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Publication of the report into the closed furnicular has been delayed until at least mid-December. It's another blow for the resort.

A report into the structural problems that have closed the resort's funicular railway has been delayed.

It has been shut for more than a month as we reported earlier:

There are real concerns for the resort and for the staff who work there.

Already the main ski school has told its instructors there will be no work this season and events have been cancelled.

The report had been due to be published on December 3rd.

Bad weather has apparently made it difficult to examine the foundations of the railway.

It is expected the report will be published in mid-December.

"If they couldn't do the inspection in the weather we have been having then what hope is there of actually starting to fix the thing as the winter sets in?" said a statement from the Save the Ciste pressure group.

We post the organisation's full response lower down this article.

It is feared the lift will be closed all season and will have a significant impact on business.

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As we mentioned earlier reaction has been swift and critical from the Save The Ciste pressure group and we publish it in full below:

"If they couldn't do the inspection in the weather we have been having then what hope is there of actually starting to fix the thing as the winter sets in?

Meanwhile, the silence from the so-called Funicular "Response Team", formed in October and now having met four times, remains deafening with nothing in particular to say publicly.

Furthermore, Natural Retreats management consider it "entirely unreasonable" that they be expected attend each of these meetings.

This "response team" certainly is not doing anything to promote the fact that Strathspey remains open for business as any sort of destination.

Even the announced forthcoming arrival of a Snowfactory (with works commenced apparently before planning consent was given) hasn't led to much in the way of public information, such as: when will it be operational, how big an area will it cover, when will lessons be available, will it be lift accessed or standing classes only, and how and with whom can these be booked?

Bizarrely, the operator's website continues to advertise lesson booking with their ski school, despite announcing to their staff weeks ago that their ski school was being closed for the winter.

Meanwhile, customer frustration is rising; Cairngorm have removed their Facebook page rather than respond to perfectly reasonable comments placed there by their loyal customers; and season ticket holders requesting refunds or further information are having emails ignored, or are not being given information.

It simply is not good enough, and once customers go elsewhere they may very well not return.

The Save the Ciste Campaign stands ready to assist the Response wherever possible, and pledges to keep all stakeholders fully abreast of the situation as it unfolds.

Scottish skiing remains open for business.

Stand by for further updates shortly."

Here at PlanetSKI we will be seeking further reacton and updating this article.

Meanwhile other Scottish resorts are preparing for winter with some opening slopes next weekend after artificial snow has been made:

It's been a good week for snow making ans we're still on track to have some liited snowsports open for next weekend," said a statement from Glencoe.

"Exactly what the Snowsports will look like we won't know until the end of the week."

"With a bit of help from nature the best case scenario is we will be able to open the sledging area, a dedicated beginners area and the bottom half of Coire Pollach."

"If things don't go quite to plan we still aim to open the sledging area and have an area for beginners ski and snowboard lessons."

And here's the snow factory continuing to pump it out.

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