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Panorama

Set in the Purcell Mountains within the Canadian Rockies range, Panorama ski holidays provide an unbeatable mix of excellent skiing and take-your-breath-away, soul-rejuvenating views (it’s all in the name!). The atmosphere is intimate and laid back, with slope side hot spring baths, quality accommodation and reliably tasty Rockies’ grub.

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At a glance: • Unpretentious vibe • Friendly village • Warm side of the Rockies

Great for: • Off-piste • Families • Heli-skiing

Set in the Purcell Mountains within the Canadian Rockies range, Panorama ski holidays provide an unbeatable mix of excellent skiing and take-your-breath-away, soul-rejuvenating views (it’s all in the name!). The atmosphere is intimate and laid back, with slope side hot spring baths, quality accommodation and reliably tasty Rockies’ grub.

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Panorama Resort

British Columbia’s Panorama Mountain Village is one of the less-known places to ski in the Rockies, but that’s by no means a bad thing.

The inspiration behind the name is obvious– it has stunning panoramic views over a thousand peaks of the Rockies and nearby Mount Nelson. The atmosphere here is laid-back and unpretentious, making it ideal for anyone who likes a bit of peace and quiet. The village is genuinely village-sized and the streets are pedestrianised (anyone with wheels can use the underground parking).

This is a village but it’s in no way old and ill-equipped. With modern, purpose-built accommodation spread across lower and upper villages, this is somewhere that combines the conveniences of the new world with the values of old. The upper village is at the base of the piste, right next to the lifts and if you want to pop to the facilities in the lower village, you can just take the gondola.

You’ll find all the shops you’d expect to see here as well as a good variety of restaurants serving up tasty food. If you’ve left any vital equipment behind, stores like Final Gate are well-stocked with major brands. For food, wines, beers and gifts, you can stock up in places like the General Store. Eating-wise, you’re spoilt for choice, from delicious stone-baked pizzas at Mile High Pizza to the award winning gourmet food served at Grey’s.

A big attraction is the huge (1258 ft.) hot spring bath, which is less than a stone’s throw away from the first lift and heated to a comfortable 90 degrees Fahrenheit. The slope-side location is truly spectacular - USA Today included Panorama in its worldwide “10 spectacular ski resort pools and hot tubs” list.

Calgary International Airport is three and half hours drive away and the journey is one of the best parts of the holiday – you’ll pass absolutely stunning scenery as you drive through Banff and the Kootenay National Parks.

Stats & FAQ

Location: British Columbia, Canada, Rockies

Established: 1962

Open: December - April

Downhill: 2,847 acres

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Nearest Airport & Transfer Time:
Calgary (YYC)311km, 3h30
Canadian Rockies International (YXC)161km, 2h
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  • 24runs 20%

  • 66runs 55%

  • 30runs 28%

Top Altitude:2,380m
Bottom Altitude:1,160m
Resort Altitude:1,155m
Longest run:5.5km
Slope Orientation:N NW NE
Vertical Drop:1,220 m
Skiable Vertical:1,220 m
Night Skiing:Yes
Glacier:No

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Downhill Runs:2,847 acres
Beginner slopes:20%
Intermediate:55%
Advanced slopes:28%
Lift Pass Price: $159.00 (adult 4 days)
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Skiing/BoardingSkiing in Panorama

With 4,000 feet of vertical (the fifth highest on the North American continent) and 120 trails over an impressive 3,000 acres, the skiing is diverse, exciting and suited to all abilities. The tourist office describes this as a place to “ski your brains out” and as added bonus, there’s a good chance you’ll have it to all to yourself...

With 24 green and blue runs that allow steady progression, those just starting out are by no means forgotten here. The friendly Panorama Ski School caters for absolute beginners of all ages through to those looking to polish their skills. The learner’s slope is serviced by a magic carpet lift and next to this is a forgiving beginner’s run where you can progress at a comfortable pace.

With more than half the runs suited to intermediate levels, the area offers a nice variety of meticulously groomed blues including the long, gliding cruisers the area is well-known for. The Rollercoaster and Skyline runs are perfect for anyone who’s relatively new to the sport and looking to hone their skills. A must-ski is the aptly named Getmedown trail which is the only intermediate run from the summit - brilliant for those who have a head for heights and are a bit more confident on the white stuff.

Experts will love it here - the double diamond black runs in the Extreme Dream Zone and the chairlift accessible powder heaven that is Taynton Bowl offer great variety with steeps, treed trails, cliffs, glades and chutes. There’s also over 1,500 km of off-piste terrain and you can book a heli trip with RK Heliski, who are based in the village.

Boarders are also well catered for here. The newly opened (2014) Rockstar Terrain Park has a permanent ski and boardercross track which has a thrilling mix of kickers, whoops, tabletops, fun boxes, berms, spines and rails. There’s also a FIS regulation half pipe as well as an intermediate level terrain park with mid-sized kickers and rails.

Panorama Apres Ski

The après here is truly chilled out and genial – the kind of place where you can kick back, share a tall tale over a pint (or three) and enjoy the evening.

There are some terrific bars for those who like to party as hard as they ski. The Crazy Horse Saloon has live music throughout the season, and the Jackpine pub is always popular with its daily happy hour. If you’re still standing and want to dance the night away, the Glacier nightclub is open until the early hours.

The village has some great places to eat. For couples and anyone celebrating a special occasion, the award-winning Grey’s Restaurant at the Earl Grey Lodge is not to be missed; it offers a fine dining experience with some delicious cocktails, fine BC wine, gourmet food and incredible sushi. If you’re on holiday with the family, the Chopper’s Landing Restaurant has a cosy log cabin-esque atmosphere and a varied, child-friendly menu. The Wildfire Rustic Grill has a similarly friendly atmosphere with fusion style food on offer and we can’t fail to mention the homemade stone baked pizzas at Mile High - definitely the best in town.

If you like to spend your evenings relaxing, the hot spring baths are the best place to take in the surroundings, rest tired bones and contemplate the epic day of skiing you’ve just had. There are also lots of other opportunities including snowmobiling, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing and tobogganing.

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Best time to ski Panorama

When is the best time to ski Panorama?

Thanks to its positioning on the west side of the Rockies, Panorama usually has milder weather than other destinations in North America.

There’s nearly 5 metres (that’s higher than a double decker bus!) of snowfall in average each year. If this wasn’t enough, to ensure consistent coverage, an extraordinary 50 million gallons of water is used to cover 15.5km of trails (around 40 out of the 120 pistes) with water.

One of our favourite times to ski here is late in the season in March or April when the skies are sunny, conditions are usually excellent and the lines for the lifts are short to non-existent, which means great value for money. With slopes facing N NW NE, you should be riding on less of the slush and more of the late season powder.

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Christmas at Panorama is fun, memorable and true to the spirit of the season. There’s usually a lot going on, from family photos with Santa to carols by candlelight. Browse Panorama Christmas ski holidays ‣

New Year at Panorama is traditionally celebrated with an awesome fireworks display and torch-lit descent... but it doesn’t stop there; children’s events, a family party and shindigs in the local bars are just a few ways you can see in the New Year. Browse Panorama New Year ski holidays ‣

If you’re looking for a much needed getaway, let the masses head to Europe and spend February half-term at Panorama. With an excellent ski school and a wide variety of non-skiing activities, this is a super destination for the week off school. Browse Panorama Half Term ski holidays ‣

Easter at Panorama is something special - north facing slopes offer some potentially excellent late season skiing and a variety of Easter themed and non-ski activities keep everyone entertained. Browse Panorama Easter ski holidays ‣

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I’ve been back to Panorama a number of times and would definitely go again. If you want to go skiing all the time, Panorama is very good – it’s not good if you want to party (which is what makes it great!) it’s somewhere you go primarily for skiing and to have a comfortable bunch to socialise with after ski... + more
John Liddiard, Clifton
5 out of 5
Panorama’s name only highlights one of the reasons you should ski here. Yes the surrounding Rockies are jaw-dropping but it also has the largest heli-ski area on earth and one of the biggest verticals in North America. Still somewhat of a hidden gem, with a friendly and down to earth vibe, this is a place you ... + more
Naomi, Harrow
4 out of 5
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Families in Panorama

With a well-organised ski school, superbly groomed beginner runs and a low-key, friendly atmosphere, Panorama is an unforgettable base for a family holiday. The intimate village is split into lower and upper sections, which are linked by a gondola as well as being right at the base of the piste and activities, restaurants and shops are all within easy reach, so getting around is really easy, even for little legs.

The Panorama Snow School caters for beginners and improvers of all ages and is close to most accommodation. We’ve heard great things about the lessons here, especially with regard to the rate of progression some learners have enjoyed. There’s a lovely learner slope with a magic carpet and 24 beginner-friendly green and blue runs, providing plenty of variety for progression (make sure you ski the cruisey Horseshoe and the Showoff).

For older children who’ve clocked up a few weeks on the piste, there’s heaps of intermediate terrain and Panorama has two snowparks - the Rockstar is brand new (opened in 2014) and has a good mix of fun boxes, rails, kickers and berms.

Children who still have boundless energy after a day on the slopes will find a variety of non-ski activities: we love the tube and tobogganing park and you can also book snowmobile adventures, snowshoeing and ice fishing. For tired grown-ups, there’s a huge hot spring pool (included in USA Today’s “10 spectacular ski resort pools and hot tubs”) as well the Pure Massage spa where you can book massages and body treatments.

If the grownups want to hit the slopes alone, Panorama has a fully licensed on-site childcare company called Wee Wascals who do half and full day packages and cater for children from 18 months to five years.

GroupsGroup Holidays Panorama

With its genial and down to earth atmosphere, good mix of activities and first-rate skiing, Panorama is a great place for groups both small and large.

If you’re all of different abilities, this place is ideal. There are 24 well-groomed green and blue runs which progressively notch up the difficulty. Fifty percent of the runs are suited to intermediate levels, including well-groomed blues like the Get Me Down trail from the summit, and the resort’s famed long cruisers (we love Rollercoaster and Skyline). The glades, chutes and tree-lined runs at the Tanyton Bowl and Extreme Dream Zone offer excellent skiing for experts and if a bunch of you are really confident on the snow, RK heliski specialise in one day heli-trips for an awesome experience of the surroundings.

The nightlife here is lively but not overbearing, making it perfect for groups who like a chilled out environment for exchanging banter over a pint or two. If you’re looking for a traditional pub, The Jackpine is a local favourite and has a daily happy hour. The T-Bar and Grill is a super place for an après beer (try their deep fried pickles) and the Mile 1 Hut has some fine BC wines to enjoy on the summit. There’s also a nightclub, the Glacier, if you fancy dancing into the early hours.

If any members of your group are non-skiers, there’s a good variety of activities to keep them entertained including snow-shoeing, tobogganing, snowmobile tours and more... That’s if they can tear themselves away from the village’s huge thermal pool, which is not to be missed if you’re on holiday here.


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"Quiet, ski focused, fantastic!"

John Liddiard, Clifton
5/ out of 5
I’ve been back to Panorama a number of times and would definitely go again. If you want to go skiing all the time, Panorama is very good – it’s not good if you want to party (which is what makes it great!) it’s somewhere you go primarily for skiing and to have a comfortable bunch to socialise with after skiing. My wife injured herself a couple of days in and ended up getting cabin fever because one minus of Panorama is that if you’re not skiing, there really isn’t much to do. It’s not like you're in the middle of Banff with plenty of shops and attractions. They do have day drips to the springs and just up from the condo’s, there’s a really nice group of big communal hot tubs which are free to use with the accommodation. There aren’t a vast number of restaurants and bars; you’ve got one main bar at the top and another down at the bottom. The restaurants are quite good but there isn’t a massive variety and it’s the same thing on the mountains. If you wanted to eat out at a different luxury restaurant each night, you’d be pushed to find enough places, but if you want to get to know the locals and feel at home it’s ideal. There is a bus that goes into Invermere in the evenings that’s tied with restaurant timings if you want a change of scenery. Unlike Brits, they eat quite early here, so if you turned up for a meal at 8-9pm, they’d be at the point of cleaning up and kicking you out... The bars are the complete opposite, you get there at 11 and things don’t get going until 1! The village shop used to be quite expensive, but it now does a price match with the shops lower down the hill which is great. The rental place is very good and has a great range of equipment and the actual gear shop has lots of stuff on offer – I’ve bought boots and a helmet here for a really reasonable price. I’m quite advanced but the area isn’t totally wild, extreme skiing in bowls. One or two of the runs have quite intimidating first steps but you can go to the top and go all the way down without doing anything difficult if you take it slowly (or you can ski blacks as nasty as you like!). There’s some good tree skiing and little off piste niches that you can cut across to – the good thing about skiing in North America is that unless you go past an area that says “don’t ski here”, you’re covered and still in the ski area. Mountain Friends is one of the best free guiding services you can find; the meeting point is outside the main lodge, so you just head over and tell them what kind of skiing you want to do and they break you up into groups depending on that. This is the only place I know where Mountain Friends can guide you on black runs, other places they only do blues. It’s a great way to explore and also get to know other experienced skiers who want to do the double blacks and bowls, as you can meet up later in the day to ski together. At least 50, if not 75% of the people I’ve met and made friends with are locals, lots of the properties are owned by people from Calgary. The resort is quite good with kids and they had a lot of clubs and activities. Quite a few of the people I skied with had left their little ones in kids clubs, which they seemed to really enjoy so it worked for everyone. One thing that could be a disadvantage is that the transfer is 4 hours on the minibus. They don’t necessarily time the transfers with the flights, so it’s worth double checking as you could end up waiting around a good few hours for another flight to land. The bus does stop off half way so you can get out and stretch your legs.

"Wow the views - its all in the name!"

Naomi, Harrow
4/ out of 5
Panorama’s name only highlights one of the reasons you should ski here. Yes the surrounding Rockies are jaw-dropping but it also has the largest heli-ski area on earth and one of the biggest verticals in North America. Still somewhat of a hidden gem, with a friendly and down to earth vibe, this is a place you can really retreat to the mountains and ski them to the full. Town Established in 1962, Panorama lies at 1160 metres altitude on British Columbia's Powder Highway in the Canadian Rockies. The atmosphere here is unpretentious and friendly, which makes it no surprise that those who have skied this hidden gem are more than likely to return. Split into upper and lower halves, this is a proper mountain village where you have everything you need just moments away from your accommodation – from the General Store to cosy cafes like Picnic and acclaimed restaurants like Grey’s. Also in the resort, you’ll find the RK Heliplex for swift heli-trips to untouched terrain and for things at a slower pace, the Panorama Springs which are the biggest slopeside thermal pools in Canada. The Ski Tip Lodge provides excellent slopeside ski-in ski-out accommodation with the Panorama Hot Springs heated waterpark at your door. Thanks to its position on the west side of the Rockies, Panorama usually has milder weather than other resorts in the area. The nearest airport to Panorama is Calgary at a distance of 290km or approximately 210 minutes driving time. Their season runs from December to April. Skiing & Snowboarding Panorama’s 120 pistes and trails cover approximately 2,847 acres of terrain. There’s a lovely beginner area with a 135m magic carpet as well as lots of groomed greens like Ski Tip Way, Showoff and Horseshoe where learners can get to grips with the piste. Intermediates can get their ski legs back on Old Timer and will love the speedy descent on the World Cup Roller Coaster run. Black Diamonds include bumpy Downhill and wide, scenic Stumbocks while if you’re up for a serious challenge, Double Diamonds like Turnpike, Heli Face (we love the deep powder here) and the gladed Stinger are well worth a ski. The longest run is the 5.5km Never Never Land. 9 ski lifts have capacity to transport 8,500 snow lovers per hour. 3 are surface lifts or "drag lifts" - this gives an indication of how modern the lift system is and how good Panorama is for snowboarding - especially for beginners learning to board. Facilities include 2 terrain parks and 1 half pipe (longest half pipe length is 100 metres). Apres ski: Winter activities include snowshoe excursions, dog sledding, tubing, a village ice rink, snowmobiling, ice fishing, horse drawn wagon rides and 'cowboy cookouts', and mountaintop fondues Panorama also offers use of the slopeside Panorama Springs Hot Pools for all lodging guests. Toby Creek Massage offers a range of therapies including Swedish massage, reflexology, hot stone massage and aromatherapy in 25 to 55 minute sessions. A day excursion is also an option to ski at nearby Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, soak at the natural Radium Hot Springs, or shop and browse quaint shops and galleries in Invermere on the Lake. Best time for a ski holiday in Panorama Mountain: The average snowfall here is 479cm a year (that’s 188 inches). A whopping 50 million gallons of water are used every year to ensure artificial snow making covers 15.5km of trails, which equates to around 40 of the slopes. The direction which the various Panorama slopes face can make or break your ski holiday. To guarantee good snow conditions, choose a resort with piste which face the right way for the time of year you're travelling. In the coldest winter months of January and February pick a resort with sunny south facing slopes, so your days on the snow doesn't feel like a polar expedition. Conversely, in the warmest spring skiing months of March and especially April, a resort with cool and shady north facing trails will ensure you're not riding on slush, but benefitting from best late season snow. The best destinations have areas which face in all directions so that you're guaranteed impressive conditions whatever the weather. Panorama has slopes facing N NW NE.
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