Rainbow

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Resort Summary
Resort Name Rainbow
Location {{{location}}}
Resort Altitude 1540-1758m
Winter Season July to September
Terrain Overall:
Beginner: 25%
Intermediate: 55%
Advanced: 20%
Lift System 1 T-bar, 2 beginners drag lifts
Highest Lift 1758m
Lowest Lift 1540m
Vertical 218m
Longest Run 1.5km
Avg Snowfall
Terrain Parks
Snow Sports
Facilities Cafe. Ski+Board Rental. Ski & Board School. SMI snowmaking facilities and 1 Kassabourer Snowgroomer.
Nearest Town Saint Arnaud 33km.
Lift Pass
Adult 5 Day $
Adult 1 Day $
Child 5 Day $
Child 1 Day $
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Overview 

The local ski area for Nelson and Blenheim (upper South Island). One T-bar plus learner lifts. Small and friendly, rarely crowded.

Can be quite different in snowfall patterns to the southern resorts (so if snow no good down south, check the Rainbow snow report, it could be worth the trip).

Location

Northern part of South Island, New Zealand.

Pros

  • Friendly and uncrowded.
  • Good learner areas, safe for kids.
  • Great views.
  • Good backcountry touring access.
  • Snowmaking ensures main runs open.

Cons

  • Natural snow cover on expert runs a bit unreliable.
  • A long way from other ski areas.

Contacts

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Planning

Getting There

33km from St Arnaud, 14km of which is gravel. Pretty good road by NZ standards. Nothing scary. The backpackers in St Arnaud has a shuttle bus going up the mountain road in the mornings.

Accommodation

On Mountain

One ski club lodge on mountain. Development plans for future are for large accommodation on-snow - watch this space.

Off Mountain

St Arnaud township has backpackers, and motels.

Lift Tickets

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Ski School

Ski and board school, well organised.

Equipment Hire

Snowboard and ski equipment.


Resort Facilities

Getting Around

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Activities

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Dining

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Shopping

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Children

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Ride Guide

Beginner Areas

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Groomed Runs

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Off Piste

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Out of Bounds

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Cross Country

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Parks & Pipes

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Bumps

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Powder Zones

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Sheltered Runs

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Snowplay

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Other

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Geography

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Resources

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Maps

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