Queenstown mountain bike season pass price unveiled – $475 a pop

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Mountain bikers wanting coveted gondola access to Bob’s Peak trails will be forking out $475 for the season. 

Skyline Enterprises cableway will cart mountain bikes for the first time during a four-month trial period from January 24 to May 29 next year. Five hundred season passes are available. 

Riders wanting a single lift up to trails in the Ben Lomond Reserve will be charged $30, a day pass will set punters back $70 or a three-day ticket $165. 

Mountain bikers also have the option of a five-day pass for $250. 

Kids prices are a little less, with under five-year-olds not allowed to bike on the Ben Lomond tracks. 

The gondola will operate from 10am till 8pm, but bikers will have restricted access during peak dining times from 5pm – 6.30pm and will be banned from the gondola during the Easter period from April 22 to 28. 

“With this new service we wish to ensure that our existing customer experience is not compromised and that our new bike customers experience acceptable service levels,” Skyline Queenstown general manager Blair Deasy says. 

All 34 of the cableway cabins will be made bike compatible, with bikes self-loaded onto hooks at the bottom of the hill and unclipped at the top terminal building – but staff will be on hand to help.