Aviemore & Glenmore Community Trust

The recently formed Aviemore and Glenmore Community Trust is now open for membership! The trust exists to explore the opportunities that community ownership of CairnGorm Mountain could bring for visitors, employees, the community, walkers, skiers, etc. If you would like to see a different future guided by the community then please join the trust, and ask your parents, children, friends[…]

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Currently on CairnGorm…

The remains of the Coire na Ciste and West Wall Chairlift lie smashed up in the roped off Coire na Ciste Carpark on CairnGorm, following the HIE funded breakup work by McGowan Ltd. Today’s post on Parks Watch Scotland looks at some of the issues around the procurement of this contract. A ‘Quick Quote’ system was used for the contract[…]

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Why the West Wall Chairlift mattered

Why the West Wall Chairlift mattered in a single photo. It’s not just late spring this happens, that was the situation through February half term in 2017 – see here .  The above photo is from early May 2014 – a whole month after the WW Poma last run, meaning the Ciste Gully was complete for the entirity of the School Easter holidays,[…]

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CAMPAIGN STATEMENT: 25 AUGUST 2017

Today on Cairn Gorm, Cairngorm Mountain Ltd (CML) / Natural Retreats (NR), instructed by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), completed clear-felling the entire line of towers on the West Wall Chairlift and the Lower Ciste Chairlift. As we watched, heavy plant smashed apart the West Wall Chairlift drive station, with the final tower on the Lower Chairlift being cut down[…]

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The Ciste Gully should be the best lift served run in Scotland at present

If the West Wall Chairlift was operable and the boardwalk replaced either with a path or new walkway then the Ciste Gully would currently be the best lift served offering in Scotland at present. It was no accident the chairlifts were sited where they are and the boardwalk built, the natural snowfields in Coire na Ciste converge in the Ciste[…]

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Capacity unused as Half Term skiers turned away

During the first week of the half term period snowsports ticket sales were suspended on several days because of limited uplift and terrain, on other days the limited offering made demand self limiting – but both have the same outcome potential snowsports customers disappointed and revenue that could have been taken by the mountain business lost permanently. So what if there[…]

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Presentation @ Cairngorm Hotel Tue 22nd Nov

CairnGorm Mountain is being left behind – with economic consquences for the whole of Strathspey. Alone out of Scotland’s five commercial resorts in lacking an operational chairlift, this will be even more the case with new uplift at Glenshee and Glencoe – both of which are closer to Scotlands core population centres. We believe it is time to rethink CairnGorm[…]

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“The economic heart of our largest national park continues its downhill spiral”

Last Friday, Dave Morris former director of Ramblers Scotland had a letter published in the Herald newspaper titled “Time for the Scottish Government to take action to bring about rural prosperity”. The full text of the letter can be read on Herald website. There is much discussion at present about further Land Reform and the opportunities it could present for[…]

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Broadening the Summer appeal of CairnGorm Mountain

The Ciste Chairlifts would significantly broaden the summer offering and appeal of CairnGorm Mountain. As well as spectacular scenic chair rides, the chairs uniquely provide an opportunity for lift assisted hiking (including option of chair up, train down and some gentle hiking in-between). The Ciste Chair would provide access to the interpretation centre and small cafe at the proposed hydro[…]

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‘More powder days than park days’

‘I’ve had more powder days than park days this year think I’ve had 2 park days in total’ was a comment left on Facebook. Natural Retreats say they have a vision for world class Terrain Park and Half Pipe facilities on CairnGorm Mountain, but even if such a park is built – it has to be maintained and available for[…]

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