More bike trails mean more thrills
Skyline Queenstown's continued investment in mountainbiking terrain is vital in keeping the resort "ahead of the curve" as the world's adrenaline capital, Destination Queenstown chief executive Graham Budd says.
On Wednesday Skyline general manager Lyndon Thomas officially announced that a new $75,000 green trail, catering to beginner and intermediate riders, would be built this season.
Rumblings of the track being built were first reported in The Southland Times in May.
Nurturing growth in the Skyline-owned Queenstown Bike Park was central to offering new experiences to local riders and visitors, Mr Thomas said.
"For many bikers in Queenstown, New Zealand and even Australia, we're the location of choice, so we're really pleased we can increase the number and range of trails we offer and provide these riders with more thrills," he said.
Mr Budd said yesterday that the investment was key to keeping Queenstown ahead of the curve.
"Resort destinations around the world are striving to assume leadership as the ‘go to' destination for adventure sports, so Queenstown cannot be complacent when it comes to staying ahead of the curve.
"That is a collective thing, and ultimately boils down to individual businesses investing, and the Queenstown community can help in motivating that investment and supporting it."
Skyline's initiative in offering Wakatipu High School pupils season passes for $249, cutting the usual child's rate by $80, was also a great move, Mr Budd said.
There were parallels between mountainbiking, skiing and snowboarding because, when young up-and-coming competitors made a name for themselves globally, the place they came from also attracted some of the international spotlight, he said.
"It's not often highlighted but NZSki's long-term practice of making it affordable for young local skiers and snowboarders to hone their skills on the snow has led to many young locals gaining big profiles, so it's delightful to see Skyline doing the same."
This year's gondola-assisted service for riders will run from September 26 to May 4, 2014.
The new track will begin construction soon after the start of the season.
There has been an increase in adult ticket prices, with a season pass rising from $629 to $699.
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