So last week between the Tuesday & Friday I headed up to the highlands on a quest to find out just exactly what is happening at the two westerly Scottish ski areas this summer.
I was surprised at just quiet how much is being achieved, so decided to write this report.
The access road is now finished and this coming week the Boyd contractors will be finishing up the sides of the road, to assist with the natural re-growth of wild fauna.
I'm beyond impressed at how neat and tidy it all is with lots of gullies cut in by the roadside to allow for drainage, lots of pipes allowing the water to pass safely under the road and the road surface is highly compressed.
The rock was mined onsite in two locations to provide the road surface material and the rock underneath. In the process of doing this, a new area of flat ground has been opened up just below the sledging area on the plateau. Andy M informed me in a meeting on Wednesday that a 20-30m PistenBully storage garage will be built here - work on this is starting soon.
The areas for the valley station and mountain station for the chairlift have also been created and some foundation work may begin this season. The install of the chairlift is being done largely in-house, which I applaud and is impressive.
Some new snow-fencing has been added in around the mountain near the assess road as well. The new access road will also serve a new green ski run down to the valley and Andy seemed very excited about this and discussed possible plans to add some snow-making to the route.
The snow-factory is now in, but not yet connected to water or power. It will probably need it's own transformer to draw power from as it is a power-hungry piece of equipment.
Just up the road from Glencoe, work is also progressing and its encouraging to see so much preparation and effort going into the ski season, especially with a few people slagging it of lately.
The majority of work concerns snow fencing. I would estimate NR are installing around 6-7km of new snow fencing this year and repairing another 500-700m.
They are continuing with the style of big posts and alternately placed boards.
The old posts from the last snow fencing are being left in or replaced to act as bracing for the new posts/fence.
The scale of this work is just incredible. There are thousands and thousands of boards being installed and hundreds of posts and the team are moving at quite a rate, with a crew of 3 installing the new posts and a crew of 4 nailing the boards in place.
I had a long chat to one of the crew who anticipated that next year the fencing around the summit and warrens would be done, as well as a few sections by the gouse t-bar, meaning that almost all of the old pailing fencing will be gone.
The areas that have been done (or will be done this summer) are:
Repair work to some fencing between quad and goose
Repair work to Rob Roy's Return
Repair work to Rob Roy
Plus other areas I did not notice
A plan below is attached.
Other work includes:
Re-painted woodwork & steel at the gondola top-station
Re-painted steel-work at the Quad Chair & Warrens
Lots of junk/rubish being removed from site
New decking area is being built outside the Gouse Snack-Bar to increase its use/capacity
New transformers at the Summit Button drive and Goouse Drive
If folk don't think much is going on at these two mountain resorts this summer, they should re-consider!
Regards to all you budding skiers, young & old, Scottish & English, Male & Female! Heres to a great season!
Edited 2 times. Last edit at 14.09hrs Fri 31 Aug 18 by 01cookjk.
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