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Skyline Queenstown helps fast-track new Queenstown Bike Park jump trail

Skyline Queenstown helps fast-track new Queenstown Bike Park jump trail


Queenstown’s world-class downhill mountain bike offering is getting a significant boost thanks to a $10,000 donation from Skyline Queenstown to fast-track the resort’s first gravity jump trail.

Excavation work on the highly anticipated trail in the Ben Lomond Reserve, adjacent to the Skyline Queenstown Gondola complex, started this week.

Excavators – funded in part by Skyline Queenstown’s donation – are clearing the way and making things easier for Queenstown Mountain Bike Club (QMTBC) volunteers to hand-shape the majority of the jumps on the 800 metre-long trail.

The project was spearheaded by QMTBC, whose volunteers have spent countless hours scoping out the site to find the best topography for the trail, as well as fundraise for the project.

Expected to be complete by mid-late October, Queenstown’s gravity jump trail will be similar to the famous A-Line trail at Whistler Bike Park, and the Rollercoaster trail at Hafjell Bike Park in Norway.

Located above Ben Lomond Reserve’s half-way clearing and adjacent to the existing Vertigo trail, the trail will be 2-3 metres wide and jump sizes will vary from 3-4.5m right through to more than 12m. Jumps will be floaty table-top jumps that can send advanced riders a long way but still progressive and safe enough for the intermediate rider.

Skyline Queenstown MTB Operations manager Justin Matthews says Skyline was only too happy to support the good work of QMTBC to help get the trail built sooner.

“The Queenstown Bike Park is a community asset and we are lucky enough to have such a dedicated and motivated mountain bike club here. To be able to help QMTBC out in this way is a no-brainer.”

QMTBC committee member Fraser Gordon says: “This Queenstown Bike Park jump trail is the missing piece in the puzzle for the gravity discipline of mountain biking in Queenstown.

“Skyline Queenstown has always been a big supporter of the club, indirectly, and now they’re supporting us directly with a financial contribution, which is fantastic. Without Skyline Queenstown, we would still be in the fundraising stage, with no chance of being able to open it in time for summer,” Gordon adds.

QMTBC also raised $6,000 from a downhill mountain bike race series last year, and has the support of Wilson Contractors for excavation deals to help cover the build costs. QMTBC is welcoming volunteers to help dig the trail every Saturday from 9am.

With the ability to be accessed by gondola, Queenstown Bike Park attracts major international riders during its eight-month season. The 2015-16 season is anticipated to open on September 4 and close on May 8, 2016.


Photo caption: (From left) Skyline MTB Operations Manager Justin Matthews, QMTBC Committee Member Fraser Gordon, Calum Wilson from Wilson Contracting and Kepler Rek, QMTBC Downhill Sub-Committee Member get ready for excavation works on the Queenstown Bike Park’s new gravity jump trail

For more information, please contact:
Justin Matthews, Skyline Queenstown MTB Operations Manager, +64 27 490 5763,
Anna Pettigrew, Skyline Queenstown Sales and Marketing Manager, +64 3 441 0101 Ext 758,

About Skyline Queenstown
With 220-degree panoramic views spanning from Coronet Peak to The Remarkables mountain range and across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak and Cecil Peak, there is no better place to experience the beauty of Queenstown than Skyline Queenstown at the top of Bob’s Peak. Skyline Queenstown is a fun park for all ages and stages and all levels of adrenalin. Skyline Queenstown offers unforgettable family fun – whether it be soft adventure, or luging, mountain biking, bungy jumping, forest walking and tandem paragliding, as well as a range of dining and relaxing options amongst some of the world’s greatest scenery.

About Queenstown Bike Park
Skyline Queenstown is home to New Zealand’s first-ever Gondola-assisted bike lift, providing direct access to Queenstown Bike Park. An internationally-renowned mountain bike park, Queenstown Bike Park is famous for its downhill trails featuring 26 trails across varying terrain for all abilities. Located amongst the pine trees of the Ben Lomond Reserve, Queenstown Bike Park boasts more than 30km of tracks and a longest run of 6km. A 450 metre vertical rise via the Skyline Gondola gives riders easy access to one of New Zealand’s best mountain bike parks. For more information about 2015-16 season dates and times – including the black-out dates, click here.

Skyline Queenstown opening hours:
Complex: 9:00am until late
Luge: Open from 10:00am daily
Stratosfare Restaurant & Bar: Lunch – 12.00pm – 2.00pm, Dinner – First sitting from 5:45pm, second sitting from 8:15pm.
Stargazing: Tour times vary with sunset

Celia Crosbie
Written by Celia Crosbie
Celia is an award-winning former journalist who has worked for newspapers and radio stations in New Zealand and magazines in the United Kingdom. She has worked in public relations in both NZ and London. Celia also specialises in digital media strategy and website copywriting for SEO.