Panorama Resort Blog

Summer Adventures To Keep You Cool

Posted by Laura Matthew on Aug 3, 2017 10:50:01 AM

Summer in the Columbia Valley is always epic. Whether you’re up in the mountains immersed in the wildlife and stunning alpine flowers, or down in the valley scoping out the local shops and farmers markets, there is no shortage of activities to strike off the list.

However, with consistently hot temperatures throughout July, the beaches and lakes have been hopping this summer with those trying to escape the heat. With the long weekend on the horizon and more 30+ degree weather in the forecast, we’ve got an option to help you stay cool and out of the beach lounger.

Be adventurous and take a break from the lake!

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Topics: Helpful vacation tips, Columbia Valley

Sky's the Limit - The Best Summer Hikes up Panorama

Posted by Laura Matthew on Jul 7, 2017 10:27:00 AM

Situated on the doorstep of Kootenay National Park, Panorama is the perfect home base for exploring the stunning natural beauty and vast wilderness of the East Kootenay's . However as we know Canada’s beauty extends far past Park borders, and with the Canada's 150 free park access this year we know that the park trails will be overwhelmed with visitors. So go ahead, branch out from the crowds this summer and join us in BC's Kootenay Rockies as we explore the mountains on our own schedule, in the true laid-back Kootenay fashion . What's our favourite part? The Mile 1 Express is turning all summer long, so we are never more than a 10 minute chairlift ride from mountain biking and hiking trails surrounded by postcard views.

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Topics: Helpful vacation tips, Columbia Valley, Hiking

Hopeful Bike Trails: Pure, Rugged, Mountain Bike Bliss

Posted by Jason Simpson on Jul 5, 2017 11:03:01 AM

Panorama’s new summit experience will blow adventure minded riders away this summer. Hopeful Trail off the summit of Panorama has been the stuff of legend for many years now. Until very recently it was the stomping grounds of only the most determined riders willing to expend their own steam to ascend 4000’ feet of steep fire roads to access the goods. This summer Panorama will be running the Champagne Chair to get riders within 1000’ vertical feet of riding nirvana. A new climbing up track at grades averaging between 5 and 8% will take the sting out of the final climb to Outback Ridge or to the summit proper and ultimately to the start of the Hopeful Experience.

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Topics: Bike Park, Columbia Valley, Pink Bike

5 Tips for your Summer Hikes

Posted by Ian Ladd on Jun 13, 2017 11:19:55 AM

 It's that time of the year when the days get longer and the snow is no longer. So naturally you start planning for the summer, writing down cool ideas, things you want to do, places to explore, etc. But if you're planning on hiking, you should start with this blog! It will point you in the right direction with links to essential gear sites, the best sites for hiking information, and other useful resources when deciding where to go for your next adventure. I'm an avid hiker myself and really this blog came out of my quest for hiking information about The Columbia Valley, Kootenay National Park, Banff National Park etc. So get out there and enjoy your summer, maybe I'll see you on the trails!

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Topics: Hiking, Planning

3 More Sneak Peak Bike Weekends

Posted by Jason Simpson on Jun 7, 2017 4:15:34 PM

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

It may be a little brazen or even melodramatic to open a blog about riding bikes with a quote from Churchill but I believe it fits. If you made it out to our May Long Weekend sneak peek you know what a massive success it was. As Mr. Churchill implies success cannot ride on its laurels, so we are going to take his advice, gather our courage, and continue on. The Panorama Bike Park will be open every remaining weekend of June leading up to our official opening on June 30. To the trail crew, lift attendants, bike patrollers, beer slingers, and of course all of you that came out to sample some early season muddy goodness – Thank You.

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Topics: Bike Park, Trail Crew

The Joys of June: Upcoming Events this Month

Posted by Laura Matthew on Jun 2, 2017 10:24:05 AM

As summer rolls into the mountains, our calendars quickly begin to fill up with the seemingly endless list of awesome events and activities happening in the Valley. This summer is no exception! However, there are two events returning to the resort this month which are always annual favourites, and deserve a spot on your June calendar.

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Topics: Columbia Valley, Events

Do It Right with our May Long Weekend Bucket List

Posted by Laura Matthew on May 12, 2017 4:01:54 PM

Summer starts here and we're putting on three days of activities and relaxation for the May Long Weekend. With endless opportunities for adventure and exploration we have narrowed it all down to a short list of must-dos while visiting the mountains on your Victoria Day holiday.

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Topics: Helpful vacation tips, Bike Park, Trail Building, Golf, Hiking, Events, May long weekend

Panorama’s Earliest Bike Park Opening – EVAH!

Posted by Jason Simpson on May 12, 2017 10:42:59 AM

The snow has been hanging on as Old Man Winter refuses to pry his cold dead hands from the stock of his favorite season. His grip has not been loosening fast enough and we mountain bikers are getting riled up like petulant children refused their favorite toy. Aching to get out on the trails, we sit drooling over bike edits on Pink Bike and other enablers.

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Topics: Bike Park, May long weekend, opening day

No Malarkey Snow Conditions - Spring Update

Posted by Evan Pacey on Mar 30, 2017 9:13:51 AM

The calendar has ticked over into daylight savings, and somehow the end of March has arrived in what seems like no time at all! Maybe it’s got something to do with the unusually long, cold stretches through the winter, or the great coverage around the mountain, or maybe the continued regular snowfall, but it seems that Spring, whilst teasing once or twice, has arrived like the guest you forgot you’d invited – ding-dong! It’s here now folks, and we had best entertain it!

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Topics: spring skiing, Snow Conditions

Soak up Spring With These 4 Tips

Posted by Laura Matthew on Mar 9, 2017 3:48:47 PM

Spring is a beautiful time at Panorama; the sun shines a little brighter, the days are getting longer, and the goggle tans begin to show up. After a long and abnormally colder winter in BC and Alberta, we personally cannot wait to get some laps in under the sun without our balaclavas, toe warmers, and puffy jackets. Don't miss a moment with the short but sweet spring ski season with our local’s tips on how to rock the end of winter at Panorama.

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Topics: Ski, spring skiing