Long Long Runs, No Crowds!, Convenient Village
Low Snowfall, Lack of Grooming, Nightlife
Just returned from a quick midweek jaunt to Panorama and the place is awesome! Slope-side lodging in the Pine Inn was an unbeatable value (be sure not to lodge in the "Hostel" side!). The mountain has incredibly long vertical and consistent pitch. The backside runs will scare most anyone. We scored the backside after it had been closed for a week with about 3ft of snowfall and it was some of the best skiing I have done in years. The snow-pack can be sketchy at best so be prepared for some thin spots and rocks poking out. I haven't been to Panorama in about 10 years and I seem to remember much more grooming. I know that they have new owners this year and maybe they are trying to save some money but they would be well served to return to the days of yore and groom much more of the mountain nightly. The replacement of the old t-bars with new chairs is a welcome addition. For some reason the area formerly known as Canadian Bowl has been removed from the trail map and made into a permanently closed area which is too bad as this was a great area to ski. The restaurants were quite good albeit expensive but that is to be expected at a slope-side village. The Earl Grey Bed and Breakfast had some great apres-ski specials and is not to be missed, what a view! In summation I'd say to watch the snow and go if and when Panorama is getting hammered as you'll be rewarded with a massive mountain completely devoid of crowds, with unbeatable scenery and friendly people.