Timings : 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM (Winter)
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM (Summer)
Time Required : 2-3 hours
Luge is a sport in which one or two people lie supine on a horizontal board-like structure, called a luge. It is a part of the Winter Olympics, where the tracks are made of ice, and the athletes control the luge with the help of their calf and back muscles. Sleds have been widely used for ages in many parts of the world, but the first documented luge race is said to have been in the 15th century in Norway.
The first organized meeting for the sport was organized in 1883, in Switzerland. The first world championship of the sport were held in 1955 in Oslo, Norway. Since then, it has grown in popularity and has become a prominent sport of the Winter Olympics.
There are two types of trails at the Skyline, Queenstown. They are called the Blue Track and Red Track:
The Blue Track is a leisurely ride with gentle gradient, easy bends, tunnels and dips.
The Red Track has a steeper gradient and is a more adventurous ride with the thrill of banked corners, tunnels, dippers and cuttings. Everyone is required to complete the Blue Track on their first times, only the are they allowed to go on the Red Track.
The starting point of the gondola rides is located at Brecon Street, which is a short walk from central Queenstown. This gondola ride, which is the steepest gondola ride in the Southern Hemisphere, takes you to for Skyline Queenstown Terminal, which is near Bob’s Peak. The place has facilities other than luge, which include mountain biking, viewing decks, stargazing and multiple cafes and restaurants.
The main Luge entrance is a few metres from the Terminal, and it takes you to the top of the hill, from where the luge track begins. There are walking tracks around Skyline Queenstown, which you can use to walk around and see the place.
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