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Rainbow Ski Field to suspend operations. Members are offered refunds or credits for the 2021 season

We understand that there is a lot of uncertainty and questions related to Covid-19 (Coronavirus) for us as Rainbow. Firstly and most importantly we need to do what we can to keep ourselves, our staff and our community safe.

In order to ensure we can provide members refunds and/or the ability to use their pass next year we have made the decision to suspend operations. We have closed the membership shop. Should we be unable to open this year then any member that has already bought a Season Pass or Academy lesson can carry their pass over to 2021 or get a refund.

Rainbow Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statement


Rainbow Ski Area has been and is tracking every new development related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and will comply with the latest government health advice as this situation continues to evolve.
While resorts in the Northern Hemisphere are forced to close or voluntarily close due to the Coronavirus, and we know that many of you are rightly concerned about the upcoming New Zealand ski/boarding season.
There are just over 14 weeks until we open and our plan has not changed. We hope to open as scheduled on the 3rd of July 2020.

Without question, our top priority is the health and wellbeing of our staff, members, guests and the community that we operate in. We are fully prepared to adapt our calendar to deliver a complete 2020 ski/board season though again this is an ever changing environment and the safety of our staff, members and guest remains our priority.

Season Pass Early Season Sale 2020 Starts Now

Season Pass and Snowsports Academy Sale for the 2020 Season
We have had a quiet summer while working on some maintenance on the Mountain plus completing the integration with the new POS/Reservation system that we installed at the beginning of last season. So now our 2020 Seasons Passes and Snowsports Academy programme are on sale.

2019 Season's Greetings

Passes, Maintenance and 2020 Events
The 2019 winter season is long behind us and the snow is finally gone, we have been busy tiding up things for the 2020 season which starts on the 3rd of July 2020!  Put it in your calendars. To check out what else is happening over summer read on

Spring Skiing Promotion 2019

Membership Sale
To top off the amazing blue skies, endless turns and the chance to work on that goggle tan, we've got some great deals on Spring passes to get you on the slopes for September valid from Thursday 4th of September until the end of the season.

Rainbow Update 5th August 2019

Road Incident
Good Morning Rainbow Community

Here is our Mountain update for Monday the 5th of August following the road issues yesterday afternoon.

We thank everyone for their patience yesterday and again all vehicles and guest were off the mountain and safe last night. This includes the individual that was transported to the hospital after a road accident. A big thank you also to the staff and guests who worked so hard to ensure everyone was safe.

Sunday the 14th of July Update

Mountain Update – 14th of July 2019
The rain has turned into snow and as of writing this we have received around 15cm of wet snow, which unfortunately is not enough to open the Mountain. That said, there is more snow on the way and our Groomer Operators are out track packing the snow so that we don’t lose it should the wind pick up.

If this snow keeps falling and the next snow fall does arrive we will be able connect the T-bar line from Tower #5 to Tower #7/8, which means we can open Right now if all the planets align it looks like Thursday morning, but we will update you as soon as possible when we can confirm this.

11th of July 2019 Mountain Update

Well we did receive the 1st natural snow fall in several weeks – 1 to 3 cms last night, yet this is not enough for us to reopen the Mountain this weekend.

Please note that means that there will be no Snowsports Academy this Saturday the 13th & Sunday the 14th as the Mt will be closed.

We are looking at another front that is coming through tomorrow.

So, in anticipation of this next front and the potential of natural snow, our Operations Team is going back to making snow is evening. Should this natural snow really fall and with our snowmaking we should be able connect the T-bar line from Tower #5 to Towers #7/8 which means we could re-open sometime next week, and this would include the T-bar. Again, we will not be open this weekend.


Fingers crossed that all the stars align, and we will send out an update on Sunday Morning.

2019 Season Opening Update

2019 Season Opening Update
Good News....Rainbow Ski Area will open our beginners and intermediate area ONLY as scheduled on Friday the 28th of June (The T-Bar will NOT be open). Our plan, weather permitting, is to open on the 28th, 29th & 30th of June (NO T-Bar or upper Mountain), close for the week and then reopen for the season on the 6th of July with all lifts. (snow/slope conditions permitting)

Though we have had no natural snow for a while our SnowSecure plan and our Operations crews have done an amazing job of making snow to enable us to open the Pomeroys’ Handle Tow in the Beginners area and our Callahan and Martella Platter on our Intermediate slope. This is a great opportunity for families and those new to skiing and riding to come up and experience Rainbow. Day Ticket Prices will be set at the learners’ area only.

The road has recently received new material/gravel and some sections have seen a much-needed improvement, so it is ready for the season, all thanks to Edridge

Rainbow Update May 2019

Ski Sale Change of Date
Firstly we have had to postpone the ski sales which were supposed to be this weekend. It will now be June 15th and 16th in Nelson and Blenheim respectively. One of the major suppliers to the ski sale has had gear, arriving from Europe, held up in Brisbane. After much deliberation, we have decided to postpone the sale. This is to ensure we have maximum gear available for purchase which is good for customers and Rainbow. Apologies for the short notice and the change of plans. Check out facebook for more information and see you all in a couple of weeks.

Newsletters 2019

25th of March 2019 - Membership Sales, Corporate Partners & Work Parties

5th of March 2019 - Season Passes, Summer Maintenance & AGM

14th of December 2018 - Early Bird Passes & Corporate Partners

23rd of November 2018 - Season Passes on Sale,, 2019 Pricing & Open in the Summer