Coire na Ciste – Strathy feature article

The campaign recently invited Gav Musgrove, the Editor of the Strathspey and Badenoch Herald, to our Campaign HQ in Aviemore for an exclusive insight into the team’s proposals for the future re/development of Coire na Ciste. This phased series of proposals, with the reinstatement of both chairlifts included, will also include a hydro scheme with interpretative centre, accommodation and redevelopment/landscaping[…]

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A chill in the air…

Snow making is underway today on the Zig Zags that bypass the Gunbarrel in Coire Cas on CairnGorm Mountain. You can make out the plumes of snow on the mid-mountain webcam at the SSC Hut looking towards the Fiacaill. If the snow-gun icon is green on the SSC Hut weather data table on Winterhighland’s mid-mountain webcam page then conditions are[…]

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Presentation to Natural Retreats

Save the Ciste campaign group is pleased to confirm that our meeting with Natural Retreats took place as scheduled on CairnGorm Mountain on the morning of Thursday 27th November. We presented our outline proposals for a multifaceted redevelopment of Coire na Ciste, that will provide enhanced experience for snowsport customers of all ability levels as well as bringing about environmental[…]

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A busy week for Save the Ciste

A busy and exciting week ahead for the Save the Ciste campaign. On Thursday several members of the campaign will be meeting with Natural Retreats and giving a presentation on options and concepts for the redevelopment of Coire na Ciste. The objective is not to simply re-instate as was, but to bring the Ciste Chairlifts back into service as part[…]

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The (ex) Boardwalk

Natural Retreats have partly removed the Coire na Ciste boardwalk which had fallen into a state of disrepair and been partially demolished early summer by CML. Despite the majority of the boardwalk being removed, a large amount of broken detritus (posts, wire, nails, and boarding) has been left on the hillside, and we today ask the operator to urgently address[…]

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Late November meeting with Natural Retreats

Following the disappointment of Wednesday 8 October we received an apology from the Chief Operating Officer at Natural Retreats regarding the cancelled meeting. Following further email discussions we are happy to report that Natural Retreats have today confirmed a new meeting with them on Thursday 27 November 2014. In the meantime the campaign team continues to explore potential ways forward[…]

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Natural Retreat’s Ciste Retreat

The campaign is disappointed to report that today’s scheduled meeting regarding the future of Coire na Ciste was called off by Natural Retreats at the eleventh hour. The scheduled meeting date of 8 October 2014 was agreed with Natural Retreats management in early September. This morning at 08:53hrs on the scheduled day of the meeting we received email communication which[…]

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Thank you

Thank you to those of the local ski community who came along to the Doo Below in Aviemore last night for a chat with a few of the campaign team about the future of Coire na Ciste. We will be able to pass on the positive feedback when we meet with Natural Retreats on Wednesday and will post further information[…]

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A wee do in the Doo Below – Mon 6 Oct @7.30pm

Progress is continuing with developing the campaign’s outline proposals for the phased redevelopment of Coire na Ciste, and the Save the Ciste Campaign are preparing for a further meeting with Natural Retreats – the new owners of CairnGorm Mountain Limited during the second week of October. Prior to this, we would like to extend an open invitation to all interested[…]

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Lower Aonach – An asset that needs reclaimed

In our previous blog post we made mention of the potential for a new dedicated terrain park area on the lower half of the Aonach Bowl, a run which is currently only partly lift served due to the loss of the Aonach Poma and non-operation of the Coire na Ciste Chairlift. The full length of the Aonach is many a[…]

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