Cairngorm Mountain Goes Bust, “Show Us the Title Deeds” says The Grey Man of MacDui.

Amid severe doubts about finances and with the funicular railway making the English rail network look functional, the company that runs Cairngorm Mountain has today gone into administration.

There has been controversy surrounding the iconic mountain (actually pretty dull mountain) for the last few years thanks to the controversial franchising of the operation of the mountain by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) to Cheshire based Natural Retreats operating under the names Cairngorm Mountain Limited.

Natural Retreats CML  have been plagued with accusations of financial mismanagement since they took over from a publicly owned company, their scrapping of publicly bought chairlifts in Coire na Ciste being one example.

“Cairngorm Then, Cairngorm Now, Cairngorm forever. The Big Mountain must stay open” said an unemployed skiier with a wrecked ACL standing forlornly outside the Skiing Doo in Aviemore. “Worst thing to happen to winter sports up here since Alain Baxter overdid the vaporub.”

However local cryptozoological legend “Am Fear Liath Mòr” made a stand “Show us the title deeds!” said the infamous Grey Man of Ben MacDui as he stood very much like the brocken spectre that he is in the car park this morning. “I’m taking inspiration from my old pal The Brown Man of Ibrox. We don’t do skiing away.”

A spokesman for HIE said “The Mountain will stay open, we’re exploring a new brand of names, SevCorm, The Cairngorm International Football Club, etc but one thing is certain, it’s the same mountain and it will remain the World’s Most Successful Scottish Ski Slope.”

Supporters of the Nevis Range, the other half of the Old Firm of Scottish Skiing have been cock-a-hoop. “Ever since we went to Seville we’ve always said that we’re the Outdoor Capital of the Highlands and this confirms it. Yer mountains dead mate. Everyone is always talking about how good the atmosphere at Aonach Mòr is, and that makes up for the fact everything at sea level in our area is pretty damn grim.”