A company called Natural Retreats have officially taken over operations at Cairngorm Mountain above Aviemore today at the start of a 25-year long-term lease.
Natural Retreats’ website says that since it was founded in 2004, it has grown to operates 18 destinations across Europe and the USA.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer Matthew Spence released a lengthy statement on tasking over Cairngirm, which begins,
“Today is a fantastic day for both Natural Retreats and Cairngorm Mountain. We have a highly ambitious vision for the next 25 years, and want to elevate this incredible destination…”
“We will build the best terrain park in the world here, and my long-term goal is to host the summer and winter X Games at Cairngorm Mountain. This is a world-class destination and Natural Retreats want to build a stable of winter and summer sports athletes from this spectacular base.”
“We will nurture, develop and create future British Olympians at Cairngorm Mountain. These athletes will win gold medals at the Winter Olympics in 2018 and the Summer Olympics in 2020 – we want to bring a true sense of pride and place to one of Scotland’s most incredible assets.”
Mr Spence continued,
“…I have a sincere belief that we have an obligation to expose ourselves and future generations to the true beauty of nature, to enjoy experiences that build lifelong memories.”
“As a child, my father, who I lost at a very young age, took me to Yellowstone National Park. That experience left a lasting impression on me. It exposed me to the richness of the outdoors and it is this feeling, those childhood memories, which drive Natural Retreats. “
And later in his statement added,
“We want to work hand-in-hand with local businesses and the community – this is integral, and together we will elevate ideas and ambition. We want Cairngorm Mountain and Aviemore to compete with Mont-Blanc and Chamonix, with Vail Resort and Boulder. Aviemore has all the assets to become the Adventure Capital of Europe, and the wider area offers some of the best experiences around.”