Review of uplift facilities at Cairngorm Mountain

Key points:

  • There is immense unlocked potential at Cairngorm that can be unleashed with targeted, strategic investments
  • Cairngorm's potential carrying capacity is 2,700 but actual capacity is only 1,600
  • Snow fencing is crucial to operations at Cairngorm and the system should be used and upgraded as necessary to consistently provide snow on the slopes and reduce snow drifting
  • Cairngorm doesn't have a high enough skier capacity to justify the expense of reopening and running Coire na Ciste, nor would it effectively resolve the overcrowding and long queues.
  • Cairngorm and the wider community should work together to present a unique experience and seamless message about the destination
  • New infrastructure and technology should be put in place to mitigate against closures of the access road, funicular, lifts, and terrain due to weather events
  • A mountain coaster and zip line tour would provide outdoor recreation experiences to a wide range of tourists and interests, while generating revenues
  • A lift−served mountain biking system is consistent with the 'outdoor adventure' orientation of the area and would be accessible to many

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