We are pleased to report that the Save the Ciste campaign was invited to sit down with senior members of management from NR and discuss the possibilities for future operations [winter & summer] in Coire na Ciste.
Discussions took place on Tuesday 8 July with Ewan Kearney [chief of operations] and Adam Gough [head of the technical services team & the man who will manage on-going and future investment into the snow-sports infrastructure]
We explained to them why there is a Save the Ciste campaign and also detailed the significant support behind it. Discussions also centred on the operational strategy that marginalises Coire na Ciste and its impact, now evidenced by a decline in market share.
We were very well received and it was good to engage with a management team who had no preconceptions and were very keen to listen to what we had to say. It’s very much a can-do attitude now and the management are interested in finding solutions and engaging with stakeholder groups.
It was agreed, on the day, that the campaign would produce a detailed plan for the re-development of Coire na Ciste. This plan will then be presented to NR following which we’ll jointly investigate the economic/financial case.
It will be a tough assignment but it is one that we will very willingly undertake. We’d hope to have this plan completed by mid Autumn.
Our view is that this is a very major step in the right direction and a considerable divergence from what has gone before.
Nobody is making any promises and it is very early days but greatly encouraging.
Ewan Kearney told the Strathspey Herald following the meeting:
The meeting was extremely positive and give us the opportunity to get a first hand explanation of areas around the mountain that could be enhanced operationally to improve the skiing experience for beginners, intermediates and experts. We are going to review a number of the suggestions made in detail.