is underway to fell the lower Coire na Ciste Chairlift and removal of snow fencing from the Aonach Bowl runs are progressing in tandem. These are a couple of photos from the late afternoon of Wednesday[…]

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The Ciste Gully should be the best lift served run in Scotland at present

If the West Wall Chairlift was operable and the boardwalk replaced either with a path or new walkway then the Ciste Gully would currently be the best lift served offering in Scotland at present. It was no accident the chairlifts were sited where they are and the boardwalk built, the natural snowfields in Coire na Ciste converge in the Ciste[…]

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Capacity unused as Half Term skiers turned away

During the first week of the half term period snowsports ticket sales were suspended on several days because of limited uplift and terrain, on other days the limited offering made demand self limiting – but both have the same outcome potential snowsports customers disappointed and revenue that could have been taken by the mountain business lost permanently. So what if there[…]

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Coire na Ciste has a lot to offer the mountain business in difficult seasons

With snow now falling it’s worth a look back over the first two months of meteorological winter and what Coire na Ciste could have offered to the viability of the mountain business and could do again in similar scenarios. There has been an exceptional run of benign weather through autumn and the first 2 months of winter, such that had[…]

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A Thank You…

Save the Ciste would like to say a huge thank you to all who came along to the Cairngorm Hotel on Tuesday evening for our presentation and discussion on ‘Rethinking CairnGorm Mountain’. This photo of the Ciste Chair and Gully were taken the following morning. From the SSC weather station data around 150 hours of snow making would have been[…]

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Presentation @ Cairngorm Hotel Tue 22nd Nov

CairnGorm Mountain is being left behind – with economic consquences for the whole of Strathspey. Alone out of Scotland’s five commercial resorts in lacking an operational chairlift, this will be even more the case with new uplift at Glenshee and Glencoe – both of which are closer to Scotlands core population centres. We believe it is time to rethink CairnGorm[…]

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“The economic heart of our largest national park continues its downhill spiral”

Last Friday, Dave Morris former director of Ramblers Scotland had a letter published in the Herald newspaper titled “Time for the Scottish Government to take action to bring about rural prosperity”. The full text of the letter can be read on Herald website. There is much discussion at present about further Land Reform and the opportunities it could present for[…]

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Broadening the Summer appeal of CairnGorm Mountain

The Ciste Chairlifts would significantly broaden the summer offering and appeal of CairnGorm Mountain. As well as spectacular scenic chair rides, the chairs uniquely provide an opportunity for lift assisted hiking (including option of chair up, train down and some gentle hiking in-between). The Ciste Chair would provide access to the interpretation centre and small cafe at the proposed hydro[…]

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