Panorama Ski Resort, British Columbia

We arrived in Panorama Ski Resort in late February, after an evening drive from Calgary Airport via Canmore.  The temperature at 11pm was -28C, and had been colder on previous evenings.  The daytime temperatures were unusually cold for first few days, (sometimes -20C at the summit) however it warmed up to more pleasant temperatures after a few days.

Upper village

Situated in the Purcell Mountains, in southeastern British Columbia, Panorama has a ski-in, ski-out village at 1,150m .   The locals refer to the resort as being in a ‘doughnut’, the resort often having pleasant weather while it is snowing in the  surrounding mountains above. (Click any image to enlarge.)

 

Lower village

 

1000 Peaks Lodge

 

Village Gondola

As well as being linked by road, skiers can travel between the upper and lower village by gondola.

 

 

 

Roller Coaster Run

There are 10 lifts, and 120+  runs, some of which are very long.  The ski area has a vertical drop of over 1200m.    This year there was plenty of snow, with a settled base of 1.5m .

 

Showoff Run beside Mile 1 hi-speed lift, base buildings below

 

 

Sunbird Lift

 

Greywolf Golf Course for summertime activity

 

Summit Lift

The Summit Lift takes skiers to 2,375m, from where there are spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.

 

At the summit

 

Summit Hut

 

Glove warming in the Summit Hut

 

Paragliding off the ski slopes on a sunny day

Locals take advantage of calm days to take-off and land on the ski slopes.  There are also tandem paragliding rides available.

 

Paragliding after overnight snowfall

 

Chickadee

At this altitude there were not many birds to be seen at this time of the year, however this little bird landed in a tree just near our condominium.

 

Lights on for night skiing (Showoff slope)

 

Evening grooming  using a winch, on the Hay Fever Run

 

Whiteway at Lake Windermere

Lake Windermere is a 20 minute drive from Panorama. The town of Invermere is beside the lake, and we travelled there for food supplies.  Many workers at the resort live in the town.  Lake Windermere is situated at about 850m. The lake is in the Columbia Valley, between the Rocky Mountains and the Purcell Mountains. The shallow lake is about 17km long and 2km wide (really just a widening of the Columbia River), and at this time of the year is completely covered in thick ice. This winter was unusual in that the ice was very clear, and fish could be seen swimming under the ice. However when we were there, the ice was covered in snow.  The Whiteway is  34km of groomed tracks that circumnavigate the lake, for skiers and skaters.

 

Calgary

Our flight out from Calgary, at the end of our trip,  gave us a grand view of the central city and snow-covered prairies.  A city of over one million people, it is the centre of Canada’s oil industry.

 

Canadian Rockies

Our afternoon flight  gave opportunity to see vast mountainous areas as we flew from from Calgary to Vancouver.

 

Pitt Lake

About 40km east of Vancouver, we flew over Pitt Lake and surrounding mountain range, with its tarn on the right.

Click here for more information about Panorama Ski Resort.

 

 

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