While on the Queenstown MTB Club website I was reminded of something club president Tom Hey told me about the other day, that the club has been granted resource consent to build a new trail from the Coronet Peak base buildings to Skippers Road. Anyone that knows what an effort it is just to get to this stage will appreciate the effort the club has put in. When complete you could then ride Zoots or the Skippers Pack Track to maximise bang for your riding buck! Read on for the QMTBC press release.

“The Queenstown MTBC has just received resource consent to build a brand new mountain bike trail from near the bottom of the Greengates chairlift on Coronet Peak to the cattle grid just above the Skippers Rd turn-off. This is the result of a big effort from a variety of people donating their professional time to the cause.

Thanks to Bruce at Aurum Survey Consultants for surveying the alignment and calculating earthworks for free, Vivian+Espie for preparing the resource consent application for free, and Lakes Environmental for sponsoring the application fee to process the application. Also thanks to Tom Hey and Jason Rhind for assisting with the surveying and trail alignment.

The next step is to do another survey to plan out the works required and then raise the money to get the trail built. The Club has approached a local business with a sponsorship partnership proposal to raise the necessary funds to build the trail. If that falls through, the Club will need to find $10,000 to build the trail. Anyone with any ideas can contact the club here.”

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