The country’s mountain bikers, mountain climbers and snowboarders are pushing for more mountain access to a new lodge at Bear Creek Lodge in New Zealand’s Snowy Mountains.
The lodge, which opened in July, is the first of three planned lodges in New England and the first in the UK.
A few hundred visitors are expected to use the ski lift in the summer and a snowmobile ride through the mountain trails in the winter.
“The lodge is open for the first time in more than 10 years and we are thrilled to welcome so many mountain biker and snowmobile riders to our area,” said John O’Neill, head of public affairs at Bear Creeks Lodge, which has a capacity of 15,000.
The area of the lodge is known as “the mountain” in New Zealander, meaning it has been visited by several famous people including Lord Byron, Lord George Grey, and George Washington.
The mountain also includes the world famous Kermode Caves, and is also a popular mountain to ski and snowmobile on.