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72 Hours at Panorama Resort this Winter

Panorama Mountain rises 1,300-m vertical (4,265 ft.) and has more than 1,214-hectares (3,000 acres) of terrain. It’s not until you reach the summit of Panorama that you fully realize the magnitude of what the mountain has to offer. Panorama is also unique in that the resort offers daily heli-skiing and snowmobiling right from the village, giving guests an amazing experience of big mountains and deep snow.  Check DriveBC.ca to get the current road conditions before you hit the road.

Accommodation options at Panorama Mountain Resort

Photo courtesy of Panorama Mountain Resort (Kari Medig)

DAY 1

  • You’ve arrived at Panorama Mountain Resort and need to pick up the rental skis for the kids while yours get a tune-up; great! Grab a coffee and a bite to eat from the Cappuccino Bar located inside the Mountain Outfitters while waiting.
  • After dropping the young ones off at the Kids Discovery Program, where they’ll learn and practice their technique, warm your legs up on the groomers below Mile 1 Express chair. Once you feel suitably ready, make your way up the Summit Quad to the peak – awaiting you is a thrilling 1300-m descent back to the base.
  • On your next ride back to the top of the mountain, stop at the Summit Hut for lunch and enjoy panoramic views of Taynton Bowl, home of Panorama’s most challenging terrain.
  • If you have more energy to burn, rent a fat bike and hit the trails.  New for this year is a dedicated 9-km fat biking trail from the Panorama Nordic Centre at Greywolf. 
  • Head to Alto Kitchen & Bar at the base for a casual dinner. The whole family will find something to savour here with Italian-inspired cuisine and fire-baked pizza.
  • Take a turn, and ice-skate under the twinkle lights at the in-resort skating rink. Located just past The Candy Cabin, outside Summit and 1000 Peaks Lodges, the skating rink has a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains. Skate rentals are available from Mountain Outfitters. 
Panorama Village; Photo courtesy of Panorama Mountain Resort

DAY 2

  • Start your morning with quiches, breakfast sandwiches and pastries at Panorama’s go to breakfast spot, Fireside Café. If you’re in a rush to make the first chair, pick up a coffee from local Fernie roaster Rooftop Coffee Roasters at their heated takeout window.
  • For the expert skiers, it’s time to dive into the extreme terrain in Taynton Bowl. Littered with double black diamond runs stretching along Outback Ridge, Taynton Bowl will make you feel as if you’re in the backcountry – but all safely avalanche controlled and patrolled by Panorama’s ski patrol.
Outback Ridge in the Taynton Bowl; Photo courtesy of Panorama Mountain Resort (Ashley Voykin)
  • To reach the outer runs of Taynton Bowl, catch a ride on the Monster X Snowcat (tickets available at Guest Services or booked online) – open Friday to Sunday. A 10-minute ride from the start of Kinbasket run will take you along Goldie Plateau to 9 of the most extreme and remote runs you’ll ever experience in bounds.
  • Less extreme skiers can spend the morning lapping the Sunbird Chair and Champagne Express. Kilometres groomers and glades from beginner to advanced will thoroughly entertain the whole family.
  • For some of the best views of the Toby Creek Valley, make sure you visit the Elkhorn Cabin for lunch. Give the raclette a try, and you’ll be wondering if you’ve been transported to the Swiss Alps.
  • After your filling lunch, take a family-friendly snowmobile trip up to the historic Paradise Mine with Toby Creek Adventures. Cruise the groomed trails into the alpine to an abandoned silver mine. The jaw-dropping views out over the Rockies and Columbia Valley on a clear day will leave everyone pining for more alpine adventures.
Photo courtesy of Toby Creek Adventures
  • Once your snowmobile adventure is done, head back to the resort base for dinner at T-Bar & Grill. Juicy burgers and delicious shared plates will satisfy your appetite in the cozy sports bar atmosphere. Kids are permitted until 9pm, so no need to leave them behind!

DAY 3

  • Start your morning, by fixing your favourite home-cooked breakfast in your in-suite kitchen. Almost every room at Panorama is fully outfitted with a stove and fridge for your stay.
  • Check out the daily snow report to find out what areas are the best to ski & ride on your last day on the mountain. 
  • Warm-up by the outdoor fire at Greywolf Snack Shack, located at the base of the Sunbird Chair. A piping hot bowl of chilli will warm up more than your body, it will also heat your soul.
  • Then, hit the Nordic trails for an afternoon adventure on cross country skis, snowshoes or fat bikes. Over 20-km of trails meander through the lush forests and open fairways of the Greywolf Golf Course alongside Toby Creek. Rentals are available at the Greywolf Nordic Centre if you forgot your equipment at home.
Photo by Evan Mitsui
  • You’ve had an insanely packed 3-days, so it’s time to sit back and relax in the Panorama Springs Pools. Two hot tubs and a large warm pool will loosen up your muscles after your long, activity-filled days. If you need just that little bit more relaxation time, the team at Pure Massage will make sure you’re well taken care of with a spa treatment or soothing massage.
Panorama Springs Pools; Photo courtesy of Panoram Mountain Resort
  • Treat yourself and your family right with an opulent meal at Cliffhanger Restaurant – Panorama’s upscale-casual eatery. Make sure you save room for dessert – the Strawberry Rhubarb Granita is fantastic!

All dining options at the Resort.


Know Before You Go – Plan ahead so you can travel safely and responsibly. Familiarize yourself with weather, road conditions, general alerts for travellers and provincial health orders & recommendations.

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Top/cover photo courtesy of Scott Rowed, Purcell Mountain Views from the Resort.

Words by Mark Locki. Mark is a photographer and writer based in Kimberley, BC. An avid traveller throughout the Kootenays and abroad, he enjoys exploring the natural world, camera in hand, seeking out compelling stories. He’s often found deep in the backcountry, running, climbing or on skis, challenging himself to discover new scenes and viewpoints. 

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