Ski New Zealand

Rainbow Ski Resort Guide

Ski New Zealand

Rainbow Ski Resort Guide

Rainbow Ski Resort Guide

Learner Slopes, Rainbow photo

Rainbow

Photo credit: Daniel

Top of T lift on Rainbow Ski field photo

Rainbow

Photo credit: Daniel

Rainbow! photo

Rainbow

Photo credit: Snow Forecast Admin

Rainbow Road from above photo

Rainbow

Photo credit: Georgie Tudor-Jones

2014 Winter season powder, Rainbow photo

Rainbow

Photo credit: Georgie Tudor-Jones

Beautiful Rainbow Base Area photo

Rainbow

Photo credit: Georgie Tudor-Jones

Stunning Rainbow photo

Rainbow

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.

Travel

  • Nearest Airport:Nelson
  • Nearest Train Station:Blenheim
  • Tourist Office Phone:+6435211861
  • Tourist Office Website:www.skirainbow.co.nz
  • Slopeside accommodation:no
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Lifts

  • Season opens:7 Jul 2018
  • Season closes:
  • Lifts:5 surface lifts
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Rainbow logo
Announcements & News from the Rainbow ski resort manager

Information supplied 12 Jun 2018

Latest Snow Reportview full snow report

  • Issued:17 Sep
  • Last Snowfall:3 September 2018
  • Snow Depth (upper):
    120
    cm
  • Snow Depth (lower):
    80
    cm
  • Piste:Good
  • Off-piste:Best up high

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

night
clear
10 NW10
6 °CF-Level
2950m
AM
partly cloudy
10 WNW10
7 °CF-Level
3000m
PM
partly cloudy
15 WNW15
7 °CF-Level
2700m

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Rainbow Location Maps

Rainbow Location Map

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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