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Mountain bike season set to open

Press Release from Coronet Peak
Monday December 29

Mountain bike season set to open

The Coronet Peak mountain biking season opens on January 7 with a new trail and new access to a favourite picnic spot complementing the existing downhill and cross country trails and mini park facilities.

The new trail has been provided by improving access to existing ski trails and is designed to provide an awesome riding experience for lower level riders.

Coronet Peak manager Hamish McCrostie says the trail work continues the development of Coronet Peak’s mountain biking facilities.

“The bike park is a great summer use of Coronet Peak facilities. Mountain biking is gaining in popularity around the world and it’s another way for people to get into the mountains and enjoy this recreation reserve. And, there’s no need to slog uphill as access back to the top is by Coronet Express Quad chairlift.”

Season pass prices for the park are unchanged from last year at $249 for adults and $199 for youth (there’s a $50 discounts for holders of NZSki season passes). A try-before-you-buy scheme means those who buy a day pass and decide to upgrade to a season pass can have the cost of the day pass credited to the season pass – as long as they do so on the same day.

The trails are open from Wednesday January 7 until Sunday March 1 daily from 11.30 a.m. till 7.30 p.m. except on Mondays, weather permitting.

Coronet Peak will host several mountain biking events during the season. The NZONE Ultimate Jump Brake Burner is a six hour endurance race and takes place on February 7. The National MTB series runs from 13 – 15 February and the Vertigo Chainless Downhill takes place on February 19.

Mr McCrostie says Coronet Peak is a great place to visit in summer, with or without a mountain bike.

‘Visitors and locals should come and enjoy the base facilities and spectacular views. Sightseeing passes are on offer for those who want to ride the chair for spectacular views of the Southern Alps and the Wakatipu Valley. Food and drinks are available, there’s a huge sun deck and a giant chess set. It’s a great place to sit, enjoy the views and watch the action. And if you’re tempted to try the trails, Outside Sports offer bike rental on site.”

ENDS

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