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.
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.
Panorama Instructor Programmes
The best programmes for you
Panorama lends itself well to advanced training programmes, working closely with the ski school, Peak Emergency Training and RK Heliski the widest variety of courses we offer are at Panorama.
Together with Panorama Ski & Ride School, we have created a training schedule designed improve all-mountain skills and develop teaching technique.
The vast backcountry terrain in Panorama makes it the perfect environment for non-urban first responder training. The comprehensive programme developed in partnership with Peak Emergency and Panorama Ski Patrol provides certifications and experience that are valid year-round in outdoor environments.
With over 50 lift-accessible black and double black diamond runs, Panorama is the ideal place to find your feet and prepare for Heli-skiing. Panorama attracts high-calibre instructors with a passion for powder and with RK Heli-ski on the doorstep, there is no better place to train in back-country skiing and riding.
Panorama Ski Season
Know the best time of the year to go skiing
Panorama enjoys over four months of regular snowfall which delivers light, dry powder. From early December to mid-April skiers and snowboarders can ski big vertical, gladed areas and powder bowls. Guests in Panorama enjoy a slope-side location, luxury hot pools and almost 3000 acres of varied terrain that includes beginner and intermediate trails as well as epic double-black diamond zones and the Rockstar terrain park.
For advanced skiers and boarders 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. It is the perfect playground for powder hounds, and with RK heli-ski located in resort, is the ideal warm-up to the heli-ski fields that are just a 15 minute ride away.
Food & Entertainment
Know where to go for food, drink and entertainment
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.
The Pine Inn & Toby Horsethief Lodge
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.
Thank you again for running a company that provides us with such an opportunity, it was certainly the experience of a lifetime and I can’t wait to get back next season.
I’ve just returned from the 2018/19 season with Winter Sports & it was amazing, I was all sad to leave! The best part though was the people. We all got on so well & the instructors were incredible, they completely changed our skiing! We had a great rep on hand 24/7 as well so for us it couldn’t have been better. Thanks for a great season Winter Sports!
Arriving by yourself wasn’t a problem considering everyone else was doing the same and there was chances to make friends with a wide range of people. We were all taken very good care of, the hotel was nice and the staff were friendly. I loved the resort so much I now live here.
This program provide you with the requirements to succeed as an instructor. You get the necessary training and can directly start practicing and improving your skills by working for the school. Really fun, valuable and important experience for your career and also for taking the next level of certification.
My favourite aspect of the course itself were the practical elements on the hill – not only was I enjoying myself, everything was so informative and it gave me a real taste for what it would be like to work there as part of their amazing team.
Everyone in Panorama, from the lifties, ski patrol, bar staff, instructors in fact everyone was very helpful, polite and happy to help no matter what. Really different from some of the treatment you get in Europe
There's something special about surrounding yourself with strangers, in a place you've never been, seeing things you've never seen before. You share your passion of being on the mountains with people and they ultimately become friends for life.