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 possible since the mild blip on Mon 14th November.
That means that had the proposals STC outlined on Tuesday evening already been in place, the Ciste Chair, dedicated sheltered low level learning area and the lower Ciste Gully from the Chairlift interchange to the Carpark would have been open for lift served snowsports from mid-week.
With modern automated snowmaking the old rules don’t apply anymore, the best place to make snow is where it will suffer least ablation in mild / wet and/or windy thaws. The relatively sheltered nature of the steep sided yet gentle lower slopes of Coire na Ciste fit that bill very well.