Visitor reviews for Panorama Mountain Resort Ski Resort

Panorama Mountain Resort Ratings

Overall: 3.9. Based on 59 votes and 59 reviews. Vote

Snowsure: 3.8

(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.

Variety of pistes: 4.4

(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.

Off-piste: 4.1

(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.

Scenery: 4.5

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Access: 3.5

(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.

Accommodation: 4.2

(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.

Childcare: 4.3

(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.

Snowmaking: 4.1

(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: 3.9

(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.

Shelter: 4.2

(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: 3.3

(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: 3.3

(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: 4.3

(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.

Crowds/Queues: 4.4

(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: 4.2

(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.

Beginners: 4.0

(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.

Intermediates: 4.3

(1) No intermediate terrain at Panorama Mountain Resort, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 4.5

(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.

Cross-country: 4.1

(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.

Luge/Toboggan: 2.7

(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: 3.6

(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.

Eating: 3.8

(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.

Apres-Ski: 3.5

(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.

Entertainment: 3.2

(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): 3.9

(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): 3.9

(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.

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January 13, 2011
Corey from Ski Canada Canada
The new management is making great strides in this resort. I own a 1 bedroom condo in the Panorama Springs building and spend approx 7-10 days snowboarding the hill each year fo the past 10 years. I also like to try other resorts (Louise, Kicking Horse, Sunshine, Marmot, Fernie, etc) but honestly feel there are many things that Panorama (Panorama Mountain Village) has to offer that I haven't found elsewhere. It is true that other resorts tend to get more snow, however, you can't beat a Tanyton bowl run on a powder day! Some years there is a ton of snow, others it can get icy, but no matter how long it has been since a snowfall, if you know the hill there are always powder spots to find. In fact, there are times I've been to Pano and foud powder all day long and it hadn't snowed in weeks..must have something to do with the fact there is no where near the traffic of other resorts, hence, no lift lines except between Christmas and New Years and Family day weekend. Pros: - Serious vertical! One run at decent speeds starting from the bottom to the top and down can take a minimum of 45 minutes and if you're with a group well over an hour. Long runs are great, you aren't hopping on a chairlift every 5 minutes as you are elsewhere (except Kicking Horse). - Food. The Summit hut is a great spot (although it could be expanded) for a drink and bite to eat and pictures! Also it would be tough to beat Earl Grey for fine dining, definitely one of the best restaurants I've ever been to. - True ski-in/ski-out - Nowhere has the pools/tubs/sauna atmosphere that Pano does. - Lots of expert skiing/boarding with Taynton bowl and Extreme Dream Zone... Cons: - Can be a little tough for beginnners. The green runs here are like blue runs elsewhere - the blue runs like black elsewhere. You get my point. - Snow conditions can be a little dicey at times, but as I mentioned, if you ask the locals where to go, you will find powder any day. - the road up to the hill can be a little scary, although it was widened and re-paved last year. All in all, it is a great family atmosphere, priced really well and if you hit a week of snow, there isn't anywhere better! Cheers!
January 23, 2018
Rob from Ski Canada 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.
January 04, 2009
John from Ski Canada Canada
Panorama Mountain Village has an incredible amount of vertical, virtually no lift lines and an immense amount of skiable terrain. Compared to the circus of Louise or Sunshine this is the best kept secret within 3 1/2 hrs of Calgary.
March 27, 2011
Bob from Ski United States United States
Skied Panorama (Panorama Mountain Village) from 20 - 26 March 2011. Stayed in the lower village, Riverbend, exchanged my timeshare at Whistler for a week at Panorama. The views from the top are second to none. The staff we met was friendly and most willing to help. We took advantage of skiing with the Friends of the Mountain one morning. Bob, Bobby et al were are excellent ambassadors for the resort. The runs were long and uncrowded. Took a photo from the top of Roy's run with nobody skiing on it, and it was groomed the night before, fabulous! The area is huge, @ 3K acres, and it would ski even bigger if more runs were groomed. I would say that perhaps only 25% are groomed at any one time. While fresh moguls are fun to ski, blocks of ice are not. Every day there should be a run groomed from the top, and I don't count Get me down as a run, it is a service road. Either Roy's, View of a 1000 Peaks or Top of the World should be groomed nightly. The two runs groomed on the Champagne Chair were Rollercoaster and Skyline. World Cup and Downhill should see the groomers also. Millennium was groomed, but it takes one all of the way down to the Sunbird Chair. Shoeber's Dream saw the groomer once, that run should see it nightly for it is a lot of fun. To the far left is Founder's Bowl. At least one run needs to see the groomer nightly. The moguls were rock solid and rocks were poking out. Need to take skis to the shop for some base repair. Work on grooming no less than 50% of the named runs. Did enjoy the restaurants in the village. Ate at Chopper's Landing, excellent! Jack Pine Pub, big burgers! T-Bar and Grill, also very good. Generally ate lunch at the Great Hall, good food with a fair price. One night took the dinner bus into Invermere, ate at Angus McToogle's. Nice place, no TVs to distract and excellent food. Wish that the area would inform guests as to what is going on in town. Walked to the rink and saw a tiny bit of a youth hockey game. Will I go back? I would say yes, even though it was an 11 hr. drive from Seattle.
February 12, 2008
Sarah from Ski Canada Canada
Hi everybody, I thought I would mention that Fritz's run is named after my grandpa 'cause he built it.
January 15, 2008
Phil Kerley from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Visited Panorama for new year 2007/2008. If you have children, you are not allowed in pubs that don't sell food, if they do you will have to leave by 8.00pm at night. If you are staying in the god forsaken Pine Inn, you will have to be confined to a room and watch TV. We stayed in the Pine Inn. This is not recommended for families as we found out. The Hill Wreckers managed to descend on Panorama for New Year (college week) and caused chaos from all night parties to setting off the fire alarms at all hours. There is no reception in the accommodation and no security. Reception is at the base of the village. Panorama Springs is lovely though and we managed to be moved half way through the holiday. Food in the resort is ok if you like burgers and chicken wings. Compared to Banff it's rubbish. Good points; very good skiing for all abilities and Heli-Skiing on your doorstep. Beer is reasonably priced. When will Canada learn that it is ok to take kids into a pub. In Austria, when the kids fall asleep, they pull up a couple of chairs and make a bed...no big deal. If you are going to make stupid laws, think of the parents of the families first, who are stuck in a resort with nothing to do and can't even have a pint after 8.00pm
January 11, 2011
Jeremy from Ski Canada Canada
There are some thorough reviews on here so I will streamline my response regarding Panorama Mountain Village. First of all, remember within a two hour driving radius there are numerous ski resorts in the area including Kicking Horse, Fernie, Lake Louise, and Sunshine. Within a 3-4 hour radius there are even more. I ski most of them, and they all have unique features. For Panorama (Panorama Mountain Village) I think the main advantages/disadvantages are: Pros: - Best price for ski in/ski out accomodation - Quietest mountain w/ shortest lift lines - Best blue cruisers/grooming and best conditions for racers - Arguably best terrain park - Good glades for intermediate and advanced skiers - Good family mountain (good variety of terrain, good schools for kids, "happy, friendly" atmosphere, events/pools for kids, etc.) - Basically only mountain in the area with night skiing Cons: - Consistently has the least snow of all the resorts in the area - Getting to the summit takes three lifts and my kids always get cold at some point (except in the spring) - Tayton bowl is nice expert terrain but the ski out at the bottom is a drag. The other expert area, the Extreme Dream Zone, is usually too rocky except for great snow years - Food quality is highly, highly variable I have skied it several times already in the 2010/11 year, as well as the other resorts. This year has definitely been its best year for snow out of the last 3 or 4 years. The whole mountain is currently skiable, which hasn't been the case in recent years. Perhaps because of the recent poor snow years, or change in management, it is also quieter than usual. I found many powder stashes this year that would have already been tracked out in other years. That being said, it still has the smallest base of the resorts in the area....
February 05, 2011
Buzz Junkie from Ski Australia Australia
If I want ice I'll walk to my freezer instead of going to Panorama (Panorama Mountain Village).
July 29, 2018
Brad Thompson from Ski Canada Canada
2017-18 saw some impressive hill improvements. I would only day ski here because it it really, really noisy at night and security will not do anything about it.
February 22, 2011
Rick from Ski Canada Canada
Just returned from a 3 day weekend of skiing with my family at Panorama (Panorama Mountain Village). I have been going there for around 5 yrs now as I find it an excellent hill for my family. We ski everything from the lower groomers to Taynton Bowl and the Extreme Dream Zone. The snow this year is just excellent. Everything off the Summit was in the best shape I've ever seen it. My sons' found fresh tracks in Taynton Bowl 5 days after the last major snowfall and there were pockets of fresh in the trees as well. The Sun Bowl and Founders Ridge were both a total blast to ski. If you are finding ice in some of the main runs near the lifts, you really don't have to look very far to find the soft stuff. Get off the main runs and explore!