Sustainability

Like you, we love Rainbow. We all get to enjoy a pristine mountain experience right on our backdoor.  We want to encourage our members and visitors to actively look after our environment where we can and make small changes that collectively add up to be a big effort to protect what we have.

Tree Planting 

2021 saw the beginning of a native tree planting project to help offset our Co2 emissions from 2021, and the future.  1,000 Trees grown from local seed, were planted on a local farm. 2022 Spring will see our next Planting. Members are invited to help with this initiative. 

Pest Control

Rainbow Ski field is fortunate to have local Community protecting our borders with the National park by trapping.  Predators include the likes of possums, rats and stoats that limit food sources for native birds and destroy our native flora.

Carpooling 

Rainbow is excited to be involved this year in the Snowriders Carpooling Initiative – check it out here https://snowriders.nz/

Carpooling and filling up your car not only helps our environment but your fellow Skiing or Boarding friends. Rainbow continues to offer our Shuttle service – click here for more information.

Kea Conservation 

You may have read we have spent quite a bit of time and manpower on protecting these native visitors to our Mountain.  In 2021 all lead screws on Rentals, A Frame, Staff room, and Staff accommodation were replaced. New ridges were also replaced as lead has been found under them. Painting was completed to get all our buildings looking smart in matching Karaka green.  Thank you Yealands Estate Wines for the grant to do this important work on our field. Over Summer 2021-2022 another grant received from Yealands Estate Wines was used to remove all tyres from the field.

Rubbish & Recycling 

We’d like you to think about your rubbish and recycling generated on the mountain and encourage you to take it home with you where possible.  In 2022 we will be working towards a Zero Waste Policy for Rainbow.  We will keep you updated as this comes into place.  Unfortunately given our location, your Recycling has a better chance of reaching the desired location, if you can dispose of it at home.  2021 saw the purchase of a trailer to be converted into a Recycle Trailer through the help of a grant.  While the Committee continues to work towards setting up a more complete Recycling program on the mountain your help would be appreciated. We ask you please take your own rubbish home – be a tidy Kiwi!

Water Bottles 

We have our drinking refill station conveniently placed behind the public bathrooms for you to fill your own bottles.  Permanently chilled water always on tap!

Café 

Our Commitment to you is to continue to improve in our Café with our packaging, and throwaway items. This year we aim to increase the use of reusable dishes, cups and glassware.  You can help us too! Our staff are busy and bringing your own ‘Keep Cup’ to our Café helps not only our environment but also staffing resources. A discount will be given to those who use a ‘Keep Cup’. Rainbow was pleased to introduce the sale of the “Rainbow Keep Cups” in 2021, thank you to those that purchased these from us.