A fantastic family ski area set in a stunning location
Rainbow Ski Area
Rainbow Ski Area is a great all-around mountain with wide uncrowded slopes and well-groomed trails providing superb terrain for beginners and intermediates while advanced skiers can challenge themselves in the high powder runs and chutes.
Rainbow Ski Area is located adjacent to Nelson Lakes National Park.
Rainbow Ski Area, located in the Nelson/Marlborough region, 17km off State Highway 63 turnoff. The access road takes you to the base car park where the regular shuttle service runs daily.
Elevation: 1760 metres
Lifts: 1 Main T-Bar, 1 Intermediate Platter, 1 Learners tow, 1 Terrain Park tow, 1 West Bowl access tow.
Lift Accessed Vertical Drop: 218m (715 feet)
Rainbow Ski Area Trail Map
Distance: Approx 1 hour 30 minutes drive from Nelson airport, 1 hour 20 minutes drive from Blenheim, 1 hour 40 minutes from Picton and 1 hour 20 minutes drive from Murchison.
Rainbow Ski Area Offers: Downhill skiing, snowboarding, ski & snowboard lessons, ski touring, ice climbing, mountain education courses, sleddingntro
Important information on Rainbow Ski Area’s access road & chains
Driving up the Rainbow Access Road it is MANDATORY that you carry a set of chains, from the bottom car park onwards. Even on days where chains do not need to be fitted, you MUST still carry a set of chains that will fit your vehicle. Conditions in this Alpine environment can and do change rapidly requiring that you fit chains to leave the mountain. For this reason, chains must always be either carried or fitted to your vehicle. You will be turned away at the base of the mountain or at the top car park if you are not carrying chains. The shuttle service is a good regular service for customers who do not have chains for their vehicles.
No chains, No access, No exceptions
PLEASE BE CAREFUL ON THE MOUNTAIN ROAD – UPHILL TRAFFIC HAS RIGHT OF WAY and PLEASE TURN YOUR LIGHTS ON.
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