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Cairngorm Funicular to be Repaired

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Worrying that the document mentions winter 21/22, is there any guarantee that the charade will finish and skiing access to the summit will be available in season 22/23
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I’ll save you the bother of worrying. No.
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It sounds as if the more work that is done, the more problems are found and that there isn’t at this point a final design solution to all the issues with the Funicular viaduct. From the extremely heavily redacted document and what was said at the Aviemore and Glenmore Community Trust AGM last month, it seems a decision on proceeding with the required renewal of the funicular safety and control system will only be taken once the viaduct strengthening works are signed off.

The chances of it running next season are slim and slim is preparing to leave the building! rolling eyes
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Glencoe putting their chairs on the cable today. Cool

https://www.facebook.com/111429118884878/posts/5835911816436551/?d=n

It may be the case that the new plateau chair is the 17th and last snowsports chairlift in Scotland ? If it meets demand on the busy days I carnt see the Cliffy needing to be replaced now.

The new Plateau triple is great news for Scottish skiing fans and comes as a particular high point in a long spell of positive projects there. Cool

Perhaps the only significant improvement remaining on the hill is the extension of the plateau cafe which might increase revenue on busy days ?
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Peter S wrote:
Glencoe putting their chairs on the cable today. Cool

https://www.facebook.com/111429118884878/posts/5835911816436551/?d=n

It may be the case that the new plateau chair is the 17th and last snowsports chairlift in Scotland ? If it meets demand on the busy days I carnt see the Cliffy needing to be replaced now.


I'm not certain, but hasn't Glenshee got plans for a new chairlift?

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The new Plateau triple is great news for Scottish skiing fans and comes as a particular high point in a long spell of positive projects there. Cool


Agreed, the new base station cafe to replace the old one burnt down in the unfortunate fire is a good addition.

If only the powers that be running Cairngorm had half the wisdom and competence of those running Glencoe and the other Scottish ski areas then the ongoing fiasco at Cairngorm would be very different.
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Permission to replace the cairnwell tbar with a 4 person chair will probably have expired several years ago. I suspect the money and any grant support for that was diverted into their new snow factory. I also wonder whether there would be demand these days for more uplift capacity at Glenshee?
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Peter S wrote:

Perhaps the only significant improvement remaining on the hill is the extension of the plateau cafe which might increase revenue on busy days ?


That is why they built the road Wink
Longer term plan was to use the road to help build the new chairlift and a cafe.
Building a road cost them same as getting in a heli to construct the chairlift.

Apparently new cafe will eventually be located at top of the new Rannoch Chair
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Peter S wrote:
I also wonder whether there would be demand these days for more uplift capacity at Glenshee?


That depends : If they get snow there is huge demand for skiing at Glenshee.
While they don't get a long season they can attract 20K punters a day when all the lifts out to Glas Maol are spinning.

Just a shame their last decent winter (2021) was under complete covid lockdown.
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Wee video on the Glencoe Facebook!

https://fb.watch/dHiZoFPwCN/

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@Haggis_Trap,
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Apparently new cafe will eventually be located at top of the new Rannoch Chair


That’s an interesting idea. It would move the cafe up the hill another 300 feet to 2600’. It would centre skiers in an area with more options, more reliable snow, and better views as well as increase demand to use the new chair. Clever. Very Happy

When it’s too windy to run the chair it will be a bit further to walk for sledgers but skiers can get close via the Poma or by skiing down from the wall tbar.

I wonder if the idea is to use the new space created underneath the chairlift get-off ramp?
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@haggishunter, excellent! Very Happy
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