CANADIAN SKI & SNOWBOARD VACATIONS
Panorama Mountain Resort view
Panorama Mountain Resort. Photo credit: Destination BC

You’ll find Panorama tucked away at the end of a mountain lined road surrounded by those panoramic peaks that give the resort its name.

Panorama sits deep in the Columbia Valley and is a purpose build ski-in, ski-out resort with slopeside hot springs, dining cabins perched mid and top of the mountain and a plethora of adventures from heli skiing to paragliding. Add some of the best groomers in the land on the front side with fantastic fall line skiing,and cat accessed ski patrolled off piste magic on the back. With an average winter temperature of 25F (-5C) it’s a comfortable temperature for families, especially with little ones and little fingers in mittens.

Why Panorama?

Great for families as the ski-in, ski-out village is central to the resort and the mountain offers a solid mix of beginner to intermediate to advanced and then expert terrain. First time heli skiers will love RK Heli who offer a fantastic intermediate terrain style experience for those new to the sport. With Invermere 30 minutes down the road filled with ice skating adventures, quirky shopping and Canadian dining to keep you busy on down days.

 

About panorama mountain resort

THE SNOW

Skier at Panorama Mountain Resort
Panorama Mountain Resort. Photo credit: Destination BC

Panorama enjoys over 16.5 feet (5 m) of snowfall a season with snow making also on offer. Expect 2,975 acres (1,204 ha) of terrain – ranging from wide open fall-line cruisers to powder-filled tree lines, and the steep and deep exhilaration of Taynton Bowl.

 

50% of Panorama’s runs are suitable for beginners or intermediates. For black-diamond runs, head to Taynton Bowl. Formerly a heli-skiiing area, Taynton Bowl is now within bounds, so the slopes are patrolled, avalanche controlled and no backcountry gear is needed. Warm up first, as the 750 acre (303 ha) bowl is all black runs.

 

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THE VILLAGE & TOWN

Panorama Mountain Resort village area
Panorama Mountain Resort. Photo credit: Destination BC/Kari Medig

Panorama has an intimate village at the base with a handful of cafes and restaurants, a T Bar Grill and a Smokehouse Cabin.  Add a Candy Cabin for sugar addicts, a general store for essentials, two ski and snowboard shops, a physiotherapist and an art gallery and you’re pretty much done.

 

If you have a desire to shop more then head back down the access road to the nearby town of Invermere where local artisans abide and discover a Main Street filled with galleries, boutiques and outdoor stores, a local distillery and coffee roaster.

 

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WHERE TO STAY

Panorama Mountain Resort relaxing area
Panorama Mountain Resort. Photo credit: Destination BC/Kari Medig

Panorama’s purpose built village means that wherever you sleep you’re not far from a chairlift. Choose from a selection of slopeside condominiums for every budget from lush town homes along Toby Creek to ski-in, ski-out retreats. There is literally a lodge or condo complex to suit every need.

 

Panorama Springs Lodge is one of the resort’s premium accommodation offerings and home to the renowned Panorama Springs Pools. These condominiums offer direct ski-in, ski-out access to the beginner lifts and the Mile 1 Express.  The best location on the mountain.

 

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TOP 5 REASONS TO VISIT PANORAMA

Panorama Mountain Resort cottage
Panorama Mountain Resort. Photo credit: Destination BC/Kari Medig

#1. Ski-in ski-out village of self contained apartments with plenty of space for family travellers.

 

#2. Slopeside hot pools for soaking at the end of a thigh burning day skiing and snowboarding.

 

#3. Variety of terrain — fall line groomers, fields of trees, steep and deeps in Taynton Bowl and 4265 feet (1300) m of vertical.

 

#4. Lake Windermere Whiteway – the longest natural frozen pathway in the world with 29kms of ice skating, fat biking, and nordic skiing trails.

 

#5. The views, the views, the views, remember to look up, and breathe!

 

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RESORT FACTS

Panorama Mountain Resort area
Photo credit: Panorama

DESIGNATED TRAILS:

#Trails Beginner Intermediate Advanced Extreme
129 15% (Green Circle – Easier) 35% (Blue Square – More Difficult) 20% (Black Diamond – Most Difficult) 30% (Double Black Diamond – Expert Only)

ANNUAL SNOWFALL:

Panorama Mountain Resort 204 inches 520 cm

TERRAIN:

Resort Area 2975  acres 1204 ha

VERTICAL DROP:

Vertical Drop: 4265 ft / 1300m
Longest Run: 6.5 km (located in Taynton Bowl)
Summit Elevation 8038 ft / 2450m
Base Elevation: 1150m / 3773 ft

NUMBER OF LIFTS & UPHILL CAPACITY:

Lift System: 10 lifts. 1 Village Gondola, 2 Express Quad Chairs, 2 Quad Chairs, 1 Triple Chair, 1 Double Chair, 1 Platter, 2 Carpet lifts
Uphill Capacity: 8500 skiers per hour

NORDIC SKIING

Like a little solitude? Cross-country skiing might be for you.

Through forest and along Toby Creek, the multi-use trail network offers more than 20 km of regularly groomed trails, suitable for classic and skate skiing. Imagine — space to yourself,  uncrowded, and spectacular mountain scenery to cross-country ski. Different routes for all levels of skiers and abilities. If you’re up to it, take the 7.5 mile (12 km) loop out to the Hale Hut Warming Cabin for an unforgettable afternoon in the mountains with spectacular views.

 

The Lake Windermere Whiteway, recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest ice-skating loop,  is just 20 km from the resort (accessible by free shuttle bus). The views of the Rockies and the Purcells from the expanse of the frozen lake are sensational! More trails are available deep in the Kootenays too and the Toby Creek Nordic Ski Club can help point you in the right direction.

 

NIGHT SKIING

Panorama Mountain Village operates 7 days a week into the night on Showoff with access via the Mile 1 High Speed Quad. Rising 1200 ft above the village, the Showoff trail is over a mile long. It’s described as a gentle rolling cruiser, great for all abilities and groomed daily.

 

The expanded terrain and high speed lift access has proven popular with families vacationing at the resort and local residents coming up from Invermere after a day of work or school.

 

SEASON DATES & OPENING HOURS 

To reduce your wait, Panorama has invested in RFID technology and snowmaking to bring the beginning of the ski season closer to now, and when it’s here, get you on the mountain faster.

 

Early December – mid April each year. Snowmaking on 40% of main named runs.

 

WINTER HOURS OF OPERATION

9.00 am – 3.30 pm Note: These times are provided by the ski resort and can vary based on external conditions, day of the week, school, and public holidays

 

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GETTING THERE

FLY

Calgary International Airport (YYC) is the most common access point to Panorama.  It’s 193 miles (311 km) from Panorama through the world famous Banff and Kootenay National Parks. During the winter season we offer airport transfers from YYC.

 

Canadian Rockies International Airport (YXC) is just 100 miles (161 km) from Panorama. Spokane International Airport (GEG) is 288 miles (464 km) from Panorama. Glacier Park International Airport (FCA) in Kalispell, MT is 217 miles (349 km) from Panorama Mountain Resort, in British Columbia.

 

DRIVE

Panorama is situated in BC’s Purcell Mountains, with alpine views to the Rocky Mountains. The nearest major city is Calgary, AB, just a 3½ hour drive away. Access from Calgary is west, via Highway 1 through the Banff and Kootenay National Parks, followed by a turn south on Highway 93 through to Radium and onwards to Invermere, BC.

 

From Invermere, a gentle 20 minute drive rises into the Purcell Mountains and winds towards Panorama Mountain Resort.

 

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TRAIL MAP

Panorama Mountain Resort trail map

Things to do at panorama mountain resort

TERRAIN PARK

Panorama Mountain Resort skiing park
Photo credit: Panorama

Panorama Mountain Resort has two terrain parks covering 6.62 acres and 1km in length.

 

HOGGS FLATS PARK

This park features small and medium features for progressing your skills before testing them in the bigger park.

 

HORSESHOE PARK

The upper half of the park features a medium to large, two lane rail line. The last feature is a medium/large jump. This section of the park is on skier’s left, leaving plenty of space for spectating and free skiing on skier’s right. The bottom half of the park features a medium to x-large jump line.

 

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SNOW SCHOOL

Skier at Panorama Mountain Resort
Photo credit: Panorama

It’s hard to choose which ski and snowboard improvement lesson, workshop or camp to do. Panorama packs a snow school punch with a rocking program of lessons for everyone from first timer to old timer.

 

With everything from private lesson to adult lessons that max out at four, a kids ski school discovery program, women only camps, men only camps, even an all mountain program for grommets wanting to ski big mountains and a pre-heli prep session for guests going heli skiing for the first time.

 

COVID-19 Policy: The resorts’ products, programs and prices may change or vary for the upcoming 2020/21 season as they continue to act in accordance with the instructions of the BC Ministry of Health and other Government officials.

 

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RENTALS

Panorama Rentals

Panorama’s Mountain Outfitters has you covered, whether you are new to the sport, an intermediate cruiser or an expert skier.

 

Locals can live it up with the Switch Up program, for locals looking for a season-long rental program, exclusively for local youngsters, available for children up to grade 12.

 

Keeping your kids on the slopes doesn’t have to cost a fortune; save your money and rent top-quality, entry level, ski and snowboard equipment for the season. Kids can get their gear to-go with ease as Mountain Outfitters is only steps from the chairlifts.

 

Winter growth spurt? Ability progression? Or something not feel right? No problem ’Switch up’ and get back on the slopes quickly! This is a no-brainer. Season-long rental of entry level skis or snowboard set up (includes boots); take the gear home and bring it back to us at the end of the season. Oh, and if your kids grow — and they usually do — you can change ski and boot sizes at any time.

 

For the grown-ups, High Performance ski rentals are best for intermediate and expert skiers. We recommend a regular rental package for novice and low-intermediate skiers and all snowboarders. This equipment is designed to help you improve your skills faster.  Let’s face it, we might as well get all the help we can to master this amazing sport.

RETAIL THERAPY

Panorama Mountain District shopping district
Photo credit: Panorama Mountain Resort

Panorama has limited shopping options with a general store for essentials, two ski and snowboard shops and an art gallery.

 

If you head back down the access road to the nearby town of Invermere you’ll find local artisans, galleries, boutiques and outdoor stores nestled amongst cafes and restaurants. It’s a pretty town on Windermere lake and definitely worth a visit while at Panorama, especially for the Kicking Horse Coffee roasters for barista style coffee.

 

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THINGS TO DO

Two skiers at Panorama Mountain Resort
Panorama Mountain Resort. Photo credit: Destination BC

Soak in Canada’s largest slope side hot pools, book in for a day’s heli ski with RK Heli at the base of the mountain, take a Toby Creek snow mobile adventure, ski off the side of the mountain with a tandem paraglider, ice skate on the resorts mini rink, go snow shoeing or fat tyre biking or ski and snowboard under lights every Saturday night.

 

Down the road in Invermere you’ll find even more. Go skating on Windermere Lake, watch a local game of hockey, dine at Birchwood or sip cocktails at Taynton Bay Spirits distillery.

 

Guests travelling by car can also visit two incredible natural hot springs nearby. About 30 minutes south from Invermere on highway 93 are the steaming hot pools at Fairmont Hot Springs and 20 minutes north of Invermere is Radium Hot Springs in the Kootenay National Park.

 

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APRÈS SKI

Panorama Mountain Resort cabins and restaurant
Panorama Mountain Resort. Photo credit: Destination BC/Kari Medig

Best part of après at Panorama? You’re never far from a stumble home.

 

Make sure you ski in to Cliffhanger Restaurant for a late lunch before the lifts close. The views are as good as the steaks.

 

At the base of the resort you’ll find Alto’s for pizzas and beers, Jackpine Pub for craft beers and trivia, T Bar Grill for live music and the popular and cute as a stylish button Cabin Smokehouse for smoked meats, cocktails and gourmet dining.

 

On the mountain try the Raclette with a view at Elkhorn Cabin and book in for ‘heli fondue’ at Summit Hut where a helicopter ride takes you to the top for gooey cheese in a pot.

 

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