Re: Cairngorm put into administration....
Cairngorm is far from an economic basket case if managed in the interests of snowsports!
I agree that Cairngorm should be managed in the interests of Snowsports, but that does not mean that it should not be managed in the interests of year-round sustainable tourism, with encouraging return visitors being a priority.
With HIE's £27 Million vision, i feel the arrow has been fired in the right general direction, just it has landed nowhere near the target. If they are prepared to signal the start of the 'charge' are they capable/able/prepared to lead it and see it through?
On the MTB front, Nevis falls short as the uplift does not offer access to trails with variety and progression. This is ESSENTIAL to garner repeat customers. True, the World Cup DH is world class, and the Top Chief trail is superb, but neither are accessible to the majority, families, etc.
If CG pursues biking, they should offer trails at differing grades, but crucially, a number of available trails at each grade, to allow for variety on the part of the user, but also closure for maintenance, and the draw of something-new-to-do-next-time-I-visit.
CG need to be developed in a way that it offers a number of different user groups a number of different reasons to continually return. I would support a number of changes, including a managed relaxation of the closed system.
I don't feel the Ptarmigan Building should be the priority in terms of building works, and the planning application for the "enhancement" is now, I hope, dead in the water.