Mountain bike club hoping to create cross-country trail

Seeking to add to its growing list of trails, the Queenstown Mountain Bike Club is hoping to establish a new cross-country trail on Coronet Peak.

The trail would be located between the Greengates Express chairlift and the cattle stop near Coronet Peak Rd and Skippers Saddle.

When not covered in snow, the area displays tussock and exotic grasses and it is proposed these be removed along the trail route and replanted along the trail edges.

The trail width would be 1.4m over 1670m.

Construction would start as soon as consent was granted by Lakes Environmental, and the trail would be completed by next winter.

The Department of Conservation, which administers the reserve land, has approved the trail subject to 23 conditions, such as the avoidance of straight lines in shaping the trail, leaving larger plants in place and avoiding slip-prone areas.

NZSki has also notified the club of its approval.