This has appeared on Public Contract Scotland:
Title: Review of Cairngorm Ski Area Uplift Infrastructure
Published by: Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Publication Date: 30/11/2017
Deadline Date: 10/01/2018
Deadline Time: 12:00
Notice Type: 02 Contract Notice
Has Documents: Yes
Abstract: HIE requires a suitably qualified and experienced supplier to undertake a comprehensive, independent review of the uplift facilities at Cairngorm Mountain ski resort to determine the best way forward for potential reinvestment in the infrastructure including the long-term feasibility of redevelopment of Coire na Ciste. The review will significantly contribute to preparation of a 5-10 year long-term strategy for the ski area.
The contract is anticipated to be awarded for 8 months with an optional 2 months extension in case unforeseen circumstances delay the delivery of the services.
The total value of these services over the maximum duration of 10 months is estimated to be around GBP 75,000 and GBP 80,000 excluding VAT. This budget includes all Travel & Subsistence payable under this contract and any extension period, if required.
Jeezuz - Paying 80K just to be told that systematically destroying your own lift system over last 10 years was a bad idea
. This money on top of the 300K to remove the Ciste lifts would have gone a long way to resolving the issues. Indeed surely this task is one than Natural Retreats (the lift operator) should be capable of doing themselves given they are already taking a large management fee.
Let me provide the summary for free...
1) Removal of Ciste Chairs means one of the most snow sure runs on hill (ciste gully) no longer properly served.
2) Only mid mountain lifts suitable for advanced skiers are M1 poma / Coire Cas and Ciste Poma. This leads to long queues at weekends.
3) The overflow car park in Coire Na Ciste no longer has lift access leading to frustration on busy weekends with shuttle buses.
I suspect this contract will be awarded to a certain ex-employee previously involved in the 'core lift' policy. Though in a fair world the 80K contract would be awarded to the save the ciste group who have already provided the answers