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Rainbow is 32 km's from St. Arnaud. The road consists of about 10 km's of main highway before the access road turnoff. The valley road is sealed and meanders for about 14 km's through beech forest, farm land and five fords up the Wairau River Valley. An access gate signals the start to the unsealed mountain road.


Rainbow Ski Area is situated adjacent to the Nelson Lakes National Park and only 2 hours drive from Nelson or Blenheim.
The Ski Area is accessed from State Highway 63 between Blenheim and St Arnaud. In the Alpine village of St Arnaud, 40 minutes from the skiing, there is a range of accommodation from backpackers through to luxury lodges.
Overlooking Nelson Lakes National Park with its extensive beech forest and beautiful Lake Rotoiti, the views from the top of the T-bar are spectacular.
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.
Rainbow's season usually extends from late June to mid October and the south to south easterly aspect ensures excellent snow quality throughout the season."

Nearest Town St Arnaud
Distance (km) 24
Nearest Airport Nelson
Distance (km) 144
Annual Snow Fall (m)  
Season Opens Mid June
Seaon Closes Mid October
Skiable Area (Hectares) 300
Total Number of Lifts 3
Base Altitude (m) 1438
Highest Altitude (m) 1758
Beginner 25%
Intermediate 55%
Advanced 20%
Chairlfts 0
T-Bars 1
Platters 0
Rope Tows 2
Ski School Yes
Ski Hire Yes
Chain Hire No
Groomers Yes
Half Pipe No
Terrain Park No
Cafe Yes
Bar Yes
Accommodation on Ski Area No

Contact Details
Company Name Rainbow Ski Area
Phone 64 3 3 5211861
Fax 64 3 5211144
Mail Beyond Rainbow Mountain Snowsports Inc.
Box 701 Nelson

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