Measuring Potential (of the lower Aonach)

On Wednesday 10th June Save the Ciste undertook a site visit to survey and visualise the options for utilizing the currently non-lift served lower Aonach from the Coire na Ciste Chairlift. These measurements will guide modelling of snow making potential in the lower Ciste. Snow making which will change utilization of the Ciste Chairlift from almost exclusively an access lift[…]

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The West Wall – if only there was a Chairlift

This month on Cairn Gorm, skiers are unable to access the biggest snowfield on the mountain, underlining the necessity of our redevelopment proposals for this area. The above photograph showing Coire na Ciste a few days ago. The West Wall ski run is wide and complete to the foot of the mothballed West Wall Chairlift. In previous years the chairlift[…]

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Show some love on Valentine’s Day for Coire na Ciste

The schools are out for February half term, and it is all go in Strathspey. On Cairn Gorm, while the Coire na Ciste Chairlifts stand still, several shuttle buses will be on stand-by in the Ciste carpark to ferry skiers round to the facilities in Coire Cas. Today, we consider some of the benefits that our multi-stage proposals (being created[…]

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“Invest or be left behind”

Last week Save the Ciste received a two page spread in Strathspey and Badenoch Herald. The article reveals several of the exciting ski tow developments that are due to take place at Scotland’s other ski centres over the coming few years, and highlights the necessity for investment on Cairn Gorm too. The article comes as the Ptarmigan Bowl beginner ski[…]

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Allt na Ciste Hydro Scheme: Extra benefits for skiers!

Funding the Ciste Redevelopment Project + Providing a Guaranteed Cash Flow: we propose a small-scale Hydro-Electric Scheme in Coire na Ciste which will have a calculated minimum income of £68,320 per annum [at 2012 figures]. This forms part of our phased plans, which will see the redevelopment project partially self-funded. More detail can be found on our page. The potential[…]

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Outline of our proposals in the Strathy

Save the Ciste publicly announced an outline of our proposals for the future redevelop Coire na Ciste on CairnGorm in the Strathy on Thursday 15th January. The group’s proposals are being worked up from the original Save the Ciste manifesto at the invitation of the new operator, Natural Retreats to redevelop the area into an exciting year round destination, while[…]

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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[…]

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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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