IT'S ON!

It's official. The Skyline Gondola in Queenstown will be open again next summer. After a banging four months of bike beasting, it was a no brainer for bike access to continue next year but now the announcement has been made things can start moving onwards and upwards for what promises to turn Queenstown into more than a one trick pony. Not only that but it will be open for EIGHT MONTHS between September and April. Read on for the rest of the official press release.

Media release from Skyline Queenstown

18th  May 2011

Skyline Gondola to renew Mountain Bike access

Mark your calendars, Skyline Queenstown are planning to kick off a second season of gondola access for mountain bikers in 2011/2012 once a management agreement has been confirmed with Queenstown Lakes District Council. The second season, providing access to Queenstown’s bike trails within the Ben Lomond Reserve, is planned to run for a massive 8 months from September 2011 through to the end of April 2012*.

This longer season is expected to bring even more attention to Queenstown as bikers continue to travel to fuel their demand for dirt, “We are very excited to be running a second season of mountain biking and can’t wait to see the bike scene in Queenstown grow to reach its full potential” Blair Deasy – General Manager, Skyline Queenstown.

In January 2011 Mountain Bike history was made when Skyline Queenstown opened New Zealand’s only gondola accessed mountain bike lift. The lift has since hosted thousands of riders within the four month trial season providing easy access to million dollar views and a myriad of mountain bike trails. With the continuation of gondola access at Skyline the future of mountain biking in Queenstown is set to take off.

More information to come soon…

Photos: Camilla Stoddart/Destination Queenstown.