CairnGorm's 50th season off to a powdery start

Mon 12 December 11

More than 400 skiers and snowboarders took advantage of clear skies and pisted powdery snow conditions to get CairnGorm Mountain’s 50th season off to a great start following the heavy snow falls over the last few days.

Skiers and boarders enjoyed excellent conditions in the Coire Ciste and Ptarmigan areas of the mountain. A further 200 visitors who were not skiing also rode the funicular to the Ptarmigan station to enjoy the views and to meet Santa who was paying the first of five visits to the Christmas Shop at the top.

Leaving the Base Station at CairnGorm for the Ptarmigan.
Leaving the Base Station at CairnGorm for the Ptarmigan.
CairnGorm

Marketing Manager Colin Kirkwood commented: “After the stormy days of the last week it was great to be able to open for our first day of this special season with some excellent skiing albeit in a limited area of the mountain. On 23rd December we will be celebrating 50 years since the first mechanized uplift – the White Lady chairlift – first ran and also the 10th anniversary of the opening of the funicular railway.”

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