WHAT'S HAPPENING AT CAIRNGORM?
A number of folks have been asking about the skiing….
Firstly, regarding Cairngorm that has been in the news recently. The report on the funicular is due mid December - we should know then if it is going to run this winter or not. If the train runs its obviously business as usual, if not we require good snow cover low down (at car park level) in order to use the ski tows to get access to the upper part of the ski area, which is more snow sure.
To help this situation Cairngorm as I write this is installing brand new snow making equipment; extra snow cannons to service the car park tow and run back to the bottom, and the new ‘Snow Factory’ will be making snow to create a beginner area at the bottom. The Snow Factory is guaranteed to run no matter what the temperature.
So to summarise, if we have a reasonably cold, normal winter intermediate and advanced skiers should have the whole ski area
to go at, even if the train doesn’t run. Beginners will only have access to the new beginner area at the bottom, so can learn the basics there. The administrators have made a commitment that there will be no further redundancies and the ski area will operate this winter.
For those staying in Newtonmore, Cairngorm is still our closest ski area and would be your plan A :)
However, we are lucky to be extremely well situated close to two other Scottish ski areas. One hour west is ‘Nevis Range’ ski area, which last year enjoyed epic snow conditions, and just over an hour east we have ‘The Lecht 2090’ which is a great wee ski area for all levels, and offers the best beginner facilities in Scotland. The drive to both is stunning by the way :)