- Creagan Bheithe
On the slopes of Creagan Bheithe - not far from the bealach seperating the hill from Ben Gulabin the Corbett - the Dundee Ski Club laid down the foundations to the 'Ben Gulabin Hut' on a wet Sunday in July 1948, with the mist down to 2,500ft.
In December 1948 a bus laden with club members travelled from Dundee, arriving at first light and in pouring rain. By 3.30pm they'd completed the hut, which included parrafin, primus, and the essential teapot + cups.
Mechanical uplift was added in the years that followed, though when it was constructed is unknown - as is how long the lift ran for. However, it is certain that the tow would have been added after 1950, as that year is when the Dundee Ski Club put up the first ski tow in the UK which was on Mount Blair. It is believed that the tow was in operation on Creagan Bheithe during the 1960s, but whether its use extended either before or after this period is unknown.
The uplift is understood to have been a rope tow which began at the hut (585m) and extended up the Southern slopes of Creagan Bheithe to the height of approximately 690m.
To continue the descent past the hut and tow, the club members were able to make use of the upper section of the natural snow holding gully that holds the Allt a' Charnaich, which runs down towards the road. The snow holding capabilities of this gully also prolonged the period during which members were able to ski back to - or close to - their vehicles.
This development ultimately fell victim to the success of the nearby Glenshee ski area, though there is perhaps a surprising amount of evidence still to be seen on the hillside. Near to the site of the hut lies the bottom bullwheel which aligns with a pylon visible above the hut on the skyline, which was to aid the cable over a brow in the hillside.
The remnants of the club hut are fairly substantial. A flattened ruin, it suggests almost as though the members locked up one day and never returned, leaving the hut to decay and collapse under the elements.
Creagan Bheithe as it is now (pictures taken on the 20th May 2007 by SkiBeard):