Visitor reviews for Panorama Mountain Resort Ski Resort
January 23, 2018
Rob from Canada
I skied at Panormama on over 400 days between 1992 and 2004 and a couple of times since then after I moved away from the area. The ski hill has lots going for it: no lift lines, loooong runs, great terrain when there is lots of snow, a fun little village and really friendly staff.
I also skied at all the other hills that are a short drive away from Pano and enjoyed them all too. Some have better average snow conditions, some have better food but none of them has everything that Pano has all in one relaxed and friendly place.
We basically raised our daughter on the hill and it is a fantastic place for family skiing. When she was on the ski team we had 3 big snow years in a row and our group of racer parents would drop off the kids in the morning, ride lifts to the top and link amazing, steep and snow-gorged tree shots all the way down to the bottom, arriving just in time for lunch. After lunch we would do it again and meet the kids for turns at the end of their training. We had lots of great skiers in our group but we could only get 2 of those long, powdery runs in in a day.
Yes, the lodge can be filled with kid racers and their gear can be everywhere but racing is part of the heart of Pano so pick a time other than when they crowd in for lunch so you can eat with less chaos.
The grooming is great so you can always ski despite the season's snowfall and when it is snowing, the variety is great.
I can't wait to get back and would happily retire to live on the mountain if I could.
Panorama Mountain Resort Ratings
Overall: 3.8. Based on 51 votes and 52 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Panorama Mountain Resort.
Public Transport: 3.2
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Panorama Mountain Resort, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Panorama Mountain Resort, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.4
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 3.7
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Panorama Mountain Resort.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.6
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Panorama Mountain Resort, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Panorama Mountain Resort is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Panorama Mountain Resort relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 3.8
(1) There are no snow groomers at Panorama Mountain Resort, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Panorama Mountain Resort are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Panorama Mountain Resort is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 3.2
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Panorama Mountain Resort, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 3.2
(1) Panorama Mountain Resort usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 4.2
(1) The staff at Panorama Mountain Resort are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Panorama Mountain Resort are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 4.1
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 4.3
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 4.3
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Panorama Mountain Resort has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Panorama Mountain Resort, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 3.6
(1) Not even a kicker at Panorama Mountain Resort, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Panorama Mountain Resort, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Panorama Mountain Resort has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 3.7
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 3.3
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 3.5
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 3.7
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 3.8
(1) Overall, Panorama Mountain Resort is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 3.8
(1) Overall, Panorama Mountain Resort is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
November 29, 2017
Paul from New Zealand
This was my first time in Canada and first resort. We arrived in mid Feb and had a fantastic time; couldn't have been better apart from lost luggage. I found the accommodation (ski in/ ski out) to be slightly tired but still really good for the 2 of us. Great fun finding different runs to try, each requiring a different ability. Staff were good (heaps from Oz and NZ), food was variable but plenty of cafes to try (the day lodge food was horrible). Enjoyed that much I'm going back next year. Good variety, good open learners area, easy skiable blue runs, challenging blacks and off-piste if you know what you are doing. One gripe: only one ski shop for tunes at an expensive price.
January 22, 2016
Jules from United Kingdom
This is a great ski resort with something for all levels of skiing ability. There is the discovery zone for beginners and Taynton bowl for advanced with loads of terrain in between for intermediates. I have skied all over Europe and many resorts in Canada and North America. To find a resort this good and yet with little or no lift queues is amazing. The mountain friends are fantastic and staying off the main runs leads to powder days after snowfall!
The food on the mountain is not great but we came for the skiing. Eat a big breakfast in your accommodation then stop for coffee and cookies, ski through lunch as the slopes are even quieter then head back for home cooked meals. The store in the village is well stocked but shop in Invermere on the way in is my advice. Choppers landing, the golf club and greys all do a great evening meal at different budget levels.
January 17, 2016
Stefan from Canada
Nice mountain with great little Nordic area. Small hill with a nice quiet village. Skiing looks pretty good; planning to head up tomorrow.
The staff leave a lot to be desired; a lot of the time are lazy, disinterested and nobody seems to know how things are supposed to be done. Took half a day to get a booking at the hostel on-hill, and I got bounced around several times between different departments. Guest services were the worst. A lot of the main lodge area staff look at you funny if you ask questions they should know the answer to, and they most certainly don't make any effort to learn what they don't know.
March 02, 2015
Leighton H from Canada
Garbage hill with no good food in sight. Sunshine, Lake Louise, Kicking Horse, Fernie, Kimberly and even Fairmont have a much better idea of how to operate a ski resort.
March 20, 2014
Dave E from Australia
On our last day at Panorama for 2013-4 season. Have been here this year (our 9th) for just over 3 months; longest stay yet. The conditions this year have been some of the best we have experienced in our 35+ years of skiing. We still reckon that this is the most friendly resort that we have ever stayed at and that is why we keep coming back. Panorama is one of Canada's best kept secrets, although a few of us are bringing more friends and spreading the word. Looking forward to the 2014-15 season, sorry to be going home.
February 16, 2014
Rod from United Kingdom
Just returned from an awesome week's skiing in Panorama, BC. This is a gem of a resort with plenty of difficult skiing and well maintained groomed pistes. So much more interesting than many European resorts and the staff and locals are friendly; not something you find in Europe very often. We were lucky with a huge dump of snow and I had the best few days skiing ever with my friends. We tried skiing with the mountain friends for the first time which was a great experience. Very family friendly and I would recommend it to anyone. Only wish I lived closer.
February 12, 2014
Steve from Canada
Skied Pano for the first time this year. Always perceived it to be a small, intermediate mountain, but was pleasantly surprised with the amount of black and double black runs for me while still lots of blue and green for the kids. A close second to Fernie, but for me it beats Louise and Sunshine hands down. Skied Whistler/Blackcomb a lot, but not for a while. If Pano gets some snow it could out do even these giants. Lots of vertical and numerous choices from just a few chair rides.
Snow has been sparse this year, but there's nothing the mountain can do about that. Tree tops poking through the snow don't hurt and I started enjoying my days a lot more when I stopped worrying so much about my bases. Found the snow making and grooming to be outstanding providing great alternatives on fast groomers when mother nature just hasn't come through for the glades and chutes. Go with the flow, your bases are disposable, each day only happens once!
I agree with the comments on the food service. We waited 30 minutes for a $7 hotdog (with a soggy bun). On a day when an event was occurring, the peasants (i.e. lift ticket buying public) were directed to other restaurants for service. Could have gone home for a better/cheaper/faster lunch. The restaurant was good and not much more expensive. We went directly there the next day we skied. Next time we'll probably pack a lunch.
The snowfall returned today and is expected to continue through the long weekend. Looking forward to exploring the mountain more with the new snow revealing its potential. Hopefully, the grumpy people will stay home.
January 22, 2014
Panorama Mountain Village from Canada
We just want to address the comments from a couple of reviewers. First of all, thanks for coming out to ski Panorama! I'm sorry to hear that the conditions you experienced were what you expected. Unfortunately, Western Canada struggled for snow early this season so coverage was a little light. That combined with a warm December, which made snowmaking difficult, didn't allow us to open as much of the mountain as we would have liked.
Unfortunately, ski resorts are at the mercy of Mother Nature sometimes. However, we received a storm on January 3rd and again on January 10-12 and we're happy to report that conditions are much improved.
We take great pride in the accuracy of our snow and grooming reports. Our Mountain Ops team updates the grooming report and updates the trails open / closed every morning at 7:30am. Our Snow Reporter updates the snow report at 6:00am every day and gets the snow figures directly from our on mountain telemetry at the Summit plot.
We have 9 lifts in total, including a Village Gondola. We always list our Village Gondola exactly as it is - a Village Gondola, that brings skiers from our lower village and parking lot right to the base of the ski hill. There are 4 big (3 quads and a triple) lifts on the mountain, but those 4 lifts take skiers up 4000 vertical (the 4th highest in Canada) and access almost 3000 acres of terrain. The mountain is huge and skiing, fantastic. We have 116 of 120 trails now open.
Again, thanks for your visit and we're sorry to hear that your early season experience wasn't ideal. I would encourage readers to check out our Snow Report or Facebook page at any time to see current photos and read about current conditions on the mountain (sorry, snow-forecast wouldn't allow us to include direct links with this post).
January 01, 2014
Peter from Canada
Just returned from Panorama or it's nick name 'Iceorama'. Arrived on the 23rd Dec. Only one run available to the public off the main chair (Mile One) even though the web site stated 91 runs open. Runs off the Sunbird Chair were marginal; a lot of rocks and shrubs. The terrain should have been closed. They used to make snow on several trials: Millennium and Schober's but not this year. A lot of rocks and bear spots. My guess is they are hurting financially. They did make snow on several trails but even though it was the peak Xmas season the trails were still closed because the snow was not 'farmed'. The website grossly misrepresents the truth when it comes to snow conditions, grooming and facilities. Here's the real goods. Lifts of any consequence> 4. They advertise a 'gondola' but don't be fooled, it's only a people mover 1000m long from the parking lot to the main lodge. Trails: 121, if you could find 60 worthwhile you would be lucky. Grooming: for the ten days we were there only five trails were groomed on a regular basis. By noon many trails were too icy to enjoy. Stumbocks trail was great but the run out trail (Tayton) was a ski repair shop's dream.
The cafeteria, in the main lodge, is a disaster. They have a new system for food ordering which is inefficient. It took more than 30 min to get your order. Also they allow all the racers to bring their gear into the hall making space very limited.
Would not revisit.
PS: The Panorama writing crew and aliases will undoubtedly be busy putting a positive spin on the above with lines like ... "found great pow in Tayton Bowl" etc. etc. Don't buy into it.