Panorama Resort Blog

Colourful Summit - Exclusive Autumn Ridge Walk

Posted by Clarissa Amaro on Jul 28, 2016 12:30:00 PM

"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul." John Muir, Scottish-American Naturalist.

Alpine Larch, Tamarack, Lyall Larch or if you really know your stuff, Larix Lyallii. Whatever name you go by the brilliance and colour that transpires as the Alpine Larches soft green needles turn golden and fall each Autumn, is that kind of jaw-dropping natural beauty that simply strengthens the soul. Alpine Larches grow at high altitudes - 1800 to 2400m - and are native to the Purcells, southern Selkirks and Rocky Mountains, which is why you find stands of the trees throughout the Pine forests stretching out from Panorama's summit.

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Topics: Hiking, Events

Five Memorable Mountain Wedding Ideas

Posted by Clarissa Amaro on Jan 21, 2016 4:37:12 PM

With a backdrop as dramatic and stunning as the Purcell Mountains you can imagine we've been host to some incredibly tender and beautiful moments when it comes to couples celebrating their love. Proposals, first dances, anniversary soirees and elopements, this mountain has seen it all. Of course with a wedding and events department full of lovely ladies we do sit around and chat endlessly about awesome wedding inspiration. So from the vault of our event coordination office here are five of our favourite wedding ideas.

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Topics: Destination Weddings

No Malarkey Snow Update - Holiday Conditions

Posted by Evan Pacey on Dec 28, 2015 11:54:34 AM

In the fall the naysayers were out in numbers, opining that the super El Nino was something akin to the dark side of the force and about to make our lives a misery. I only encountered a few folks who managed to stay off that bandwagon. The word from the forecasters was that we didn’t really know what would happen as the pre-season patterns were off the charts, causing the weather modeling to be somewhat unreliable.

Moving right along, we got a heap of snow in quick bursts through November, including half a metre in 24hrs. An early opening for the Powder Preview Weekend saw awesome conditions in Taynton, followed by another 40cm in the week to the scheduled opening on December 11. Since then we’ve had top ups in small amounts every two or three days and there is a broad consensus among the locals and regulars (many with very long memories) that these are the best early season conditions for many, many years.

I’ve been out on the mountain to get an in-depth feel for conditions. Here’s the lowdown to help you choose where to make tracks….

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Topics: Ski, Snow Conditions

Panorama's Most Photogenic Locations

Posted by Clarissa Amaro on Dec 21, 2015 3:40:56 PM

With our vast mountains, and breathtaking winter-meets-wilderness scenery, it's not hard to find a Kodak moment at every turn here. So, to help you narrow down that long list of insta-worthy backdrops we've consulted our resident photographers, Stephan Malette and Andrew Brown, and put together a collection of our favourite photogenic locations. The surroundings here evolve with the seasons and time of day, so it's worth visiting these spots more than once. And remember, it's a big mountain - get out there and explore. You'll find some inspiring settings that are all your own.

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Topics: Ski, Behind the scenes, Resort News

We're Opening Early for a Powder Preview Weekend

Posted by Clarissa Amaro on Nov 24, 2015 5:00:44 PM

You've seen the posts, dreamt of the powder, played dress up in all your new gear and now it's here, we're opening December 5 and 6 and kicking off the season with a Powder Preview Weekend full of waist deep powder stashes and pristine groomers. 

November has brought with it some of the best early season snowfall on record and storm after storm has blanketed the resort with over 160 cm of snow. The Summit Quad, Champagne Express and Mile 1 Quad will all be spinning for our Powder Preview Weekend so you'll be making fresh tracks top to bottom. 

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Topics: Ski, Mountain Update, ski deals

How much does a BC Rockies ski trip cost?

Posted by Clarissa Amaro on Nov 8, 2015 2:30:00 PM

As the snow starts to fall and frosty mornings become the norm, many people are looking beyond autumn (spring for our friends in the Southern Hemisphere) and making plans for their winter vacations.

Budget is often the number one factor influencing how, when and where to spend your precious holidays and weekends. So we decided to take a no nonsense look at what it will cost you to take a ski trip to Panorama this winter and give you the low down on some nifty products and ski deals that'll help you save.

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Topics: Ski, Panorama Mountain Resort, Helpful vacation tips, Ski Instructors, Snow School, Kids skiing, Planning

Planning a ski trip with the kids? Here are 8 must read tips to make planning a family ski vacation easier.

Posted by Clarissa Amaro on Sep 3, 2015 2:34:07 PM

Get the inside scoop on planning a stress free family snow holiday with these must read winter getaway tips.

1. Get the kids into lessons and book before you arrive at the resort

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Canada Cup - Relive the wild weekend!

Posted by Jason Simpson on Jul 27, 2015 2:09:46 PM

What an amazing weekend. The months of planning, that began the day after last summer's Canada Cup ended, really paid off. It was evident in the conversations I overheard in the lift line, the coffee shop, and at the side of the course. The word I kept hearing was, “fun”. That is a word not always associated with racing as racers deal with the anxiety of line choice, bike setup, and riding steep loose terrain at break neck speeds. Panorama was able to provide fun both on and off the course.

A big thank you to the trail crew who discovered ways to take the bones of our venerable course and create a modern DH track that would excite and challenge riders. The other major element of fun was provided by Stephen Exley and the Dunbar Summer Series who brought the event atmosphere we were looking for. Unbelievable prizing, a kids race, a whip and style jam, Brett Tippie, Troy Brosnan, and tons of champagne helped take us to the next level.

In case you missed it, here it is in words, pictures, and video from many different media outlets.

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Topics: Bike Park, Pink Pike, Dunbar Racing, Canada Cup

Course Preview: BC/Canada Cup 2015

Posted by Jason Simpson on Jul 16, 2015 1:26:04 PM

The best in Canada compete!

Dunbar Cycle Summer Series Presents the BC & Canada Cup.

The best bike action of the summer comes to Panorama this weekend with the finals happening at 12 noon on Sunday July 19th!

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Topics: Behind the scenes, Bike Park

Let It Ride - The Dirty Work of Bike Park Trail Building

Posted by Clarissa Amaro on Jul 10, 2015 4:23:00 PM

After nearly two years, one mini excavator, one big excavator and a bulldozer, Let It Ride, Panorama Bike Park’s first top to bottom beginner trail is complete.  

The name, Let It Ride, will be familiar to anyone who has visited the bike park in the past. However, almost three kilometers of machine built flow has been added over the past two seasons, dramatically changing the trail and the beginner and intermediate riding experience.

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