Ski field bigger, better

04:00, Jun 05 2012
Rainbow Ski
Bigger and better: Rainbow Skifield near St Arnaud is being developed for a target opening on June 30.

Greg Robinson normally tackles Rainbow's slopes on his snowboard, but this summer took an excavator to the ski field instead.

He was one of a team of Edridge Contracting workers who volunteered their time to make the ski field bigger and better for this season.

The Pelorus Bridge company sent a fleet of machinery up to the ski field at St Arnaud for four days of digging, grading and bulldozing, creating two new specially shaped terraces below the terrain park, while widening, smoothing and improving other runs.

Edridge Contracting manager Malcolm Edridge said the work, which was largely done for free, was about supporting the community and ensuring Rainbow Skifield was there for his kids and staff to enjoy.

"I want to see it survive up there."

The staff working on the hill were skiers and boarders, and volunteered their time for the same reason, he said.


Rainbow spokesman Hamish Neill said the company had been very supportive of the field for several years.

"They almost have an ownership themselves in the field. It's a great relationship, because they don't just do what's required. They get involved in decision making for the best outcome, they go the extra mile and do a great job."

He said the work done in the summer programme would provide more terrain for boarders and skiers in the park, but also improve existing runs higher up on the field and along the Easy Way Home cat track.

"The field is now getting ready to make snow on the lower slopes in preparation for the target opening date of June 30."

The Marlborough Express