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Skyline Queenstown releases Early Bird passes for Queenstown Bike Park

Skyline Queenstown releases Early Bird passes for Queenstown Bike Park

MEDIA RELEASE FROM SKYLINE QUEENSTOWN

Early bird season passes to the world-renowned Queenstown Bike Park at Skyline Queenstown go on sale today, with a payment instalment option being offered for the first time.

Till July 31 2015, mountain bike season pass prices are $699 for the upcoming season, before rising to $799 from August 1. One of the longest lift-accessed mountain bike seasons in the world, the eight-month-long season is scheduled to begin on September 4 this year and will close on May 8, 2016.

And to make payments easier for riders, Skyline Queenstown has introduced a four-payment option for people signing up before June 30. Mountain bikers pay a $20 administration fee and four payments of $179.75 before the season commences.

After the closing of a successful 2014-15 season on May 10, Skyline Queenstown is focusing on making the upcoming 2015-16 season even better, with continuous improvements being made to the trails on Ben Lomond Reserve.

“Our motivated and committed trail team has already started the winter work upgrade programme and we look forward to bringing new and exciting upgrades into the mix for 2015/16,” Skyline Queenstown mountain biking operations manager Justin Matthews says.

“In addition to this, we are also working very closely with the Queenstown Mountain Bike Club and Queenstown Lakes District Council with regard to new additions to the Queenstown Bike Park. We hope to have some very exciting news for riders in the near future.”

For the 2014-15 season, Skyline Queenstown installed a third hook to its gondola cabins – resulting in shorter queue times and a 50 per cent increase in capacity to get riders to the top of Queenstown Bike Park.

World-class riders like Loic Bruni, Loris Vergier, Finn Iles, Bernard Kerr, Eliot Jackson, George Brannigan, Casey Brown, Katy Curd, Brandon Semenuk, Cam McCaul, Ryan ‘R-Dog’ Howard, Kelly McGarry, Conor Macfarlane, Mick Hannah and Andrew Neethling again used Queenstown Bike Park as a training ground over summer and loved the facilities, Matthews adds.

“The reason they come to Skyline Queenstown is because of the challenging and varied terrain, the trails are fantastic, the runs are long and the weather is usually pretty good. Our facilities are world-class and meet their training requirements, not to mention all the other fantastic riding we have in Queenstown. We look forward to seeing the pros, as well as riders of all ages and abilities, up at Skyline Queenstown for the 2015-16 season,” Matthews says.

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Photo caption: Brendan Fairclough in the ‘Whoops’ section of the Queenstown Bike Park Original trail. Photo by Callum Wood

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

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 parapenting, as well as a range of dining and relaxing options amongst some of the world’s greatest scenery.

About Skyline Queenstown’s 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, Skyline Queenstown is famous for its downhill courses and 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.