Panorama Mountain is located in British Columbia, just two hours southwest of Banff near the Kootenay National Forest and Radium Hot Springs. Panorama has been owned by Intrawest since 1994, and the slopeside condos with outdoor hot tubs and pools, underground parking, and pedestrian village are evidence of resort planning. Families can walk to Panorama’s lifts, the village shops, cafes and restaurants, the whole shebang.
While Panorama Mountain Village is petite compared to Whistler or Tremblant, the ski terrain is plenty big. Panorama offers up 4,000’ vertical of resort skiing on 2,800 acres from groomed cruisers like World Cup to the Extreme Dream Zone and off piste skiing in Taynton Bowl and Founders Ridge. Be sure to ski to lunch at mid mountain Elkhorn Cabin, run by famous Canadian ski instructors Don and Heather Bilodeau. This charming 1952 hut was actually dragged up to its Panorama Ski Areascenic on mountain location in 1997. Its cozy but the cuisine is top notch like the alpine chalets you ski into in Zermatt. Near the fire, looking out at 1,000 Peaks I had the best tourtiere west of Quebec.
Lodging at the Panorama Springs Lodge is the best location, with the outdoor heated hot tub,and slope views. Dining at Panorama is a dilemma the resort runs Panorama Ski Areaseveral great eateries, Wildfire is our favorite. And you can walk to family owned Earl Gray Lodge, a charming chalet run by a cheery British family – their duck was to die for – especially for the duck.
“Panorama is like a cruise ship – only floating in the mountains not the sea,” says Don Bilodeau. Panorama sits in the powdery Purcell Mountain range of BC, so if you were here for a week, you could do a day of heli skiing at RK Heli or visit other ski resorts on the Powder Highway – Kimberley, Fernie, and Kicking Horse.