Rainbow Snow Report:

The Rainbow snow report is: 0 out of 5 Lifts open. Our model predicted that 1cm (0.4 inches) of snow fell over 12 hours between Sunday 08 of December at 10PM and Monday 09 of December at 10AM NZDT at the mid mountain level. Compacted depth will be less.


Fresh Snow Depth:

Long Snow History
No recent snow

Last significant snowfall:

Ankle
7cm
Tue 19 Nov

Rainbow snow depths: updated 08 December 2019

Mountain
Upper snow depth:Snow RadarTell us
Lower snow depth:

Rainbow resort conditions:

Our Snow Report for Rainbow brings daily updates on the snow conditions, snow depths, piste and offpiste conditions and the number of open ski lifts. The latest Rainbow snow report shown below was updated on 8 Dec 2019. Snow Reports are provided regularly throughout the ski season courtesy of our own network of ski resort managers, the Skiclub of Great Britain and Skiresort Service International GmbH. In addition to the current report on ski conditions, we also provide webcams (including a 4 week cam archive), current live observations from nearby weather stations and also historical snow data for Rainbow.

Last snowfall:

4cm
Nov 14
6cm
Nov 18
9cm
Nov 19
1cm
Dec 08

Resort report:

Conditions piste
Piste condition:
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Conditions off piste
Off Piste condition:
Next snowfall
Next snowfall:
4cm Tue 17 Dec (AM)
Next significant snowfall
Next significant snowfall:
4cm Tue 17 Dec (AM)
Lift
Lifts open:
0 out of 5
Conditions runs
Resort runs:

Rainbow snow conditions

  • 0
    Bluebird Powder Days
  • 1
    Powder Days
  • 1
    Bluebird Days

Snow Radar

Latest snow reports near Rainbow:

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Rainbow Snow Depths:

Recorded snow depths for the upper and lower slopes in Rainbow 2019. The long term average for the upper slopes is also shown for comparison.

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Snow reports for resorts near Rainbow

Find the best conditions for skiing and snowboarding near Rainbow using our Snowfinder page.

Resort
Issued: 2 days ago 435km  away
Issued: today 5505km  away
Issued: yesterday 8086km  away
Issued: 2 days ago 8176km  away
Issued: yesterday 8834km  away
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Snow Depth
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Last Snow
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1cm
2 days ago
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13cm
today
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yesterday
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1cm
2 days ago
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Next 9 Days
0-3
3-6
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17cm
21cm
32cm
0-3
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0cm
0cm
0cm
0-3
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1cm
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0-3
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0-3
3-6
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4cm
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15cm
Weather
Sat
snow showers
Sun
heavy snow
Mon
rain showers
Mid station 1543m
Sat
thunderstorm
Sun
thunderstorm
Mon
thunderstorm
Mid station 2442m
Fri
light snow
Sat
light rain
Sun
rain showers
Mid station 580m
Fri
partially cloudy
Sat
partially cloudy
Sun
light rain
Mid station 981m
Fri
light snow
Sat
partially cloudy
Sun
light rain
Mid station 1749m

Notes on the Rainbow Snow Report

The snow report describes the piste and off-piste ski conditions at Rainbow. You can submit an updated snow report here. Piste and off-piste are often different so we ask snow reporters to describe Rainbow piste and off-piste conditions separately. If these details are missing from the Rainbow snow report, you can predict off-piste conditions using the snow depth, the date of the most recent snowfall at Rainbow, the Rainbow weather report and the forecast.

Members can check the hindcast for a timeline of Rainbow weather conditions. This detailed weather log makes it easy to predict snow conditions at Rainbow, even when the snow report is too old to be useful. The hindcast shows when our weather model last predicted snowfall at Rainbow. It shows how much snow we think fell then, and the way freezing level, wind and weather have varied through time. You will be able to predict whether to expect off-piste powder, slush, spring snow, ice or wind crust.

If you see a report of powder or fresh snow conditions several days after snow last fell, there is usually a good reason. At crowded ski resorts, off-piste new snow will be tracked out within hours of a fresh fall but wherever crowds are light in relation to the accessible terrain, it will be possible to stay fresh much later, perhaps several days later. Alternatively, strong winds sometimes redistribute powder snow enough to cover old tracks, or it may simply be that the ski area was not fully open for some period after the snow fell, so fresh snow that fell a while ago has remained un-tracked until this report.

Whenever weather conditions change, Rainbow snow conditions will change too, so it is important to check the time and date of the Rainbow snow report and to guess what effect the weather will have had on snow quality between then and now. For example, the Rainbow snow report on Friday afternoon may indicate fresh powder but if Friday night is mild and rainy then ski conditions will be very poor on Saturday morning. Conversely, if the weather stays stable and cold, the same snow report can be valid for more than a week. We advise that you check the Rainbow snow forecast to see if conditions are likely to change before your visit.

Many skiers enjoy moguls and fast icy pistes but for off-piste skiers and free-ride snowboarders, fresh snow starts to deteriorate from the moment it settles. Wind, rain and periods of above-freezing temperature are the primary cause of the evolution from fresh powder to windslab, ice or slush. High altitude slopes that are shaded from the sun and sheltered from the wind preserve powder stashes longer after fresh snowfall. If the snow report mentions pockets of powder at Rainbow, study the Rainbow piste map in relation to the wind direction to determine the most likely locations.

We stress the importance of checking the date on the Rainbow snow report particularly around weekends. For example, the snow report for Rainbow on Friday may indicate powder after recent snowfall but following a sunny and busy weekend, when the locals hit the mountains en masse, the ski conditions (at any resort) can deteriorate rapidly and late arrivals may see very different ski conditions. Of course some people look for deteriorating conditions in the snow report for the likely development of mogul fields but for powder lovers and particularly snowboarders this can mean tracked out off-piste snow. Of course, this doesn’t always happen quickly after fresh snowfall particularly at quiet South facing resorts at high altitude where genuine powder stashes may be found days or even weeks later. It is worth checking the piste map for Rainbow (found in menu above) for the location of favourable slopes that may be described in the "Rainbow Snow Conditions" part of the snow report. In addition to checking the Rainbow snow report we recommend that you check the snow forecasts found in the menu at the top of the page along with our ski resort guide.