“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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Rethinking Coire na Ciste to reinvigorate CairnGorm Mountain

We are pleased to announce the summary of our proposals for the re-development of Coire na Ciste. It took a bit longer than we expected – everything has been done by volunteer effort and we’re grateful to numerous companies and individuals who’ve given their time to get this proposal to where it is. We’ve been very sensitive to the necessity[…]

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Have you say on shaping CairnGorm’s future – Week commencing Mon 26th Oct

Next week (commencing Mon 26th Oct) skiers and snowboarders have an opportunity to have their say on the shape of things to come on CairnGorm Mountain as CML and Natural Retreats launch a series of consultations over a development plan that initially at least will centre on replacement of the Daylodge base building in Coire Cas. What would your priority[…]

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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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