Related Regions: New Zealand, Nelson, Oceania, Southern Hemisphere

Rainbow Ski Area Skiing

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Season Start/End: 07/14/2018 - 09/24/2018
4718ft - 5768ft
25%|55%| 20%| 0%
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from NZD39.00 to NZD80.00
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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. 

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.

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.



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    741 ac

Important Dates

  • Projected Opening: 07/14/2018
  • Projected Closing: 09/24/2018
  • Years Open: 18

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75 Main Rd St. Arnaud,
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Rainbow Ski Area - Australian Olympic team hopeful Rebecca Brown training at Rainbow Ski Area Sept 2016  - © kerrusstratford
Rainbow Ski Area - Race training course Harrys Way  - © kerrusstratford
Rainbow Ski Area - East Face run  - © kerrusstratford
Rainbow Ski Area - Harcourts Colleges race day  - © kerrusstratford

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Contact Info

  • Rainbow Ski Area

    Private Bag-St Arnaud

    7150 Nelson Lakes

    New Zealand

    Phone: 64-03-521-1861