Tucked in a snowy nook, just two hours drive south west of Banff, Panorama ski resort has 4,000 vertical feet of terrain and superb accommodation surrounded by spectacular peaks.
The skiing is particularly good for intermediates, although the off-piste Taynton Bowl will challenge even the best skiers. The recent addition of new fast quad chairs has cut the time it takes to reach the top of the mountain.
As most of the accommodation is ski-in ski-out, you will be at the summit ready for your first run, minutes after getting out of bed. We highly recommend Panorama's luxury 'gold' and 'gold premium' properties including the Ski Tip and Tamarack Lodges and Panorama Springs which have the best location and are close to the excellent pool complex.
The village is compact and has a bar and Pub and restaurants serving pizza and burgers, as well as smarter fare. There is a regular shuttle bus to the nearby town of Invermere where there are more restaurants and a supermarket.
Panorama is the perfect place to try heli-skiing for the first time - RK heli-ski are based right in the resort and offer heli-skiing on a day basis. Flying into the Purcell Mountains, the operator has access to more than 1700 square miles of open snow fields, glaciers and gladed trees with runs varying from 1600 to 6500 vertical feet. The standard day package includes 3 descents, fat-boy ski rentals, breakfast, picnic lunch and certificate. Additional runs can be arranged on the day. Alternatively you can book the Elite package which includes 5 descents.