/ NEWS: Change Afoot at Cairngorm Mountain
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>My dream is to see both the prestigious international summer and winter X Games held here.
Jesus Christ. The man's mad.
Is it too late for some eco-terrorism?
Anyone heard of 'Natural Retreats' ? although after the series of charlatans, frauds & incompetents to come to Aviemore in the past they can't be much worse
I can't really see people from other European countries bar Scotland regularly planning skiing or boarding holidays on cairngorm, the snow is not reliable enough, the wind is often too high, the visibility often close to nil, the runs short, typical conditions icy, the queueing time ridiculous etc etc etc
which is why for many years they've tried to develop non ski/boarding activities, even the funicular can be viewed as part of that as a ski on/ski off chair would be better for most skiers (elsewhere in Europe funiculars are for usually for access to the resort from the valley). But then the bad weather, poor visibility etc are still true in summer & if the attraction is indoor why build it half way up a mountain?
Do you think they'll want to build a mountain bike track like aonach mor?
I think the funicular is equivalent to a large cable car as you get on euro ski resorts, it was probably cheaper to build as a funiclular and the land layout allowed it.
Just wondering why the funicular was referred to as dysfunctional? Seemed to be working fine last I looked.
Is that why they plan to elevate the Cairn Gorms so that the snow becomes more reliable and the runs longer. As for the other problems not sure how they'll sort them out.
As Climbers, Walkers, Ski-mountaineers, Guides, Instructors, outdoor enthusiasts please take note. Although investment will enhance present facilities, provide better tea, Coffee and cake for bus tourists and in the future allow Cairngorm mountain sole controlled use of the mountain it will not change anything for you.
To gain additional funding from outside the UK from Europe large projected visitor numbers had environmental groups only allow the development of the funicular go ahead with the implementation of a closed system. The closed system does not allow anyone to leave the building Summer or Winter if walking or climbing I.e. On foot and leaving the ski area. No one in Winter ski-mountaineering can use the funicular for access, only drag lifts which often have no snow at lower levels. Presently the only mountain bike use has been utilising Cairngorm mountains hire bikes and with a guide to descend. Only Cairngorm rangers can take walkers to the summit using the funicular. So no UIAGM guides, MIC, MIA, WML, SML or any other professional or recreational person wishing to use the funicular is able to access the back Corries or ski tour from the Funicular train.
Changing the Closed system through European Parliament must be a priority but will be costly and require some considerable lobbying to get it going but perhaps a new change of interest on Cairngorm will allow this. Perhaps we write to the new owners and let them know our views or a online petition?
"summer and winter X games". what are "X games" when they're at home? Never heard of 'em.
> "summer and winter X games". what are "X games" when they're at home? Never heard of 'em.
They are like ordinary games, only angrier.
Lots of jumping around on snowboards, skis, skateboards, bikes etc.
Ski tourers have been able to use the funicular for a while and a one way ticket is sold for this.
I don't think that's right: my understanding is that the ski touring ticket is for 2 rides on surface lifts (which can get you to the Ptarmigan).
You are not able to get a single only ski touring ticket for the Funicular, you can only use surface lifts if leaving the ski area.
Dysfunctional because it was inoperable during much of the winter season due to being snowed up