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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March 04, 2010
Miles Gouch from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
We have just returned from our second trip to Panorama (Panorama Mountain Village) having booked a late deal through Inghams. During our first stay in March 2004 our kids (7&9) learned to ski in the great school and we were amazed at how quiet the resort is with virtually no queuing on any of the lifts. The down side was the lack of fresh snow and the limited evening options for family eating/entertainment. Having returned six years later the lack of snow was again a big issue, the options for evenings for families are not greatly improved and comparitively the cost of everything in the resort, ski pass, hire, tuition, food and drink has soared. The General Store carries very little other than beer, bread and crisps so healthy self catering without a car is impossible. We have skied in Europe for a number of years since and our group has come on in it's skiing ability and to be honest, if you exclude the terrain covered by double black runs, we found the resort quite small with the skiing variety limited as most areas can be covered at least twice in a long ski day. Fresh snow would have changed all of this but a common theme from both this forum and discussions with locals is the concern over the extent of natural snowfall that they get. I'm not sure how they measure the 1 metre of snow that is supposed to have been at The Summit but with rocks and mud showing all over they were being optimistic to say the least. The people in Panorama Mountain Village resort are fantastically friendly, very polite and the mountain scenery is stunning. If you do go, take advantage of The Mountain Friend free guiding service. They are all locals, mostly retired, and do a great job of selling the resort with a lot of laughs. It is a great place to learn if you book a package in advance but I doubt whether we would return, even if we got the offer of another great deal.
March 01, 2010
Michael from Ski Canada Canada
Having the privilege of free accommodations with friends, I ski at Panorama Mountain Village several times a year. For the uninitiated some of the mountain stats should be clarified. Nine lifts is hype from a Marketing Dept. on steroids. The village gondola serves the lower parking lot to the day lodge only. The upper parking lot closest to the lodge is usually full every weekend due to ski racers. For 80% of skiers there are only four lifts to speak of. The ski report always mentions Tayton Bowl & the Extreme zone as the best place for powder. That might be true but less than 5% of skiers could ski double diamond runs in trees, let alone any family with kids. Their longest run is 5.5km of which 5km is a road that connects Tayton bowl with the main lodge. As an expert skier I ski the whole mountain. I challenge anyone to find 50 trails that are skiable let alone 120. Average snow fall of 479cm is pushing it. If it wasn’t for artificial snow they would have to restrict many runs due to “unmarked hazards”. Since Christmas they had only 15cm of snow. On the plus side there are never any queues at the lifts, which is understandable. I agree with the writers below, there are better places to ski In Western Canada.
February 09, 2010
Jon from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
My family of four (two boys age 9 and 11) spent Xmas and New Year in Panorama (Panorama Mountain Village). It was our second trip there having been at Easter 2008. Compared to Europe; The ski terrain is awesome - Sun Bowl, Founders and Taynton are as good as anywhere. No waiting in lift lines. Good restaurants at cheap prices. Nice people, Canadians are probably the most courteous and friendly you will ever meet. The snow may not be as good as Colorado but compared to Europe it is very good. Accommodation is good sized and reasonably priced with virtually all ski-in ski-out for upper village. Only down side is it's a long way but you will save money, you won't stand waiting for lifts and the ski-ing is awesome. We can't wait to go back.
January 21, 2010
Marke from Ski United States United States
Hello from Panorama Mountain Village. We thank Harry (and others) for feedback and always welcome comments from our skiers and riders. If you'd like to discuss your thoughts with us directly, please send an email to The snow is great and winter is too short, get in to it.
January 07, 2010
Harry from Ski Canada Canada
I've been skiing as a season pass holder at Panorama (Panorama Mountain Village) or (Iceorama ... ski fraternity reputation) for the past several years. During this time the management of this property has left me and many of my skiing colleagues dismayed. In 08-09, as well as this year, they closed their main signature blue run (Show Off) to beginners and created a terrain park for less than 10 percent of their clientele. The amount of energy and resources focused on creating 10 ski ramps more than 20-30 ft high is beyond reason when the rest of the main trails are sheer ice and in dire need of artificial snow and gooming. Having skied most of the Western CDN resorts, there are many better options available. I definitely would not ski Pano (Panorama Mountain Village) if I was not "handcuffed" by real estate.
December 08, 2009
Colin Ross from Ski Canada Canada
I have had the pleasure of living in Invermere, and let me say a few things Pano as we locals call Panorama Mountain Village. It is a fantastic hill that has many opportunities that are waiting to be found if you are looking for a great hill for beginners or light back country in Tayton bowl Pano is a great hill. I have had the pleasure of skiing there too many times to count and let me say it is all in the eyes of the beholder. For me I learned to ski at Panorama so the snow there is always special to me. Anyways looking forward to a great ski season snow piling up already.
November 19, 2009
Lou from Ski Canada Canada
Since I have been skiing in the Rockies, Panorama (Panorama Mountain Village) is the place I liked the least. My list of cons is longer, much longer, than my list of pros. I would pick Kicking Horse or Fernie or Revelstoke ten times before going to Panorama (Panorama Mountain Village). They have some really good long runs but just don't get the same snow. Lots of ''pod'' skiing. You're always in a chair. Some of the buildings in the village can get pretty noisy at night, especially during popular holidays. If you don't mind dragging your behind out of bed at 11:00 and begin skiing at noon, guess it's OK but I like to be on the chair before it opens.
November 16, 2009
Cathy from Ski Canada Canada
Great skiing last spring at Panorama Mountain Village. The hill could have stayed open another couple of weeks :{. Tremendous variety: Tayton for experts and View of 1000 peaks is a personal favourite Lots of great runs for the whole family, with virtually no lift lines (except maybe Christmas, and Family Day). The food is good - Grey's Restaurant is very upscale, and Wildfire and Choppers offer good value. A really great bakery like the one in Invermere at Panorama would be a spectacular add. The views are great at Panorama Mountain Village and temperatures are usually tolerable even in January. Looking forward to skiing this year again and again.
November 13, 2009
Dan C from Ski Canada Canada
I have been to Panorama Mountain Village 4 times. On the plus side: no lift lines and great runs e.g Fritze and Schobers Dream. You just can't beat Roller Coaster and Skyline or Old Timer for hard blues. Great staff all 'round and the best way to end a day is in the hot pool. The Heliplex for the ribs is super and bring a big appetite. Lunch at Grey Wolf golf course on the deck is not to be missed. The night time fondue at the top of the mountain at Panorama Mountain Village is great as well and the ski down after is worth every penny. On the down side, there is only one small area for the true beginner as the rest of the mountain is intermediate or above.
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.