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CairnGorm future on display
Monday October 26, 2015 - Email this article to a friend

The operators of the Scottish ski resort have unveiled their multi million pound vision to turn the resort into a world-class year-round destination.


Natural Retreats, the leisure company which has a 25-year lease to run the mountain, has just put its ambitious proposals before the public for the first time in nearby Aviemore. 

Further exhibitions are scheduled to take place at CairnGorm Mountain base station.

The plans, which we first reported here on PlanetSKI, will cost an estimated £10m to £15, and include an artificial ski slope, more snow-making facilities, further upgrades to lifts and eventually an indoor freesports centre catering for winter and summer sports.

The Day Lodge at Coire Cas will be replaced. 

It will house food and drink outlets, shops, ski and bike hire, a mountain rescue and medical centre, a creche and overnight staff accommodation.

Artist's impression of new Cairngorm Artist's impression of new Cairngorm













Artist's impression of new Cairngorm Artist's impression of new Cairngorm













The company says that wherever possible it will use local firms to carry out the work and source Scottish materials for the construction of the new building. 

As part of efforts to inform and consult the community, locals got their first glimpse of the proposals at Aviemore's Cairngorm Hotel on Monday afternoon. 

The exhibition continued there on Tuesday  27 October from 11.30am to 7pm.

It then moves to the CairnGorm mountain base station, with public access on three further dates:  28th October, 4th November and 5th November, from 11.30am to 7pm.

The management is promising to listen to the comments and observations of local people, businesses and tourists and incorporate them into future designs "wherever feasible". 

The Head of Technical Services for Natural Retreats, Adam Gough, said they wanted to create a world-class facility that matched the stunning setting and increased the long-term economic benefit to local communities.

"Current activities on the mountain are heavily weather-dependent and the buildings are no longer fit for purpose," he said.

"This project will address both of these problems and transform CairnGorm into a four-season mountain destination.

"We expect that this additional activity at the mountain will result in the creation of an additional 40 to 50 jobs".

The developemnt is firmly fixed at attracting summer, as well as winter, business.

The new CairngormThe new Cairngorm













Adam Gough told PlanetSKI last month that one of the most ambitious longer-term projects is to build a new indoor centre for winter and summer sports, which could include ramps, kickers, climbing walls and trampolines.

The development will based on the Woodward Copper Barn in Colorado.

Woodward Copper Barn, Colorado Woodward Copper Barn, Colorado















The company has said it hopes the planning process can be "positively concluded" early in 2016. 

It would like to start work next summer "subject to consents and the detailed design and tendering process".

The building work will have to take place outside the ski season so will be phased across several years. 

CairnGorm with old Day Lodge to the rightCairnGorm with old Day Lodge to the right
















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