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Cairngorm Mountain launches new attraction aimed at family market

By Gavin Musgrove

Visitors to Cairngorm Mountain might not not be able to take the train any more but they can now catch the tube.

Grantown siblings Anna and Campbell Hutt were the very first thrill-seekers to experience the resort's brand new tubing slide following its official opening.

The new 70 metre, high-speed slide features two parabolic turns which users slide down on sit-down snow-tubes from the Coire Cas upper car park to the lower parking facility.

It has just been launched as the first part of plans to attract more of the family market to Cairngorm Mountain whilst the funicular railway remains out of action on safety grounds.

Anna Hutt was one of the very first people to try out the new attraction at Cairngorm Mountain.
Anna Hutt was one of the very first people to try out the new attraction at Cairngorm Mountain.

Interim chief executive officer Susan Smith said: “I am delighted with the feedback we’ve had from the first people to use our new tubing slide, many of whom have been our local schoolchildren.

"The local community are vital part of the business going forward and the dedicated team at Cairngorm Mountain are working hard to offer a warm welcome to visitors and locals alike to our new attractions.”

The new attraction is open daily from 10am to 4.30pm and costs £6 for 30 minutes of sliding and there are discounted family tickets on offer too.

A Cairngorm Mountain spokesperson said: "This new addition will enhance the overall visitor offering at Cairngorm Mountain and aims to attract more families to come and experience all that is on offer.

"The new tubing slide has been thoughtfully installed to have no impact on car parking spaces due to its positioning."

"The Cairngorm Café and Cas Bar have both been refurbished and are open daily with new menus.

"The new exhibition, The Cairngorm Story, is now open to visitors and the mountain garden where the much-loved children’s Wildthings Quiz is based is on offer year-round."

The spokeswoman added: "To date the number of paying customers is ahead of projection."

The resort has advised that customers should check the Cairngorm Mountain website for latest information.

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