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Rainbow History


Forty years ago a group of keen skiers came together and turned their dream of a ski field up the Rainbow peaks into a reality.   Ever since then snow lovers have graced, snow boarded, zoomed, tobogganed and tumbled down the slopes.

The development of Rainbow and its survival is testament to the hard work and cooperation of the Marlborough, Tasman and Nelson communities.  Dedicated leadership, the efforts and contributions of many individuals, groups and sponsors mean that this winter people will enjoy snow sports again in this region. 

Thank you everyone who has so willingly shared their memories and told their stories so far.

If you know a missing part of the story,  please send it to us so we can share with it with everyone. 

Over the next few months look here for installments that add to this story.   

Whats in a Name? 

Originally Rainbow was just an expanse of snow until the committee of the day thought it could be useful for people to know where they were on the mountain.   Exploring ski run names also uncovered other gems. 

Enjoy this first selection of the Rainbow story and if you know a part of the story that we haven't found yet love to hear from you  info@rainbow.co.nz

Whats in a Name - Ski Trails

Find out how the trails got their names and how they were developed.

Enjoy the second selection of the Rainbow story and if you know a part of the story that we haven't found yet love to hear from you  info@rainbow.co.nz

Whats in a Name - Road Features

Stories from the road and how the road features got their names.

Enjoy the third selection of the Rainbow story and if you know a part of the story that we haven't found yet love to hear from you  info@rainbow.co.nz