The West Wall – if only there was a Chairlift

This month on Cairn Gorm, skiers are unable to access the biggest snowfield on the mountain, underlining the necessity of our redevelopment proposals for this area.

West Wall & Ciste Gully

The above photograph showing Coire na Ciste a few days ago. The West Wall ski run is wide and complete to the foot of the mothballed West Wall Chairlift. In previous years the chairlift provided lift access here. Because the chairlift is not in operation, skiers are not now able to ski in Coire na Ciste for the majority of the ski season: an area that accounts for approximately half of the ski resort – and also includes the best advanced skiing on the mountain.

There is of course a second ski lift in this area, a surface lift – the West Wall Poma – but, despite the ski runs in Coire na Ciste being persistently skiable since early winter, and continue to be so today, the operator – like last year – was only able to run the Poma for some 15 days due to a lack of snow on the ski lift’s exposed uptrack. Skiers are therefore missing out – and not only that, but so too is the local economy.

We at the Save the Ciste Development Action Group are working hard on a series of multi-stage and multi-activity proposals for the redevelopment of Coire na Ciste. We want to bring this area back into use, sensibly and in a manner that is financially viable, for the benefit of everybody. We look forward to sharing those plans with you at a public presentation in due course.

Please continue to show your support by liking Save the Ciste on Facebook and by signing the e-petition at www.savetheciste.com . Thanks to Doug Bryce for the photograph of CairnGorm’s Coire na Ciste taken from Meall a’ Bhuachaille.

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