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CairnGorm Mountain reopens ski tows

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Two ski tows at CairnGorm Mountain in Scotland that were closed last month due to safety concerns have now reopened following action taken by operator CairnGorm Mountain (Scotland) Ltd (CMSL).

CMSL inherited three improvement notices – issued by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) – in December from previous operator, CairnGorm Mountain Ltd.

In addressing issues raised in the notices, works to the drive station at the West Wall Poma have already been completed and, weather conditions allowing, a new walkway is due to be installed at the Coire na Ciste tow in the next week. Both tows are now ready for operation when conditions allow.

CMSL, which runs CairnGorm Mountain on behalf of owner Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), is also exploring the use of asset management software to help plan routine maintenance across the whole resort.

Susan Smith, Head of Business Development with HIE, said: “Safety is the number one priority at Cairngorm. CMSL has been quick in taking decisive action to address issues inherited from the previous operator and improve the visitor experience. This work will continue so that full compliance with HSE requirements is ensured in future.”

Ross Harris, Interim Chief Executive of CMSL, said: “At Cairngorm Mountain we are committed to maintaining and improving the mountain infrastructure in order to provide the best possible experience for our customers.

“Snow conditions currently permit top to bottom skiing with uplift provided by the car park T bar and the M1 Poma tows. Artificial snow is supporting good skiing at lower levels.”

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