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Safety upgrades at Cairn Gorm

Published: 13/02/2019

A series of safety upgrades are being made at Cairngorm Mountain by the new operating company, Cairngorm Mountain (Scotland) Limited (CMSL).

This follows recent visits by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) linked to Improvement Notices issued to the previous operator in December, while it was in administration.

In addressing issues raised in the notices, works to the drive station at the West Wall Poma have already been completed and, weather conditions allowing, a new walkway is due to be installed at the Coire na Ciste tow in the next week. Both tows are now ready for operation when conditions allow.

CMSL is also reviewing working practices in the waste water treatment plant, an area not accessible to the public.

In committing to maintaining and investing in the mountain infrastructure, the company is exploring the use of asset management software to help plan routine maintenance across the whole resort.

CMSL is a subsidiary of Cairngorm Estate owner, Highland and Islands Enterprise (HIE). It took over operations on the mountain in December. In doing so, the new firm inherited three Improvement Notices issued by the HSE to the previous operator while it was in administration. These are being addressed as a matter of urgency and CMSL had constructive meetings with the HSE to identify and deal with any further issues that may require attention.

Susan Smith, head of business development with HIE, said:

“Safety is the number one priority at Cairngorm. CMSL has been quick in taking decisive action to address issues inherited from the previous operator and improve the visitor experience. This work will continue so that full compliance with HSE requirements is ensured in future.”

Ross Harris, Interim Chief Executive of CMSL said:

“At Cairngorm Mountain we are committed to maintaining and improving the mountain infrastructure in order to provide the best possible experience for our customers. 

“Snow conditions currently permit top to bottom skiing with uplift provided by the car park T bar and the M1 Poma tows.  Artificial snow is supporting good skiing at lower levels.   

“The weather conditions at Cairngorm Mountain continue to dictate the amount of skiing available on a day to day basis and all customers are encouraged to check online at for the latest updates on conditions.”

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