West of Invermere in the Purcells, the Panorama ski area has 82 runs over 2,850 acres open to snowboarding. The summit is 4,000 feet above the village at 7,800, but you ve got to earn it -- it takes 4 lifts over 30 minutes to get there and the last two are T-bar rope tows. The name Panorama is well deserved with awesome views of the Canadian Rockies and the towering Purcells. From the summit, choose wisely since there are plenty of double black runs in the Extreme Dream Zone and Outback at Taynton Bowl. The latter Taynton Bowl is a 750 acre zone that was formerly hike-in only.
A word to the wise -- watch out for the numerous intermediate cat track traverses -- theyre actually flat and require hiking. Also, dont worry, that wasnt a mountain lion you saw in the glades -- just one of the many local lynx! FYI - dont bother coming out here unless theres a 50 base to cover the rocks.
Once you've exhausted the in-bounds terrain, there is also a heli-ski operation right at the base area, RK Heliski.
For lunch on the mountain, check out Elkhorn Hut for fondue. And, for apres ski, try Jack Pine Pub.
Overall, Panorama Mountain Village is the 2nd most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 27 snowboarding resorts in British Columbia.
Local Contacts: Panorama (250) 342-6941; British Columbia Visitors (800) 435-5622; Canadian Tourism (800) 577-2266
Best Season: Dec. - Mar.
Average Difficulty: Moderate
Base Camp: Invermere Best Western
Luxury Loding: Panorama Springs Lodge; Elkhorn Cabin (888) 767-7799; Radium Hot Springs Resort
Breakfast Restaurant: Lusti's; Cafe on 12th; Huckleberrys
Reference Source: click here http://www.panoramaresort.com/
GPS: 50.456404, -116.237726
Date Published: 12/31/2015
Date Updated: 12/20/2017
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