Rainbow Ski Area

Point of Interest

5 from 1 user.


Rainbow Skifield Road, South Island.

(08) 322 2605





Rainbow Ski Area is high in the north of this great mountain chain within the world famous Nelson/Marlborough lifestyle region. Reaching a height of over 1760 metres, Rainbow captures regular winter snow, complemented by extensive snow making, all superbly groomed to create a stunning winter playground. 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. Snowboarders love the varied terrain, jumps, bumps and drops. A terrain park has been developed, offering more thrills & spills for adventurous boarders and skiers. Operating Hours: 9:00am to 4:00pm Operating Season: End of June until the end of September Access Road: 17km from State Highway 63 turnoff. Chains must be fitted or carried by all vehicles at all times from base car park. Shuttle service runs multiple trips daily from base car park. Mountain Car-park Elevation: 1540m (5,052 feet) Lift Accessed Vertical: 218m (715 feet) Lifts: 1 Main T-Bar, 1 Intermediate Platter , 1 Learners tow, 1 Terrain Park tow, 1 West Bowl access tow. Terrain: Beginners 25%, Intermediate 55%, Advanced 20% Facilities: The Rainbow Cafe - serving food, cold and hot drinks, espresso coffee. The Lone Star Rib Shack Rental - Full Ski & Snowboarding equipment and clothing. Ski repair and maintenance service. Retail Shop for accessories, clothing and rainbow branded souvenirs. First aid and emergency services. International Snowsports department for Ski & Snowboard lessons Snow-making facilities (4 TechnoAlpin & 1 Demaclenko Evo 3.0 Snow fan guns and several SMI fan guns too . Two Kassbohrer Pisten Bully snow groomers.

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Lat: -41.875381 Lng: 172.861024

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Nice little ski area at the top of the mountain where you can get a great view on the lake on certain tracks. BUT, you will need chains to get there in winter and I came here with a camper van, it's allowed but I stayed stuck because my chains broke. So 4WD is a preference or a light and small 2WD car. 8km of snowy gravel road but very beautiful.


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