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Rainbow ski resort and accommodation guide 2021

Hit the slopes at the only commercial ski field in the Nelson/Marlborough region.

Catering primarily to skiers and snowboarders of intermediate level, the Rainbow ski area has a decent amount of runs to satisfy your thirst for the slopes while in the Nelson/Marlborough region. At a height over 1,760 metres, snowfall is plentiful throughout the season and uncrowded slopes make this a good option for improving your skills on the well-groomed trails.

Snowboarders will be particularly interested in the range of jumps and bumps over the varied terrain, as well as the thrilling terrain park – definitely not for the faint of heart.

Rainbow is 112 kilometres from Nelson – or a 3 hour and 10-minute drive – and a 3-hour drive from Marlborough Airport. There is no accommodation near the slopes, but you can make use of the options available at St Arnaud, just 35 minutes away.

Rainbow ski pass prices

Pass typeFull passLearner passHalf day full passHalf day learners
Adult$87$58$59$39
Youth$42$29$29$20
Student$59$40$44$29
Senior$59$40$43$29

All passes are free for children under seven years of age. Half day passes are valid from 12:30pm.

What you need to know

  • Number of lifts: 5
  • Number of runs: 20+
  • Number of magic carpets: 0
  • Ski season dates 2021: TBC
  • Snow report: Check the daily Snow Report for detailed and up-to-date conditions and recent snowfalls
  • Trail breakdown: Beginners 25%, Intermediate 55%, Advanced 20%

Top 3 hotels in the Rainbow ski area

1. Avarest Bed & Breakfast

1. Avarest Bed & Breakfast from HotelsCombined

Address: 33 Kerr Bay Road, Saint Arnaud A warm and welcoming B&B with wonderful views and a cosy fireplace.

  • Features: Laundry facilities, library, terrace, luggage storage, tour desk
  • Closest lift: T-bar from main entrance
  • Does it have ski-in/ski-out? No
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2. Alpine Lodge Saint Arnaud

2. Alpine Lodge Saint Arnaud from HotelsCombined

Address: 75 Main Road, Saint Arnaud Well-equipped rooms to relax in, with spa bath and kitchenette plus movies on demand.

  • Features: Kids club, swimming pool, spa and wellness centre, room service, kitchenette
  • Closest lift: T-bar from main entrance
  • Does it have ski-in/ski-out? No
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3. Tophouse Mountain Cottages

3. Tophouse Mountain Cottages from HotelsCombined

Address: 68 Tophouse Road, Saint Arnaud Historic property with self-contained chalets and private rooms in a remote setting.

  • Features: Library, bathrobes, coffee bar, luggage storage, tour desk, water activities
  • Closest lift: T-bar from main entrance
  • Does it have ski-in/ski-out? No
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