Now there’s really no excuse not to try mountain trails


Coronet Peak is gearing up for the summer mountain bike season by offering increased facilities for novices and families.

New runs at the newly named Bike Park have been designed to make the sport accessible to all.

“Previously, expert and advance riders have been well catered for,” says Ski Area boss Hamish McCrostie. “This summer we’ll respond to the call for easier trails that’ll help lower-level riders.

“There will be access to the M1 Million Dollar, Mid Gully and newly available Tuck trails, in addition to the existing Fall Line Downhill and the Rocky Gully Downhill Cross Country trails.”

The Coronet Peak season will open on January 7 and runs until March 1, with prices unchanged from last summer.

The park will be open from 11.30am-7.30pm from Tuesdays to Sundays, weather permitting.

“Mountain biking is gaining in popularity around the world,” says McCrostie. “This is a great way for people to get into the mountains and enjoy facilities that would otherwise only be used during the winter.”

There’ll be no need for punters to ride uphill as access back to the top is via the Coronet Express Quad

Outside Sports will provide a mountain bike rental service at the base area.

Coronet Peak is also hosting several mountain biking events during the season.

The Nzone Ultimate Jump Brake Burner is on February 7 and the National Mountain Bike series runs from February 13-15. A date for the Vertigo Chain Free Downhill is still to be confirmed.