Panorama Mountain Village

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Resort Summary
Resort Name Panorama Mountain Village
Location {{{location}}}
Resort Altitude 1160m
Winter Season mid November to mid-April
Terrain Overall: 2847 acres
Beginner: 15%
Intermediate: 55%
Advanced: 30%
Lift System 10 (1 gondola, 1 high-speed quad, 3 chairs, 4 surface)
Highest Lift 2380m
Lowest Lift 1160m
Vertical 1220m
Longest Run
Avg Snowfall
Terrain Parks
Snow Sports
Nearest Town Invermere
Lift Pass
Adult 5 Day $
Adult 1 Day $
Child 5 Day $
Child 1 Day $


The elevation at this resort is second only to a couple of resorts, so since it is always so uncrowded, the long cruising runs that you ski there are the best! Lots of good tree skiing and the best views in the world! The name really suits the resort, the people there are really friendly, if you can find them.. the runs are like deserted on weekdays!

Located within the largest heli-skiing area in the world, and with the second biggest vertical in North America, Panorama offers skiing for all abilities. Owners Intrawest have recently expanded the skiable terrain to over 2000 acres and taken the trail total over the 80 mark. They reckon the resort is 'North America's best kept secret.'


Panorama resort is located two hours drive south of Banff. The drive through Banff and Kootenay National Parks is one of the the most scenic in the world. Nearest International Airport: Calgary - 290 kilometers Nearest Domestic Airport: Calgary - 290 kilometers


This resort is great and specially geared towards the family or beginner to intermediate skier. If you have a couple of real diehard skiers in your group maybe this mountain would be a stopover rather than a week destination for you. This hill is very laid back relaxed and a comfortable way to ski. Prices are great although boarder on the higher end, I suggest see this mountain before it is developed to far. One last word of wisdom......try the hot springs (magical stuff).


  • Lot of heigth, but not much width. A lot of vertical means little when there are only 8 ways down.
  • Typically gets less snow than other resorts in the region. Probably not the best resort to go to in spring as runs get very icy in times of poor snow.
  • Takes 3 chairs to go from base to summit - takes some of the fun out of the 1200m vertical


Phone: (604) 342-6941


Postal: Panorama, British Columbia V0A 1T0 Canada


Getting There

Best way to get there would be to fly to Calgary then jump on a bus or hire a car and drive the 2.5 hours to the resort. This resort is about 15 mins from Invermere so you can either stay in town or do your shopping there. There is a relatively well-stocked food and grog shop on the mountain although the price will kill you. If you choose to stay in town there are buses that run several times a day and if you stay on mountain you can catch the staff bus down to do the shopping for free.

There are regular day trips from Banff via Banff Adventure tours.


Panorama has a fantastic village and is very centrally located, heaps of places to eat drink and be merry. More accommodations are now being built as Intra-west resorts have just brought this resort. Central reservations are great here, ring them up and off you go everything is done for you. Most accommodations here are listed with central res. There are two main areas to stay: village top or bottom, both are ski-in ski-out depending where you are staying and they are linked by a tiny gondola that runs constantly. If you don't like the gondola it's only a 5 minutes stroll or better still strap on the gear and ride across the overpass.

The best thing to do if you're going there for a long time is to spend a week in one of their good hotels. Whilst there you can then look for cheaper accomodation. Lots of cheap stuff there like $400 a month apartments!

Lift Tickets


Ski School


Equipment Hire


Resort Facilities

Getting Around








There are many places to eat and all at reasonable prices for what you get. Panorama has a fantastic new daylodge that offers a hearty cheap and tasty breakfast. The pub (Kicking Horse) offers yummy pizzas and finger food. Dinner time, there is basically two family restaurants that could keep you occupied for a few nights then you can move onto the more up-market Toby Creek fine dinning, even here the prices are great. I would suggest a kitchenette if you were staying more than 5 or so nights. There is a small grocery shop that is pretty well stocked although can get expensive if you are feeding a family, jump on the bus and go to town instead is my advice.

Bars & Entertainment

The nightlife at Panorama is rather lacking since it is more of a hardcore skiing town.



Ride Guide

Trail Map
Panorama caters mainly for the intermediate / cruiser skier. The beginner areas are excellent and I would certainly recommend this mountain if you are just starting and it's your first trip to Canada. All areas are easily accessible even with a board for beginners. New terrain has just been added in the last season or two to open up some bowl skiing. There are a couple of great runs that border the whole resort for the more advanced skier, and you can complete an entire circuit early in the morning without seeing a soul. Try "View of a Thousand peaks" or "Schroders" through to the Sun bowl to start.

The chairs on this mountain are a little slow and sometimes can be a real pain, but if you tough it out you'll be pleasantly surprised by an extreme dream zone. Now this area is great. Try "fat chance, last chance and Gunbarrell" I would have to say my favourite run was "Downhill (in the bumps)" , crusiest run "Fritz's", and best show off runs "Sunbird or Showoff"

If your really keen, Panorama has a great Heli-ski operation that is run right out of the resort...hop out of bed and 30minutes later you'll be skiing down and untouched mountain in pure powder...mmm heaven.

Beginner Areas


Groomed Runs


Off Piste


Out of Bounds

Heli ski operations right from the resort, what more needs to be said?

Cross Country


Parks & Pipes




Powder Zones


Sheltered Runs



Perhaps more playing in the snow than Snowplay, Fort Hide 'n' Seek is nestled in the Secret Forest between Fritz's and Hay Fever. A strange place for a two story Fort and slippery dips as they are two black runs and there is an optional double black way out, Cliff Glades.

There is an internal stairway and two options down, a spiral slide or a straight slide. You slide very fast in ski pants and ski boots!!!

Fort Hide 'n' Seek



Well Panorama does not get the kind of powder that resorts like Big White and Fernie on a regular basis but the cover is pretty good. You can expect lots of sunny days to enjoy the scenery with.