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 improvements within the Ciste. Our proposals now extend well beyond simple reinstatement of the Chairlifts and indeed would enhance the chairlifts by making them more user friendly for less experienced skiers and boarders, as well as providing for walk on/off use opening up the scope for use beyond snowsports.
Our plans were very well received by Natural Retreats and particularly the potential to take advantage of modern snow making systems to utilise the terrain in the lower portion of the Coire for novices, snowplough tuners and a dedicated kids learning zone, sheltered from the worst ravages of the weather that can regularly affect the upper Mountain and the Ptarmigan Bowl.
The Map provides an indicative placement for the segregated learning zone that would be served by a magic carpet or handle rope tow. The provision of toilet facilities and a warming hut incorporated into a potential Hydro Electric Turbine building immediately adjacent to the learning zone in proximity to the proposed mid-line load/unload area on the Ciste Chair (red circle) would provide an ideal learning environment on the most sheltered area of the mountain. Located at lower elevation and hidden from the Strath beyond flood-lighting would provide a new opportunity to provide first time snowsports instruction to local school children on weekday evenings.
It was agreed with Natural Retreats senior management that the campaign group will continue to develop these proposals over the coming months and we will continue to keep supporters informed via Facebook and our blog at savetheciste.com .