Nestled in the Purcell Mountains in Southeast British Columbia, Panorama Mountain is unique. It’s perfect cone-shape makes it feel like nature designed it with skiers in mind. Come summer, Panorama stays popular with its wealth of mountain biking and golfing options. There are also lots of great accommodation options in the area, making Panorama a year-round winner for amazing mountain getaways!
Panorama in Summer
Panorama and the nearby town of Invermere are also wonderful summer destinations for mountain bikers and golfers. Greywolf Golf Course is located at Panorama and is an award-winning course serving up 18 gorgeous holes. It’s rated as BC’s top public course and you’ll see why when you experience the beautiful alpine scenery for yourself.
Mountain biking is a rapidly growing activity all over Western Canada and Invermere is no slouch. Local bike shops have everything you need to get set up if you don’t have your own gear and there are plenty of friendly and scenic trails for beginners as well as some more challenging terrain for experienced riders.
The town of Invermere also provides a lovely setting to browse local stores and art galleries, and check out some delicious cafes and restaurants with a backdrop of stunning mountains.
Panorama in Winter
2847 acres of terrain makes Panorama Mountain Resort one of the top ten largest resorts in Canada. Founded in 1962 Panorama has experienced steady growth and development. It has even played host to several world-class events for downhill and slalom ski-racing. Panorama enjoys around 17 feet of snowfall per year and the snow is light, dry and powdery. What falls is also well maintained.
All of the terrain at Panorama is below the tree-line so you’ll be able to enjoy plenty of beautiful, gladed runs. The real feature at this mountain, however, is the Extreme Dream Zone (a steep black-diamond area) and the Taynton Bowl. This bowl used to be accessible to heli-skiers only but is now part of the mountain and maintains a backcountry feel to it. There are also terrain parks and lots of cruisy groomers to enjoy.
Even though you can find steep, fast runs and fluffy powder bowls, Panorama has been developed with families in mind. The resort offers ski-in/ski-out accommodations, which eliminates the hassle of daily transportation…which is a pretty big deal for mums and dads with little tots with tired out legs. The layout of the village and the amenities make it easy and convenient for families to navigate and you’ll find everything you need is within convenient reach. There are restaurants, pubs, cafés, spa services and retail shops all within the resort itself, and nearby Invermere has even more if you feel like venturing further.
The slope-side hot pools are really something to enjoy as there are none like them at any other resort in Canada. Wee Wascals Childcare has plenty to keep the kids busy if mom and dad want to hit the slopes together, and lessons are also an option for little ones just learning to ski.