Panorama Mountain Resort, Canada
Canada’s own Alpine village
Panorama is a hidden gem of a resort – an Alpine-style, ski-in ski-out hideaway, nestled deep in British Columbia’s Purcell mountains. Panorama may have a village feel to it, but it’s far from sleepy.
With a huge ski area and choice of terrain on offer – including one of the largest vertical drops in North America and the powder heaven that is Taynton Bowl – there’s enough to keep your adventure going for months, no matter what your level. And with the widest choice of courses of all our resorts on offer here, that’s exactly what we aim to provide.
Panorama Springs – warm up & chill out
You might have heard about the amazing hot tubs that often feature in North American ski resorts. Well, Panorama’s has to be best of the bunch.
Overlooking the piste, Panorama Springs outdoor hot pools are the perfect place to catch up and unwind after a days’ training. It’s a huge area, with a choice of pools and temperatures from warm to wow that’s hot!
And the best part – Panorama Springs Pools are free to access every day, for everyone staying with the Winter Sports Company.
Powder paradise for snow experts
Advanced skiers and snowboarders: head towards Taynton Bowl. The Taynton Bowl is considered to be the best extreme bowl in Canada, and was formerly only accessible by helicopter. It can now be accessed from the Summit Chairlift, and has over 750 acres of steep backcountry-style chutes, moguls and tree lined terrain.
If the Taynton Bowl isn’t enough, you can head to the Extreme Dream Zone. This is located on the front side of the Taynton Bowl and is all double black diamond terrain, with tight trees and big moguls. And not forgetting Never Never Land – Panorama’s longest trail at 5.5km long. It starts at the top of the Taynton Bowl as a double black diamond steep narrow gully, before winding out onto a fast groomed, tree-lined run that leads into the Village.
Then there’s Rockstar Terrain Park, 1km long with over 6 acres of terrain, Rockstar is littered with huge jumps, tabletops, kickers, boxes and rails. The park is located off the Mile 1 express on the Powder trail.
In Panorama Resort there’s plenty of choice when it comes to apres-ski entertainment, eating out, or having a glass or two with friends after a hard day’s training for your instructor or patroller qualification.
At the start of your course we provide you with a meal card which we load with cash at the beginning of every week. You can then choose to breakfast, lunch and dine wherever you choose.
You could start your day with a cup of locally made Kicking Horse Coffee at Lusti’s Cappuccino Bar, or check out the Picnic Cafe for a quick breakfast.
For dinner, there’s the Great Hall’s stir fry station, where you pick your own stir fry ingredients; Thunderbird Pizza has amazing fresh-baked pizzas; or the Monicola restaurant, where you can enjoy fusion Italian cuisine.
Draught beer is served on tap at the cosy Jackpine Pub. A Happy hour every night make this a popular haunt for our trainees and there is an awesome trivia night every Sunday. Chopper’s Landing is based at the Heli-ski port, where you can watch the helicopters fly in and out, and chat with mountain guides and skiers who have just spent a day in deep backcountry powder.
For additional entertainment take a 20 minute free bus ride to the vibrant town of Invermere. Enjoy the night life of a town with a sports centre, curling rink, ice rink, cinema, pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafes. You can also skate on the frozen lake or cross country ski the perimeter – 30 kilometres.
At Panorama Mountain Resort, you will stay in either the Pine Inn or the Toby Horsethief Lodge. Both are centrally located in the village, with easy access to the chairlifts, Panorama Springs hot pools and village amenities. You could not be positioned better in the village.
The Pine Inn is a slopeside hotel and the Toby Horsethief has incredible mountain views, offering comfortable accommodation for your stay during your instructor, ski patrol training programme or heli ski adventure.
When staying in resort for more than a few weeks, our students really appreciate having a spacious room to set up home in. Bedrooms at either hotel accommodate 2-3 people and benefit from a bathroom, TV, high speed internet and storage.
As a Winter Sports Company customer, you can relax and unwind after a hard day training for your Ski Patrol, CASI or CSIA qualifications, with a long dip in one of the two luxurious outdoor hot pools located right next to the piste, or detox and refresh in the sauna. And, if you still fancy a work-out, get your heart rate going in the fully equipped fitness centre.
Resort height: 1,150m / 3,773 ft
Winter season: early December to April
Highest summit: 2,375m / 7,792 ft
Annual snowfall: 479cm (188″) of powder
Average temperature: -5ºC / 25ºF
Highest lift: 2,080m (6,824′)
No. of lifts: 9
1 gondola, 2 high speed quad chairlifts, 1 quad chairlifts, 1 triple chairlift, 1 double chairlift, 3 surface lifts.
Mountain restaurants: 2
Snow making: Yes (40%)
Skiable vertical: 1,225m / 4,019 ft
Bowls: 2 alpine bowls
Terrain park: 1