An example of why the Ciste is vital to CairnGorm Mountain

Sunday on CairnGorm, was an example of just how vital a redeveloped Coire na Ciste would be. The two Ptarmigan Bowl ski tows were closed due to weather, but the Lower Ciste chairlift could have be running to provide access to our planned new world class terrain park in the mid-coire area, plus blue & green runs back to the Ciste carpark, and – very significantly – access to a dedicated new learning zone in the area below the Lower Aonach on the floor of the core that is low down and sheltered, providing a better learning environment.

Such a Ciste learning area would provide the opportunity to sell all-inclusive packages: accommodation and meals (as part of our proposed redevelopment of the Ciste Base Area), lift passes, equipment hire and ski school lessons. The plans for the mid-coire area would be snow-reliable for up to 100 days per season with the introduction of a snowmaking operation, but even when there is no snow a neveplast slope would act as a winter back-up, and of course can be for summer use.

Picture taken looking into the core on Saturday: just look at that West Wall!!

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