West Wall Chairlift smashed up on CairnGorm

Today as you read this post the West Wall Chairlift lies smashed up on the slopes of Coire na Ciste on CairnGorm Mountain. Work is underway to fell the lower Coire na Ciste Chairlift and removal of snow fencing from the Aonach Bowl runs are progressing in tandem. These are a couple of photos from the late afternoon of Wednesday[…]

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Coire na Ciste has a lot to offer the mountain business in difficult seasons

With snow now falling it’s worth a look back over the first two months of meteorological winter and what Coire na Ciste could have offered to the viability of the mountain business and could do again in similar scenarios. There has been an exceptional run of benign weather through autumn and the first 2 months of winter, such that had[…]

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A Thank You…

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[…]

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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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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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