Natural Retreats have partly removed the Coire na Ciste boardwalk which had fallen into a state of disrepair and been partially demolished early summer by CML. Despite the majority of the boardwalk being removed, a large amount of broken detritus (posts, wire, nails, and boarding) has been left on the hillside, and we today ask the operator to urgently address and clear up this dangerous mess prior to it being covered by snow.
The boardwalk provided the vital safe link across the steep heathery slopes off the lower West Wall to connect the snow-sure natural ski runs of Coire na Ciste with the uplift infrastructure, enabling Coire na Ciste to remain open well into the springtime. The Ciste Gully has been kept closed on numerous occasions in the past few seasons due to ‘safety concerns’ regards skiers crossing the lower West Wall in order to return to the WWP.
The boardwalk existed for a reason and we therefore call on the operator to announce to their customers the plans they will no doubt have for the replacement of this essential piece of infrastructure.