Overall I'd say cairngorms and nevis are the only ones suitable for some serious snowmaking as the local area can support it. I dont really see the point in throwing money at something for weekend day trippers. Scotland on it own cant support the centres we have if they all were invested in..
There's probably room for 2, so the first 2 tae come outta the dark ages win.............
I'd like to see a competition of sorts. The ski/mountain resort with the best ideas would win grants, with pots of money for the runners up.
They could be judged by the following criteria:
- Flexibility & expected use
- Creative use of existing landscape(s)
- A independent review of their commercial sensibility / viability
- Benefits for skiers
- Benefits for mountain bikers / walkers
- Benefits for sightseers, and in the case of Lecht, Glencoe and Glenshee motorists.
- Environmental and aesthetic benefits.
- How the changes would increase usage of the resort/mountain.
It would of course all have to be judged and scored by a board/group of independant, mountain users, and there would be restrictive stipulations. Theres no way to trust HIE!
1st place: £8milion
2nd place: £2million
3rd place: £1million
4th place: £600k
5th place: £400k
Total: £12m. A lot less than the £28m planned for CGM and with competition, I think more creative and sensible ideas could be generated.
PLEASE NOTE: This is just a fantasised idea ive had for many years to see funds better offered to our scottish ski areas than just bashful spending.