Panorama Mountain Village, now under new ownership after the resort was purchased from Intrawest last February, has new plans. The resort intends to make big changes in upcoming years, but is launching this season with several incremental changes, including season passes being offered at lower rates.

The new owners of Panorama, the majority of which own local property, are a group of shareholders from around the world. They've decided to reinvest all of the profit from this next decade back into the resort, which will include installing a new quad servicing beginner terrain and a new residential development within a couple years. Smaller changes are starting this year.

"Guests can expect a real increase in guest satisfaction," Rick Jensen, president and CEO, told OnTheSnow. "Our goal is to deliver an exceptional experience and turn Panorama into a vibrant, dynamic resort."

Destination skiers and snowboarders will see the first change at the Calgary Airport, where shuttles will transport visitors 3.5 hours to the resort. Shuttles, which used to run on a limited schedule, now run two times daily throughout the entire winter season.

Slope changes this winter at Panorama include a tripling of the night skiing terrain. Additional lights will give night skiers and riders a mile-long run on Showoff, accessed by Mile 1 Quad. Night skiing, available seven days a week until 9 p.m., will be included in day or afternoon lift tickets. A night-only ticket costs $19. Another 10 hectares of glades off View of 1,000 Peaks will service advanced skiers while the Rockstar Terrain Park will move to Powder Trail and a skier cross course will be constructed.

Locals will find a change in season passes this fall. The resort is running its early bird sale until Oct. 11. This year's adult season pass sale price at $699 CAN runs $100 less than last year.

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