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Plans for an artificial ski slope at the foot of Scotland's Cairngorm Mountain are to be submitted in the next couple of weeks.



If approved the slope will be built near the base station at a cost of around £1.5 million.

It's part of a £4 million development by the operators, Natural Retreats, aimed at turning Cairngorm into a world-class year-round resort:

The company has been consulting on the proposal,  which would also include an extension of the Ptarmigan restaurant at the top.

A revamp of the area has been in the pipeline for several years but Natural Retreats is optimistic that it could soon become a reality.

Its head of technical services, Adam Gough, told the Press and Journal newspaper that they would like to have the slope in operation by this winter.

"Installing the slope is quite quick, usually about six to seven weeks, but getting the window of weather to prepare the ground can be a problem," he said.

"There is a business case here as it means being less reliant on snow for beginners and getting summer activities going on, and it could free up the main slopes from an advanced skier point of view."

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The Press and Journal reports that there's been a mixed response to the plans.

Some locals are supportive.

Others think the money would be better spent on a high-tech snow machine which could make snow in warmer temperatures and provide more skiing from the middle of the mountain.

Cairngorm had to cancel 2,000 lessons last winter as a result of the poor snow in Scotland and has cut lift pass prices for next season.

Other Scottish ski areas are also making changes to attract more tourists across all four seasons.


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