Panorama Ski Resort

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Panorama Ski Resort
Panorama Ski Resort
Panorama is very family friendly
Panorama is very family friendly
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It's not called Panorama for nothing!
Some of the Panorama ski resort facilities
Some of the Panorama ski resort facilities
Panorama Mountain Resort
Panorama Mountain Resort
Ski Panorama BC
Ski Panorama BC
Panorama Canada
Panorama Canada
The famous hot pools in the background
The famous hot pools in the background
Lots of slope-side and ski in ski out accommodation
Lots of slope-side and ski in ski out accommodation
Panorama Resort has a great terrain park
Panorama Resort has a great terrain park
Panorama BC Canada
Panorama BC Canada
Panorama Ski Resort
Panorama Ski Resort
Slopeside lodging
Slopeside lodging
The cabriolet gondola passes through the village
The cabriolet gondola passes through the village
Panorama BC has great terrain for beginners
Panorama BC has great terrain for beginners
Ski Panorama for the expert terrain too!
Ski Panorama for the expert terrain too!
Panorama BC terrain park
Panorama BC terrain park
Panorama base facilities and nearby lodging
Panorama base facilities and nearby lodging
Panorama Ski Resort
Panorama Ski Resort
Panorama Ski Resort
Panorama Ski Resort

Panorama Ski Resort

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Panorama

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Panorama Ski Resort BC

Panorama is not a high profile ski resort compared to the nearby Banff ski resorts and other heavy hitters in western Canada. Considering that Panorama commonly flies under the radar, you could easily be mistaken for thinking that Panorama is just a small pokey ski resort. This is certainly not the case. Panorama Ski Resort has plenty of terrain and vertical that is significant by North American standards, and these long leg burning runs can take you right to the door of your accommodation. There are still plenty of people who don’t know about Panorama, but this is advantageous to those that do.

Pros and Cons of Panorama BC

Pros 
  • One of the highlights of the Panorama Ski Resort is its family friendliness due to the convenient lay out of the village and ski area, and the various family friendly activities on offer.
  • Much of the Panorama accommodation is ski-in ski-out or close to the lifts, which is particularly appreciated by families so they don’t have to lug all their gear too far.
  • Panorama Ski Resort has good variety of terrain for all abilities so it’s strength is as an all-rounder.
  • The piste runs and the grooming are a forte of the terrain.
  • Panorama BC has steep backcountry style in-bounds terrain that’s hike-to or snowcat accessed.
  • Relative to big name North American ski resorts, Panorama is generally uncrowded.
  • RK Heli Ski is based in the Panorama Village so if you want to completely get away from the crowds and get unlimited fresh tracks, you can go heli-skiing.
Cons
  • Whilst Panorama Ski Resort typically receives light dry snow, it doesn’t score well in the quantity stakes. The lower slopes can get very slick and the resort relies heavily on snowmaking.
  • There is very little going on after the lifts close, but you can’t expect both uncrowded slopes and a heaving nightlife plus abundant activities.
Pro or Con Depending On Your Perspective
  • The tree skiing is really good when the snow’s on, which isn’t often enough.
  • It’s a hike to get to Panorama BC from a major airport, but it’s probably part of the reason that the slopes are uncrowded.
  • A Panorama ski holiday is often great value and whilst it’s convenient that much of the lodging is ski-in ski-out, many of the condos are rather dated.

Panorama Ski and Snowboard Terrain

Panorama Ski Resort is renowned for the big vertical that spans 1,300 metres from an elevation of 2,365m to 1,150m. The 2,975 acres (1,200 hectares) of Panorama ski terrain is below the tree line, so there are plenty of opportunities for enjoying the gladed areas. Much of the terrain is well suited to intermediates with many wide cruising groomers, and there are also some beginner trails and a couple of terrain parks.

Advanced riders mostly just have cut mogul runs. The pièce de résistance of the resort is the double black diamond tree skiing in the Extreme Dream Zone, and also the backcountry-type area in Taynton Bowl which was former heli-skiing terrain, some of which is serviced by a snowcat on weekends.

Panorama Snow

The annual snowfall at Panorama is not particularly high akin to the Alberta ski resorts, but the light dry snow that falls is well retained on the upper slopes, many of which are north or northwest facing. Whilst the piste trails are largely supplemented with snow making and are summer groomed, the off-piste areas need a significant snow base in order to be rideable.

Where is Panorama BC?

Panorama Mountain Resort is located in the Purcell Mountains of BC Canada, 18km west of the town of Invermere. Calgary Airport is a 3.5 hour drive away, from where there are airport shuttles to Panorama, whilst the Cranbrook/Canadian Rockies International airport is 2 hours away.

Even though it is a destination in itself, Panorama could be combined with a trip to the Banff ski resorts. Or Panorama is on the BC Powder Highway (even though Panorama doesn’t get much powder) and is well located to form part of a Canada road trip extravaganza that could include the other Powder Highway ski resorts of Kimberley, Fernie, Whitewater, Red Mountain, Revelstoke and Kicking Horse. The region is also highly regarded for the numerous cat skiing and heli skiing outfits, and the RK Heliski base is in the Panorama Village.

Accommodation

The Panorama Resort Village has lots of multi-storey condos, but it’s not a major eyesore as the buildings have retained an alpine look. Some of the Panorama lodgings are slope-side and ski-in ski-out.

Some skiers also stay in nearby Invermere which has affordable accommodations and more shops and restaurants.

Panorama Accommodations Listings

Invermere Accommodation Listings

Activities

A feature of the Panorama Village is the hot pools which include a warm pool, two hot tubs, and one large cold pool with a wading area.

RK Heliski is based in the Panorama Village, with the heli skiing terrain in nearby mountains that are outside the “snow donut”.
Tours In/Near Panorama

Heli Skiing Tours

RK Heliski Day Heli Skiing
DAY HELI SKIING (PANORAMA)
Ability: Intermediate to Advanced
If you are staying at Panorama Mountain Resort (or in the Banff area), you can't go past a day or 2 of heli skiing with RK Heliski. There is a 3-run package for beginner/intermediate heli skiers & a 5-run package for those who are more experienced plus a private option for those with their own group of up to 7.
Price p/p From price based on per person for 5 runs Powder Adventure Package.
Base/invoice currency is in CAD plus 5% GST.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 908
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