<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by MarkP:
Anyone been on that fancy funicular yet? Hows it working out?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Yes, I rode the £15 million funicular on Jan 5, about two weeks after it opened. It's a beautiful installation, engineered by the Swiss and Austrians, with some Scottish expertise too. The base station (which has a huge cartoon mural inside) is better located for the car park than the old chairlift, the carriages are suprisingly wide (widest in the world, I'm told) and they stop at a mid-station a few yards from the old mid-station of the chairlift. The train goes into a neat tunnel 300 metres from the top, to enter the Ptarmigan station.
There's a more customer-friendly attitude on the mountain.
This was the first time I'd been up Cairngorm without skis, though there were 4 draglifts running that day. The thaw since then has pretty much wiped that skiing out.
But it was fantastic to be back on that mountain again, gazing at that timeless view of Loch Morlich and beyond.
All that's needed now is a monster snow storm.
BTW, Aviemore Youth Hostel is not a bad place to stay for £10/night. Good spacious lounge, and a fun crowd.