[R312R, Panorama Mountain Village] is not just for skiing. Sure the resort has 4,000 feet of vertical to challenge skiers and riders, but the village is also the place to leap into the backcountry via Nordic skis, snowshoes, dogsled, snowmobile, and helicopter.

The Greywolf Nordic Centre grooms 20 kilometers of trails for skate and classic skiers at the golf course. The center added snowshoes to its rental lineup this winter, so now you can rent skis or snowshoes to trek 2.5 miles into the Hale Hut. You can build a crackling fire for ambiance at the cabin, or just turn on the heater to get warm.

Adding speed to a Panorama vacation is easy via Toby Creek Adventures. The company guides snowmobile and dogsled tours into the Purcell Mountains. Visit the ruins of a mountaintop silver mining town circa 1900 via snowmobile, or learn how to mush your own dogsled team. You can even do a tour that combines both; more options available.

Those who want a little more elbow room to themselves and no lift lines can explore backcountry bowls with rk heliski. The helicopter departs from the village for tours that vary between three and five descents per day. The price varies, too, with the number of descents, so you can match the fun to your pocketbook.

Adventures at Panorama Mountain Village return you back in time for happy hour or soaking in the hot tub. You'll be recharged to hit the slopes again the next day.