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Rainbow Ski Resort Guide

  • Weather Forecast for Rainbow at  m altitude issued: 12 pm24 Sep 2017 (local time)
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Rainbow Ski Resort Guide


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Rainbow Ski Resort Guide

Learner Slopes, Rainbow photo


Photo credit: Daniel

Top of T lift on Rainbow Ski field photo


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Rainbow! photo


Photo credit: Snow Forecast Admin

Rainbow Road from above photo


Photo credit: Georgie Tudor-Jones

2014 Winter season powder, Rainbow photo


Photo credit: Georgie Tudor-Jones

Beautiful Rainbow Base Area photo


Photo credit: Georgie Tudor-Jones

Stunning Rainbow photo


Photo credit: Georgie Tudor-Jones

Slope Stats

  • 1760m

  • 220m

  • 1540m

  • Acres of ski:600
  • Pistes:9
  • Snowmaking:Yes
  • Halfpipes:-
  • Terrain Parks:1
  • X-Country:-
  • beginner25%
  • intermediate55%
  • advanced20%

Rainbow is located close to the Nelson Lakes National Park, just 2 hours drive from Nelson or Blenheim. Overlooking Nelson Lakes National Park with its extensive beech forest and beautiful Lake Rotoiti, the views from the top of the chairlift at Rainbow are spectacular. The wide, uncrowded slopes and well groomed trails provide superb terrain for beginners and intermediates while advanced skiers can challenge themselves in the high powder runs and chutes. Rainbow's season usually extends from the start of July to mid October and the south to south easterly aspect ensures excellent snow quality throughout the season. Rainbow is accessed from State Highway 63, between Blenheim and St Arnaud (40 min drive), where a range of accommodation can be found.


  • Nearest Airport:Nelson
  • Nearest Train Station:Blenheim
  • Tourist Office Phone:+6435211861
  • Tourist Office
  • Slopeside accommodation:no
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  • Season closes:
  • Lifts:5 surface lifts
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We have closed for the season. Thank you to everyone who has supported Rainbow this season, we've had a blast! All the best for the summer and we will see you for the 2016 season!

Information supplied 7 Oct 2015

Latest Snow Reportview full snow report

  • Issued:21 Sep
  • Last Snowfall:18 September 2017
  • Snow Depth (upper):
  • Snow Depth (lower):
  • Piste:Good
  • Off-piste:Varied

Today’s Weather (1650 m)view full snow forecast

partly cloudy
20 WSW20
5 °CF-Level
rain showers
20 W20
6 °CF-Level
rain showers
35 WNW35
6 °CF-Level

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Visitor Reviews of Rainbow

Curly Todd from New Zealand writes:

One of New Zealand’s best Ski areas with terrain to cater to any ones ability. Rainbow has that real club laid back feel with staff and skiers/snowboarders alike having such a friendly accommodating attitude which is truly infectious. Rainbow hosts several events with the highlight for me being the Atomic Rainbow Masters held every year late August. This event consist of two events GS then SL, with the incredible unselfish organization being completed by the St Arnaud Ski Racing Foundation which makes my annual trip to Rainbow and the Rainbow Masters unmissable.

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