Save the Ciste meets with Natural Retreats on CairnGorm

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.

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