New Zealand

Rainbow Ski Area Ski Resort

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# 2Family Friendly in Oceania
# 2Overall in New Zealand
# 1Terrain Park in Nelson
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Overview

Rainbow Ski Area is located next to the Nelson Lakes National Park in the Southern Alps of the South Island of New Zealand. Visitors experience great views of Lake Rotoiti and beautiful beech forest that makes up the national park.

Known for wide, uncrowded slopes and well groomed trails, Rainbow Ski Area caters to all types of skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts. From bumps and jumps to chutes and drops, Rainbow offers a little something for everyone. Skiers and riders will find 218m of lift accessed vertical. Facilities include a cafe, ski shop, ski and snowboard school and more. 

A variety of motels, lodges, bed and breakfasts, cottages, and guesthouses are available in St. Arnaud.

Terrain

Terrain at Rainbow Ski Area is varied and offers a little of everything for all ski and snowboard ability types. Beginners feel at home on this mountain with wide open runs that are synonymous with New Zealand ski fields.  

Rainbow Ski Area also offers a terrain park for those looking to hit some rails and jumps. Great steep challenging terrain is off of Allan’s Way on the East Face.

Inside Scoop

Ski and snowboard lessons, rentals, childrens fun programs, and school group programs are available. Rainbow Ski Area is about 35 minutes away from St. Arnaud. Shuttles run to and from St. Arnaud but if you decide to drive yourself chains may be required.


Plan Your Trip

Rainbow Ski Area Lodging

Best Time for Snow

Average Snowfall

17"
11"
7"
4"
1"
4"
Jun
9"
Jul
14"
Aug
9"
Sep
1"
Oct

Total Lifts: 5

5
Surface Lifts

Elevation

5768'
Summit
1050'
Vertical Drop
4718'
Base

Important Dates

July 09, 20222022/07/09
Projected Opening
October 02, 20222022/10/02
Projected Closing
N.A.
Projected Days Open
N.A.
Days Open Last Year
22
Years Open
0"
Average Snowfall
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