Is Rainbow snowsure?

The snowiest week in Rainbow is week 2 of August. There are typically 3.5 snowy days during this week with 20cm of snowfall. Check out the Rainbow Snow History graphs below.Select any week of the year to see the typical Ski Conditions, Snowfall Amount and Temperature based on nowcast weather data over the last 11 years.

Average monthly snow in Rainbow

MonthSnow amount (week)Snow days (week)
June11cm2.6 days
July17cm3.2 days
August16cm3.4 days
September14cm3.2 days

Average Snow and Weather Conditions in Rainbow during August (week 1):

The average snowfall forecast during week 1 of August for Rainbow is 18 cm. There are typically 3.8 snowy days during this week. Rainbow normal weather and snow conditions during the first week of August at the middle elevation of the ski area at 1650m, based on historical averages over the last 10 years: At this time of year the mean freezing level (1581m) is very near the middle elevation of Rainbow. Regular fresh snowfalls can be relied on in Rainbow at the start of August. On average, expect four days with snowfall per week but a rainy day during this week happens about one year in two. Forecast model average snowfall for the week is 18cm. Temperatures should usually remain a few degrees below freezing. Average maximum temperature at the middle elevation in Rainbow during week one of August is -0.6°C while the average minimum temperature is only -2.2°C. On average, a couple of days per week will have some sunshine. Mostly light winds (average 19km/h) are unlikely to affect lift operations but the historical norm is for the mean wind to reach 30km/h one day per week. Sunny, calm and below freezing ideal weather days that follow new snow (bluebird powder days) happen on average one day every second year during this week but sunny, calm and below-freezing days that don't have new snow occur on average one day during this week each year.


Snow History: Compare Resorts


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Snow Depths

Recorded snow depths for the upper and lower slopes in Rainbow and (2007 – 2018).

Winter
Summer

Rainbow


Lower Slopes
Upper Slopes
Fresh Snow

Average Snow Conditions in

Best ski days per week in Rainbow and (2007 – 2018)

Winter
Summer

Bluebird Powder Day
(Fresh snow, mostly sunny, light wind)
Powder Day
(Fresh snow, limited sun, any wind)
Bluebird Day
(Average snow, mostly sunny, light wind)
Very windy days
(>30km/h)

The most cherished days on the mountain in Rainbow are Bluebird Powder days when it is mostly sunny with light winds following very recent snowfall. Poorer weather conditions may prevail on Powder days when the visibility can be limited but the snow is significantly deep and fresh for keen powder-hounds. Bluebird days can suit many skiers that aren’t necessarily hunting powder but want to enjoy the snowy mountains in sunnier conditions and light winds.


Average Snowfall in

Graph showing the average precipitation (snow/rain) in Rainbow and (2007 – 2018)

Winter
Summer

Snowfall amount
(bar chart)
Days with significant snowfall.
(>5cm)
Days with significant rainfall.
(>5mm)

The snowiest weeks of the year in Rainbow are shown but also bear in mind the number of days that it typically snows each week if you want regular fresh tracks. The risk of a rainy day is shown but be sure to switch between elevations to see if lower lifts are rain affected or higher lifts remain snowy despite any rain further down the mountain.


Average Temperature in

Graph showing the average temperature and freezing level at Rainbow and (2007 – 2018)

Winter
Summer

Average temperature
Maximum
Minimum
Temperatures
Above freezing
Below freezing
Freezing level
Dashed line

The highest and lowest temperatures averaged for each week of the year in Rainbow are shown. Check out the risk of freze-thaw conditions prevailing at different elevations for any given week. We also show the extremes of temperature (blue/red dots) that reveal the chance of unusually warm or cold conditions.