Aviemore’s ice rink closed in 1999, and while many residents have called for a new rink to be built, their campaigns over the years have failed.
Building work could start on the new proposals next year, and will also include a multi-sports hall, four indoor tennis courts, changing facilities and a bar and restaurant.
“So many tourists come here in winter but when the ski-ing is stormed off they are always looking for the ice rink.”
A feasibility study has been done and the project directors hope to make a decision on their preferred site in the next few weeks.
Three sites have been mooted and the company has had talks with each of the landowners about their plans.
Suggestions that a swimming pool be included were rejected because the Macdonald Aviemore
A bobsleigh push start facility was also rejected because a similar development was planned in England and it was felt that the UK required only one such facility.
It is hoped funding can be sought from sports organisations, including the Lawn Tennis Association, and residents will also be required to raise funds towards the building.
Aviemore Community Council chairman John Grierson said: “Getting an ice rink back in Aviemore is something we are in favour of. But we are waiting to see the outcome of the feasibility study before we make further comment.”