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TITLE
The Cairn of Cairn Gorm, Aviemore
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_0138
PLACENAME
Aviemore
DISTRICT
Badenoch
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Duthil and Rothiemurchus
PERIOD
1930s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
32032
KEYWORDS
Cairn Gorm
ski centre
Ptarmigan Restaurant
funicular railway
erosion
postcards
mountain sports
skiing. hill walking
The Cairn of Cairn Gorm, Aviemore

This postcard shows a hillwalker at the Cairn of Cairngorm in Aviemore. Cairn Gorm is Scotland's sixth highest mountain, rising 4082 feet. The northern side of the mountain was developed as a ski centre over forty years ago. A chairlift operated all year round, carrying people up to the Ptarmigan Restaurant 150 metres below the summit. As a consequence of development, the mountain eventually suffered from erosion.

In 2001, a funicular railway replaced the old chair-lifts, offering an improved service to skiers. The opening of the railway was extremely controversial as it was feared that this would only add to the erosion problem. It was decided that a solution to this would be a closed-system, where summer visitors would be able to access the new and larger restaurant but would not be able to go out onto the mountain. An inside viewing point would be available instead

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The Cairn of Cairn Gorm, Aviemore

INVERNESS: Duthil and Rothiemurchus

1930s

Cairn Gorm; ski centre; Ptarmigan Restaurant; funicular railway; erosion; postcards; mountain sports; skiing. hill walking

Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries' Postcard Collection

This postcard shows a hillwalker at the Cairn of Cairngorm in Aviemore. Cairn Gorm is Scotland's sixth highest mountain, rising 4082 feet. The northern side of the mountain was developed as a ski centre over forty years ago. A chairlift operated all year round, carrying people up to the Ptarmigan Restaurant 150 metres below the summit. As a consequence of development, the mountain eventually suffered from erosion. <br /> <br /> In 2001, a funicular railway replaced the old chair-lifts, offering an improved service to skiers. The opening of the railway was extremely controversial as it was feared that this would only add to the erosion problem. It was decided that a solution to this would be a closed-system, where summer visitors would be able to access the new and larger restaurant but would not be able to go out onto the mountain. An inside viewing point would be available instead