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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Late August Update

It’s good to be able to report that Natural Retreats forwarded a copy of the consultants report with respect to the possibilty of developing Mountain Biking in the lower Ciste. We took advantage of the good weather today and made a site visit into Coire na Ciste. We wanted to have a good look at how the Mountain Biking proposals[…]

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Developing a vision for Coire na Ciste

The SavetheCiste team have not been idle during recent weeks. It may seem like an easy job…….fix the chairlifts and get them spinning again. That’s certainly the aim but there is a lot to do as the objective is not just to reinstate things as they were, but to improve upon it. We are exploring full downloading on both chairs[…]

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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 &[…]

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CairnGorm Ciste Talks A Good Move

Strathspey Herald Wrote on 26th June: It’s encouraging that the new operators of CairnGorm Mountain are prepared to sit down with members of the Save the Ciste Campaign to listen to their views. There are undoubtedly major access problems in Coire na Ciste, which offers the best skiing on the mountain but too often is closed off, sometimes without explanation.[…]

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Renewing the Calls for Chairlift Reinstatement

Since the Save the Ciste campaign was launched during the 2010 season, the rolling 5 year average skier day figure has climbed to over 104,000 per season, twice the 5 year average in 2007. As many will be aware Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has pursued a 2 year long process to select a new operator for the facilities on[…]

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Tomorrow is the Day (supposedly)…

Tomorrow (Wednesday 11th June) is the day Natural Retreats UK Ltd are due to take ownership of CML (CairnGorm Mountain Ltd) from HIE (Highlands and Islands Enterprise). With Natural Retreats onboard, the Save the Ciste Campaign is renewing calls for reinstatement of the Coire na Ciste and West Wall Chairlifts. We’ve refreshed and updated the campaign website this month and[…]

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Natural Retreats – 5 Year Plan

The following outline of Natural Retreats 5 year plan for CairnGorm Mountain is taken from the Press Release issued on 7th April 2014: Investment Natural Retreats have a £6.2m five-year investment plan which is being delivered across three phases. Phase 1 involves refurbishing the day lodge and retail space, refurbishing Ptarmigan restaurant and exhibition space, enhancing signage and way-finding across[…]

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