From the minute you arrive at the central check-in at Panorama Mountain Resort, you are ready to just step out on to the mountain, set in the in the glorious Purcell range in British Columbia, and with fabulous alpine views of the Rockies.
There is a tremendous amount of skiing in comparison with the size of the village, set at the foot of the mountain, and you can expect the spacious slopes to be quiet most of the time on your ski holiday to Panorama. Add good novice facilities and a relaxed atmosphere to fabulous slope-side accommodation and the quiet slopes and a Panorama ski holiday makes a good choice for families and mixed ability parties.
The tree lined slopes offer an excellent array of runs. There are some good beginners’ slopes along with plenty of novice terrain to build confidence. All the lifts offer trails suitable for a variety of abilities. Mile 1 and Champagne Express quad chairlifts open up a great range of runs including several long, wide groomers that weave right down the mountain. Advanced skiers should head for the Extreme Dream Zone and Taynton Bowl, which has over 1,000 acres of backcountry style skiing. The Taynton Bowl was further expanded recently going an extra 246 ft/75m higher up the mountain for some of the most brutish terrain of the resort, including 4 new double-black lines and a new resort distance record ski run over 6.5km long. The expansion makes Panorama among the Top 3 Resorts in Canada for vertical with 4,265 ft/1,300m, and there are plans for further terrain to be added in the coming years. There are some great glades to add into the mix too, while if you are looking for rails and kickers then head to one of the two excellent terrain parks, just above the village on your Panorama ski holiday. Night-skiing until 8pm is also offered on Friday and Saturday to help make the most of your time skiing.
Off piste enthusiasts will relish the fact that RK Heli-ski are based at the village, with their helipad just a couple of minutes walk from the village centre, making the expansive glaciers and snowfields on the edge of the Bugaboos easily accessible and adding another dimension to your ski holiday to Panorama.
Off the slopes
Off the slopes
With much of the slopeside accommodation at Panorama Mountain Resort, it almost feels like you can touch the slopes and all of the accommodation that we feature – ranging from studios to stunning townhomes – is ski-in/ski-out or just a few steps from the lifts and the village.
Canada’s largest on-mountain hot pools dominate the landscape at the base of the mountain, offering all guests a perfect place to unwind after skiing. There is a good variety of restaurants and bars in the village, from the classic sports bar menu at the T-bar & Grill to gourmet dining at the Cabin Smokehouse. For a more alpine feel to dining, there are also three mountain huts available, each offering both lunch and après options. Another great option is to take advantage of the free shuttle down into Invermere and explore this delightful Canadian town which has a selection of resturants and bars to satisfy your hunger and thirst! Several other off-slope diversions are also on offer, including snowmobiling at nearby Toby Creek, an ice-skating ring nestled in the heart of the village or exploring the extensive Nordic trails throughout the valley by cross-country ski, snowshoe or fat tire bikes.
|Transfer / Driving Time
Calgary (3 1/2 hrs)
Two terrain parks
|Avg annual snowfall
8,500 skiers per hour
|Number of runs
Dec 8 to Apr 8
|Number of lifts
10 inc 1 gondola & 4 Quads
2,975 acres – 25% expert, 55% advanced/intermediate & 20% beginners
Frontier’s Personal Experience
“Panorama is one of my favourite resorts; it is a beautiful part of the world with a quiet village with plenty of skiing for all abilities to keep you occupied. There is some great tree skiing to be had and the place is so uncrowded you would be very unlucky to be in a lift queue! If you are into chicken wings then head to the T-bar and Grill as they have some of the best wings I have ever tasted and I’ve tried a few! The Picnic Cafe at the base is also a great spot for breakfasts. I would also recommend making use of the free shuttle into nearby Invermere which is a lovely town to explore.”Michael Williamson,