Planning Update

Plans for the Ptarmigan building at CairnGorm Mountain shared with public

9th January 2018: CairnGorm Mountain Ltd is set to reveal detailed plans for the redevelopment of the Ptarmigan building that will form a significant part of the long-term strategy for the resort.

The drop-in session will be held on 18th January 12noon to 5pm at the Cairngorm Hotel in Aviemore and there will be a team onsite to answer any questions. The drop-in session takes place ahead of the submission of a detailed planning application.

Adam Gough, CairnGorm Mountain Ltd said: “We are really looking forward to sharing our plans for the Ptarmigan building at CairnGorm Mountain. The building is unique both in its setting and in its functions as a funicular station, ski summit building, restaurant, exhibition centre and shop. The Ptarmigan is the hub of the resort all year round, welcoming skiers and snowboarders in the winter and visitors from all over the world the rest of the year to enjoy a trip on Scotland’s only funicular railway and the spectacular scenery of Cairngorm National Park. The proposals are to sensitively extend the building which will address congestion and capacity issues whilst also improving the underwhelming sense of arrival and confusing way finding.”

The proposed addition of a rooftop walkway that will maximise the amazing vistas all year round will be complemented by a boardwalk extension to the existing viewing terrace. The design proposals will work with the existing form of the building whilst sensitively modernising the appearance.

The proposals are not limited to the exterior of the Ptarmigan as the company plans to completely overhaul the interior space to dramatically enhance the overall visitor experience. The overall flow of the building will be reconfigured to create a bigger sense of impact and welcome for visitors as well as making it easier to navigate. The exhibition will be revamped to create a more modern and adaptive experience which is what visitors expect from one of Scotland’s top ten visitor attractions.

For anyone who would like to see the plans but is unable to attend the session, please email planning@naturalretreats.co.uk for further information.

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About CairnGorm Mountain Ltd

CairnGorm Mountain Ltd is operated by The UK Great Travel Company Ltd which took over the operation of CairnGorm Mountain in 2014.

For further information about CairnGorm Mountain Ltd visit https://www.cairngormmountain.org

For media enquiries:

cairngormmountain@mucklemedia.co.uk

Helen Ross (07936 162 063/ 01463 572 333), Eilidh Davies (01463 572 333)

Snowfactory given green light for CairnGorm just in time for winter season

November 2017: CairnGorm Mountain Ltd has now been granted planning permission for the temporary installation of a Snowfactory. This will be the first time this revolutionary technology has been used at a ski resort in Scotland.

TechnoAlpin, the company behind the Snowfactory, has developed pioneering cooling technology that can produce large amounts of snow in virtually any outdoor temperature. This technology is housed in a self-contained unit known as a Snowfactory. CairnGorm Mountain Ltd will install the temporary unit next to the Day Lodge building which will provide easy access for the set up and removal of the Snowfactory during the trial period.

CairnGorm Mountain Ltd will trial the Snowfactory during this winter season, for two months from the end of this month through to the end of January 2018. It will be an opportunity to really understand how the technology performs, review its suitability for the terrain and crucially, gather feedback from skiers and snowboarders. If this trial is successful then the company will explore introducing the technology on a permanent basis at CairnGorm Mountain. Highland Council have granted permission for the snowfactory to remain on site for one-year.

Adam Gough from CairnGorm Mountain Ltd explained: “We are absolutely delighted that The Highland Council have approved our application to house a snowfactory at CairnGorm. After a poor winter season last year in terms of snowfall this new technology could really transform our winter sport offering.

“We have been in discussions with TechnoAlpin for a while and the company also welcomed us for a site visit earlier this year so that we could see the technology in action. Being able to trial the Snowfactory for two months is crucial to understanding whether this is a viable option for the resort in the long term. If successful then we believe it will noticeably enhance the snowsports experience at CairnGorm Mountain.”

The technology behind Snowfactory is revolutionary. It is a containerised, mobile cooling plant which connects to an electricity and water supply. The snow is made from small dry ice flakes after cooling water to freezing point. It is then pumped out through a snow outlet pipe. The Snowfactory is capable of producing 45 tonnes of snow a day which can be pumped and sprayed a distance of 200m. During this trial, the snow generated by the Snowfactory will be used to form a beginners’ area.

Susan Smith, Head of Business Development with Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) which owns Cairngorm estate added “This is a very exciting development for Cairngorm Mountain, which plays such an important role in underpinning the wider tourism sector in the Aviemore area. The technology looks set to offer skiers and snowboarders a guarantee of snow being available whenever they want to visit.  For an outdoor business in Scotland, that could be a real game changer.”

Wolfgang Hanni from TechnoAlpin said: “We are very pleased to be trialling the Snowfactory technology at CairnGorm Mountain. We hope this is just the very beginning of our collaboration with the team at Cairngorm Mountain who have worked hard to bring everything together to make this happen.”

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Notes to editors

About CairnGorm Mountain Ltd

CairnGorm Mountain Ltd is operated by Natural Retreats which took over the operation of CairnGorm Mountain in 2014.

For further information about CairnGorm Mountain Ltd visit https://www.cairngormmountain.org

About TechnoAlpin

TechnoAlpin was established in 1990. It is based in Bolzano, South Tyrol and specialises in manual and fully automated snow-making systems. It is the global market leader in snow-making technology.

For further information about TechnoAlpin visit https://www.technoalpin.com/en/about-us/company.html

For media enquiries:

cairngormmountain@mucklemedia.co.uk

Helen Ross (07936 162 063/ 01463 572 333), Eilidh Davies (01463 572 333)