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Future Developments

Future Plans for Cairngorm Mountain

The future plans for Cairngorm Mountain have moved a step closer following the submission of planning applications for an artificial ski slope and developments to the Ptarmigan building.. The ambition is to create a world class, year round mountain destination by sympathetically enhancing the overall visitor experience, broadening the appeal and solving a number of existing challenges faced throughout the year. Operating within an iconic setting in the heart of one of the world’s most stunning National Parks is not lost on the team. We want to create an offering that matches the setting and increases the long term economic benefit to the local communities in the Badenoch and Strathspey area. 

Current Challenges

The team have taken time to understand the current challenges faced by visitors and the onsite operations which form the basis of the thinking for the proposed plans. These include having heavily weather dependent offering in buildings that are currently unfit for purpose. The sense of arrival and amount of education and interpretation does not match the unique location. Also the connection to the local community can be increased through communication and transport links and finally the appeal of the offering should be broadened and take into account families and beginners at all times in the year.


Overall the team have set about achieved a number of long and short term ambitions:

  • Leave the mountain in a better situation than when we found it that respect the pioneering spirit of Cairngorm & Aviemore
  • Create world class on-mountain facilities to match the setting that deliver amazing guest experiences in all seasons that broaden the appeal
  • Introduce wholly feasible and sustainable solutions that are future proof and a credit to the communities, wider area and national park

Key Components

In order to achieve these aspirations and address the challenges, there will be a number of components in the overall development. These will be delivered in phases and will include:-

  • Artificial ski slope
  • Ptarmigan Extension

Next Steps

The planning application for the Artificial Ski Slope and the Ptarmigan Extension have been submitted and are currently awaiting decision which is expected this autumn.

As further information and details are finalised they will be displayed on these pages.

Future Plans Enquiry

If you would like to get in touch with us regarding any of the consultation session or would simply like to inquire about our future plans, please fill out the form below and someone will be in touch.


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