With the Rocky Mountains towering to one side and the Purcell Mountains to the other, the aptly named Panorama Mountain Resort was built for the view. It’s also the perfect place to catch the last and best of Canada’s Rocky Mountain lifestyle this late winter and early spring. Apart from skiing, the Panorama resort has a stellar calendar of events and activities for the whole family.
For starters, the resort has three on-mountain huts and boasts the first snowcat food truck in Canada.
“I love sitting on the decks and soaking in the sun,” says Steve Paccagnan, a ski dad as well as the president and chief executive officer of Panorama. He describes the skiing as “soft and buttery” with spectacular views.
“It’s truly is panoramic,” Paccagnan says. “In the spring, especially when the sun is out, you can really smell the pine trees. It’s magical.”
The resort’s new Alto Kitchen and Bar, led by executive chef Vincent Stufano, joins the array of dining available, including the Snowlicious Mobile Kitchen serving up meals that can be eaten with mittens, because “everything has to be able to be eaten with mittens on,” says Clarissa Amaro, a marketing specialist for the resort. “And it has the cheapest beer on the mountain.”
A brew with a view, then, if you must.
The jewels in the culinary crown, however, are the ‘heli-fondue’ tour, a helicopter ride over the resort to a warming hut on the summit, where you’ll enjoy drinks and fondue, of course; and the alpine hut-to-hut raclette, where participants take the last lift up to a warming hut on the mountain to enjoy the traditional Swiss fried cheese dish. Watch the sunset and then ski down with only a headlamp and the light of the moon to guide you.
Panorama offers 139 runs and expert off-piste terrain at its 304-hectare Taynton Bowl with available snowcat shuttle to its farthest reaches. There are specialized spring break snow school programs and one of the top 10 verticals in North America, at 1,300 metres.
An outdoor concert series and some serious après-ski events round out a visit to Panorama, open until April 12.
All accommodations are ski-in, ski-out and the slope-side hot pools — the largest on-mountain outdoor hot pools in Canada — as well as hot tubs and sauna are accessible to all overnight guests.
“With those sunnier, longer days, you get to do a lot more once you get off the slopes,” Amaro says.
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