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CairnGorm Mountain submits plans for snowmaking

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The Press and Journal is reporting that CairnGorm Mountain in Scotland has now submitted plans for the purchase a £1 million TechnoAlpin Snowfactory to mitigate the impact of the ongoing closure of the resort’s funicular railway.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), the government-funded development agency that owns the resort, agreed to provide funding last month; CairnGorm intends to install the Snowfactory in an area next to the funicular by mid-December.

Highland Council has set a deadline date for consultation at 3 December and a decision will then be made by planning officials if no objections are made.

An HIE spokesman said: “We have been making every effort to ensure snowmaking is in place to keep CairnGorm open for skiing this winter. The planning application has been discussed with public sector partners ahead of being submitted, so we are hopeful it will be approved in good time to have the equipment operational by mid-December.”

The application noted the resort’s successful trial of a Snowfactory during the 2017 – 2018 season while making the case for a larger unit to be installed throughout the entire upcoming season.

Two other Scottish ski resorts, Glencoe Mountain and The Lecht, have already purchased Snowfactories this year.

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