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 11, 2011
Harry from Ski Canada Canada
Finally under new mgt. (18 local investors) someone who has an idea of how to run a ski resort. As a (15 year) season pass holder, did 12 days @ Xmas (see my comments below from last year). Pros: 1) The terrain park has been relocated off their main blue run "Show Off" to the Powder Trail. More family usage in one weekend than all of last season. 2) Reconfiguration of the food services in the main lodge, more seating, open till 9:00pm, resonable priced buffet, excellent value. 3) Night skiing till 9:00pm off Mile One Quad. 4) Shuttle from Panorama to Invermere (closet town) for more eating options and shopping. Also a shuttle from Calgary. 5) Mile One hut, good start but could be bigger. 6) Several daily "apres-ski" activities for families. 7) Great Italian restaurant @ Greywolf 8) Honest snow condition reports. Cons: 1) For you Eastern skiers, do bring your "ice" skis unless you plan to ski Tayton Bowl .. double black with a long, long run out road. The main runs live up to Panorama's reputation as "Iceorama" by about Noon. They should continue to make artificial snow on those runs during the high traffic periods. 2) Grooming is limited to less than ten trails per night out of 120 ???.... as per writer below, I ski all mountain and haven't found more than 60. I think they need to acquire additional grooming equipment. 3) Some trails especially in the Founder's Ridge area could use some summer bush/tree clearing. Overall, the new owners are doing a good job, so I no longer feel I"m "hand cuffed" by real estate .. see below.
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....
December 13, 2013
Dave from Ski Canada Canada
Took 3 friends skiing opening day (Dec 6/13). Basically, only one run open to the public yet lift tickets were still expensive. Grooming report not accurate to say the least. Very hard to get real conditions and website is poor.
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).
January 12, 2021
Jill from Ski Canada Canada
My family has been coming to Panorama for years and loving it. So many improvements this year with some great new runs and restaurants! There are warm pools, a skating rink, a candy shop for the kids, a grocery store, and more. Kids and adults will love all there is to do here. BTW Panorama is open all year round. We've come in the summer for downhill biking and rafting and summer activities!
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!
May 21, 2011
Kevin from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
After reading the reports on here I had to post to let people know just how good a resort this is. I was in Pano (Panorama Mountain Village) for 9 weeks this year, we had new snow every week at least. I skied every day both working with ski school (which is on of the most professional ski schools I have come across) and training with Snow Challenge instructor training course. With so much snow this year (I know I was lucky) I was still finding new routes in both Taynton Bowl and the Extreme Dream Zone on my last day. With so much beginner terrain it’s a great place to teach and you can have so much fun in safe off-piste in-bounds areas like the Sunbowl and Funders Ridge. Yes, there are a few bad points such as a long ski out from Taynton down the worlds coldest cat track and the -30 days. If you have only skied in Europe then you just have to go somewhere like Pano. No lift queues even on the busy February holidays, 5min max at the bottom lift, I didn’t see a queue on any of the other lifts more than 20 people. As for après-ski two bars is all I need, always a good time in the TBar after a day’s skiing. Yes, it is limited but that’s the price you pay for having the pistes to yourself (If you don’t mind the cold January is empty). As for the people I challenge anyone to find a more friendly resort. After skiing Canada I will find it very hard to ski in Europe again. If you are looking to do some serious training Snow Challenge Canada offers some good value coursed with a great bunch of people. I will be back next year if it’s the last thing I do.
February 05, 2011
mike from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I have just come back from a week at Panorama (Panorama Mountain Village) and have got to say "what an awesome time!" There's plenty of runs but the fun is in between the runs where you find powder even after a week of no snow. Yes, more used and harder runs do get a bit bumpy but there is always a flat part or powder off to the sides. I wouldn't recommend the resort to a beginner as there is very little for them. But for others the vast, varied terrain and off-piste styled runs are amazing and the best thing about this place: you're lucky to see anyone on the same run as you during the week! I would recommend this to anyone for up to a week and if you don't mind traveling.
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.