Panorama Mountain Village got its name for a reason. Go to the summit on a blue sky day, and the panoramic views are immense. That’s only one reason to head to Panorama in spring. Add the pools, spring carnival, and the long season, and you have a spring plan for many days of skiing.

From the summit of Panorama, three routes command big views of rugged British Columbia mountains. Ski View of 1,000 Peaks run for a face full of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, including the towering Mt. Assiniboine. Drop down Top of the World run to gaze at the closer Purcell Mountains. For those not ready for black diamonds, Get Me Down run yields big views north, too.

Panorama Mountain Village

From the summit at Panorama Mountain Village, View of 1,000 Peaks run is aptly named. Photo by Kyle Lane/Flickr.

After skiing, you can head to the après to fill up on beer, or soak yourself in several large outdoor pools. Two huge hot pools and one large warm pool provide places for lounging. They are available to anyone lodging at the resort.

Panorama BC Springs pools

Panorama's huge outdoor hot pools are one of the big village attractions. Photo courtesy of Panorama Mountain Resort.

Plan to hit the resort for its annual Spring Carnival, April 6-9, 2012. Family-friendly events pack out the weekend, including food and drink specials, live music, rail jams, costumes, and activities. You can get a three-night ski and stay package for Spring Carnival with rates starting at $114 per person per night.

The lifts at Panorama turn until mid-April, making for a season that runs a bit longer than other resorts. The last day for the 2011-12 season is scheduled for April 15.

To book reservations at Panorama Mountain Village, call 800-663-2929. Go here for more information.