Nestled in Columbia Valley’s Purcell Mountains, Panorama Mountain Resort is one of Canada’s most popular ski resorts and a highlight on the famous Powder Highway. Here are a few reasons we have discovered that make Panorama a must visit ski destination.
Ever heard the saying “the bigger, the better” well this is Panorama. In addition to its already superb terrain, 128 acres what is being called “monstrous terrain” has been added. Panorama’s new terrain isn’t for the faint hearted, you will understand why after taking on the spine tingling four new double black runs. Also boasting a new ski run record of 6.5km and a total of 1,300 metres of vertical the steep and wide open areas accompanied by the abundance of snow makes this new terrain legendary. “It’s like Heli skiing but without the helicopter”. And they aren’t stopping there as this is only the first phase of a 500 acres expansion to be put in place over the coming years!
You don’t need a car !
With most ski-in ski out accommodation located at the foot of the slopes, when you stay at Panorama you can simply settle in to your accommodation and forget everything else. Panorama features a variety of condominiums, town houses and cost effective accommodation options all in the heart of the village. There is no need for a car here as it is so easy to get around with everything right at your fingertips. Simply walk out your door, ski to the lifts and reach the summit in minutes to test your skills on uncrowded slopes with amazing 360-degree views.
Canada’s largest slope side hot pools
Relax at Canada’s largest slopeside hot pools. The Panorama springs are Panorama’s giant outdoor hot pools, at an impressive 383 metres they look straight onto the slopes and are open all year round! With a warm pool heated to a comfortable 32 degrees, two hot tubs, and a sauna open for the winter season this is the perfect place to relax and soothe those sore muscles after a day on the slopes.
Its home to some amazing heli-ski terrain
If you are looking for an adventure of a lifetime then spend a day with RK Heliski and experience off-piste pristine powder and some of the highest heli drops in North America. Providing over 1,500 square kilometres of spectacular terrain and expansive glaciers in the Purcell Mountains there are experiences for all levels of powder enthusiasts. Based directly in Panorama village, RK Heliski offers adventures well suited for first time or intermediate heli-skiers/snowboarders.
The Ski and Ride School
From first timers to seasoned pros the Ski & Ride School at Panorama is there to help you build your confidence and snow skills with lessons tailored to all ages and abilities. Sign yourself up to one of the many lessons available such as an adult private lesson or an adult’s improvement session. There is no need to worry about the little ones while you are off improving your skills, with special programmes and lessons that will have the young ones racing around the mountain in no time.
Hop on a bike, don’t let winter stop you. You can now rent a FAT Tyre Bike and hit the snow to explore the Nordic ski trails and roads around the resort. With super fat tires these bikes are made for the snow and are a great alternative of getting some exercise all while exploring the stunning mountain scenery.
The Rockstar terrain park
Show off your freestyle skills at this one of a kind terrain park. Here you can find a wide variety of features and terrain with intermediate and advanced jumps, banked corners, rails, boxes, freestyle moguls and a ski cross obstacle course. The park is over 1km long and is divided into upper and lower sections, just hop on the Mile 1 Express to easily access the beginning of the park and expect nothing but fun!
Day trips to Kicking Horse
You can experience more of the stunning terrain located on the Powder Highway with Panorama’s weekly ski trip to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. This day trip lets you discover what Kicking Horse is renowned for… it’s expert terrain, an abundance of black diamond bowls, long runs and incredible verticals all topped with amazing champagne powder.
Family fun for everyone
Panorama knows the importance of families and the resort allows everyone to enjoy their time on and off the slopes. You will find something for all generations and ski abilities with 50% of the terrain perfect for intermediates, a well serviced beginner area for first timers and a variety of expert terrain for those more experienced. And after a day on the slopes you can let the family fun continue with activities including horse drawn carriage rides, ice skating, snow tubing and a soak in the hot pools plus so much more!
Après dining with a view
If you are looking for an amazing après ski experience, catch the last lift of the day to the top of Panorama Mountain and dine at the Summit Hut. Here you can delight your taste buds with a traditional cheese fondue followed by a chocolate fondue with the serenity of having the mountain to yourself. Sit back enjoy local wine and watch the sun set then click in to your skis and enjoy a guided run back to the village. Invite your friends and family, this is an après ski experience you don’t want to miss.
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