Panorama Lifts & Terrain

Panorama Lifts & Terrain

Our Terrain Ratings

Powderhound rating = advanced/expert terrain + powder + freshies + uncrowded

Our Terrain Ratings

Powderhound rating = advanced/expert terrain + powder + freshies + uncrowded
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  • Vertical (m) 1,155 – 2,375 (1,220)
  • Average Snow Fall 5 metres
  • Lifts (9) 0 Gondolas
    2 High Speed Quads
  • Ski Hours 9:00am to 4:00pm
    Mid Dec to Mid April
  • Terrain Summary Runs – 120
    Longest run – 5.5 km
    Beginner - 20%
    Intermediate - 55%
    Advanced - 25%

Panorama Ski and Snowboard Terrain

Panorama ski resort is well loved by freestyle riders, families, Gen-Yers, beginners, intermediates, experts….the list goes on. The only type of skier or rider that isn’t particularly well catered for at Panorama is the powder hound.

Panorama has the 4th longest skiing vertical in Canada at 1,225 metres (4,003 feet) and the vertical is pleasantly uninterrupted. It is a reasonably large ski resort at 1,152 hectares (2,800 acres) with a good spread of terrain for all ability levels. They use an unconventional method of categorising the terrain so it’s a little difficult to compare statistics directly with other resorts. The distribution is: beginner – 20%; intermediate/advanced – 55%; and expert – 25%. For the latter, the terrain consists of lots of wide-open and naturally gladed runs. There are also plenty of bumps for advanced and expert skiers who still have cartilage left in their knees.

For less experienced riders, there are fabulously long cruisy runs with high quality grooming. And one of the great things about skiing at Panorama is that it’s possible to find fresh roys at lunchtime. Even when the village is at full occupancy the ski area can feel somewhat deserted, especially in the mornings when some of the young adults haven’t made it out of bed.

Panorama Lifts

Major components of the terrain are accessed by two high speed quads, with a few other slow lifts. Night skiing is available Thursday to Saturday in a small area off the Toby chair lift.

Snow and Weather Conditions

Many a joke has been made about the “donut weather” of Panorama. It snows everywhere around Panorama but not actually on Panorama where the “hole” is. Even though the annual snowfall is not particularly high, the powder that falls is typically very dry due to the low temperatures in the area. The ski resort has an aspect that is largely north facing, so the snow is retained well. In addition to this, the runs have adequate cover even without a significant base, because thanks to Mother Nature and summer grooming, there aren’t many rocks. In addition to this, snowmaking covers 40% of the terrain to top up the natural cover.

For the Beginner

Beginners now get VIP treatment with the new “Red Carpet”, a magic carpet that services highway 1. The adjacent “beginner” run also provides segregated terrain away from the fast skiers. The next progression is to proceed up the Mile 1 Quad Express.

Intermediate Ski Terrain

Panorama is perfect for intermediates with long cruisers that get the thighs working. Classically great groomers include Rollercoaster and Skyline. Anxious intermediates should steer clear of the Summit lift unless they have a hot lunch date at the Summit Hut. The aptly named “Get Me Down” is the only blue run off this chair, and is only a narrow winding cat track rather than a real run.

For an intermediate off-piste experience, head to the Sun Bowl. Runs such as Alive Glades provide gladed and open skiing opportunities on a gentle pitch.

For the Family/Kids

The mix of terrain and the convenience of the village are a great combination for families. Some of the premium lodging in the upper village is right on the slopes and is so handy for families with small children. It saves having to cart multiple sets of skis, poles and crying children up the hill. From these accommodations, the magic carpet, ski school, day lodge and ski hire is all within the distance of a snowball throw. It’s perfect. For families with older kids, the two terrain parks are visible from the day lodge.

A kids’ snow play area is located off to the skiers left of the Mile 1 Quad. The Secret Forest and Fort Hide ‘N’ Seek are lots of fun, especially the slippery dips. The location is somewhat peculiar considering the descent on skis is either down a black or double black run.

Park and Pipe

Panorama is great for freestyle enthusiasts. There are two parks, with the easier of the two illuminated at night. The main terrain park is the appropriately named Showoff Park that attracts experienced riders. Mere mortals can enjoy the spectator sport whilst sitting on the Mile 1 quad chair. The park almost goes for a mile with tonnes of hits along two lines. Whilst other resorts in the area have shied away from having jumps, Panorama has maintained some seriously big jumps.

Advanced Skiing

Panorama has plenty of advanced skiing and snowboarding terrain. The black “piste” (ie cut) runs generally have moguls, and there are also gladed areas that don’t bump up as quickly. As a general rule, the single blacks in the lower half of the mountain are easier than those up top.

For the Expert

The showpiece of Panorama for serious skiers is the new Taynton Bowl, which is almost 1,000 acres of challenging terrain. Formerly heli-ski terrain, it is backcountry style skiing that is in-boundary and lift accessed. Due to the elevation and aspect, the snow quality is good. The chutes of the bowl are initially open and then as the vegetation becomes thicker, the bowl provides some great tree skiing. The Extreme Dream Zone also provides double black diamond tree skiing.

Skiing and Snowboarding For the Powder Hound

The double black areas have the best snow conditions, but if you’re not that game or the snow quality has dissipated, then heli-skiing is an option to keep powderhounds happy… very happy! RK Heli-Ski operates out of the Panorama village and provides various packages for differing ability levels.