- Overall Rating 5
- Family Friendly 0
- All-Mtn. Terrain 5
- Terrain Park 0
- Nightlife 0
Date Visited: May 10, 2008
Panorama is a bit isolated. I came up from Kimberly to the south, a nice drive. There are shuttle busses from Banff. That is a spectacular drive.
Panorama has a reputation for not as good snow as some other resorts. I was lucky. A significant snowfall a couple of days before I arrived in late March. You could see occasional evidence that without that snowfall, it would have been quite crusty.
I had one day of skiing here. It was a weekday with no lines and runs to yourself. It is hard to argue with over 4000 feet of vertical. Two high speed quads then unfortunately a slow chair to get to the top. The views from the top are spectacular, amazing and incredible. And a nice little mini restaurant with a fireplace at the top to warm up if needed.
If you want diamonds and steep moguls, this is the place. Loads of these including many double diamonds. Incredible. Nice cruising runs as well and the lower area has quite long greens for beginners.
It could be easy to miss the runs under Sunbird chair that are well worth it. The chair is slow though.
This place is big. I didn't even have time to go to the extreme dream zone. But Taynton Bowl is a double diamond dream. But.....get ready to sling your skis over your shoulder and walk/climb along Outback Ridge to get to many of the runs. An interesting experience once. A time and energy waster after that. The Heli-High part does bypass the walk. Also at the bottom of the bowl is a long ski out type run and you have to go all the way to the bottom. In need of a chairlift at Taynton Bowl.
Overall, a place not to miss.