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TITLE
Cairngorm ski lift
EXTERNAL ID
HC_PLANNING_02_005_0178
PLACENAME
Cairngorms
DISTRICT
Badenoch
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Abernethy and Kincardine
DATE OF IMAGE
September 1973
PERIOD
1970s
CREATOR
T. Kenneth MacKenzie
SOURCE
The Highland Council Planning Department
ASSET ID
14278
KEYWORDS
skiing
sport
winter sports
resorts
mountains
skis
Cairngorm ski lift

Cairngorm ski resort development began in the 1960s and the resort is the second largest in Scotland. Most of the skiing is concentrated in the Coire Cas area of the mountain. During the 1980s good skiing winters led to thousands of people using the resort but the pressure to expand was blocked by environmental concerns. Milder winters in the 1990s and 2000s have led to a drop in skier numbers and a threat to the financial viability of the ski resort.

By the 1990s the original infrastructure was ageing and becoming increasingly difficult to maintain. Although most of the ski tows were to remain the Cairngorm Chairlift Company proposed replacing the main chairlift with a funicular railway. This proved to be controversial and faced opposition from environmental groups but a compromise was reached and the Cairngorm Mountain Railway was built.

Due to the milder winters and reduction in the number of skiers the resort is increasingly dependent on visitors out of the skiing season. Many come to admire the views on the Mountain Railway (although visitors aren't allowed access to the mountainside from the top visitor centre) and to see the Alpine plants which thrive in the Cairngorm environment.

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Cairngorm ski lift

INVERNESS: Abernethy and Kincardine

1970s

skiing; sport; winter sports; resorts; mountains; skis

The Highland Council Planning Department

The Highland Council Planning Dept

Cairngorm ski resort development began in the 1960s and the resort is the second largest in Scotland. Most of the skiing is concentrated in the Coire Cas area of the mountain. During the 1980s good skiing winters led to thousands of people using the resort but the pressure to expand was blocked by environmental concerns. Milder winters in the 1990s and 2000s have led to a drop in skier numbers and a threat to the financial viability of the ski resort.<br /> <br /> By the 1990s the original infrastructure was ageing and becoming increasingly difficult to maintain. Although most of the ski tows were to remain the Cairngorm Chairlift Company proposed replacing the main chairlift with a funicular railway. This proved to be controversial and faced opposition from environmental groups but a compromise was reached and the Cairngorm Mountain Railway was built. <br /> <br /> Due to the milder winters and reduction in the number of skiers the resort is increasingly dependent on visitors out of the skiing season. Many come to admire the views on the Mountain Railway (although visitors aren't allowed access to the mountainside from the top visitor centre) and to see the Alpine plants which thrive in the Cairngorm environment.