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Ski Area Info


Rainbow is a fantastic family ski area set in a stunning location adjacent to Nelson Lakes National Park. Run and maintained by the Rainbow Sports Club, you don’t need to be a member to ski here, everyone is welcome, we’d love to see you. 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.

Season approx July – September

100 Potential open days*

1.5 hrs from Nelson or Blenheim

40mins from st arnaud village

open 7 days weather dependant

Mountain Carpark elevation 1540m

top lift elevation 1760m

inbounds terrain 1820m

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.

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%


  • Fully licensed café serving food, cold and hot drinks, barrista coffee.
  • 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.
  • Extensive snow making facilities.

*. In-season open days subject to, and may be closed due to weather, snow conditions, no snow, natural events, rain events, public health measures, and or other circumstances.