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The ski terrain at Panorama has practically doubled in size in recent years, making it one of the largest ski areas in Canada. It already had a 1219 metre vertical on offer the highest in the Banff Canadian Rockies Region and one of the largest in North America. The Intrawest vision is of breathtaking scenery surrounding an intimate mountain village, with doorstep skiing for all ability levels.
Panorama's newest expansion, Taynton Bowl, has made the resort into one of the largest ski resorts in Canada and the addition of two new quads last season gets skiers and riders into this former heli-skiing terrain with ease and speed.
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The bowl features over 700 acres of back country style naturally gladed skiing. The East-facing bowl normally captures exceptional snowfall throughout the season. Acquired from the local Heli-Ski company based at Panorama the area was brought into the recreational boundary with access off the Summit lift with skiing out over 5 km (3 miles) to the village. The main chutes are over 1,700 feet (520m) vertical feet descent.
Long-time local skier Bruce Hamstead who hails from Austria says, "I compare Taynton with China Bowl at Vail and the Jackson Hobacks." The New Millennium Trail provides 2 km of excellent fall terrain starting at the top of the Horizon Chair running all the way to the Sunbird Chair.
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Despite all these 'hardcore' attractions, Panorama caters for all abilities with long groomed cruising slopes ideal for beginners and a first rate ski school, 'Show Off' and 'Horseshoe' trails are especially popular. The School of Skiing and Snowboarding (SOS) at Panorama Mountain Village offers excellent service and was voted the best ski school in Canada two years in a row by Ski Canada Magazine.
The ski school also offers powder, bumps or freestyle clinics to take advantage of Panorama's best terrain. Women only instruction is on offer dubbed "chicks on sticks" sessions for women of similar abilities. The emphasis is on having fun, socialising and making new friends as well as improving skiing and boarding skills. Each weekly session begins or ends with a social event such as lunch, wine tasting, a cooking demonstration or group dinner.
The Greywolf Beckie Scott Nordic Centre offers 20 km of groomed cross-country trails. The Nordic clubhouse has knowledgeable staff, rental equipment, waxing service, lessons and refreshments.
For freestyle enthusiasts Panorama's two terrain parks are the place to be for safe and progressive jam sessions. Experienced riders will find multiple tabletops, kickers, spines, rails and fun boxes. The newwer park covers the entire length o Powder Trail off the Mile One quad.
There is an FIS regulation halfpipe in the Hoggflats area by the Toby Chair accessible during night skiing.
Panorama has authentically Canadian après ski. Soak in the giant slopeside hot pools, dine at the Heli-Plex with other guests and the heli-guides, Crazyhorse Saloon for big time fun and great food, or dance the night away at the on-mountain Glacier Nightclub. For a magical après experience, meet at the mountain-top Summit Hut at the end of the day to enjoy a hot cheese fondue with wine as the sun sets against a craggy Purcell Mountain backdrop. Afterward, ski down the mountain with a guide.
The Trapper's Cabin Wagon Ride and Chili Cookout is a popular family activity. After a moonlit tour along Toby Creek the wagon returns to the stables where a roaring campfire, piping hot chili, marshmallow roasting, hot chocolate, a beautiful view of Panorama Mountain Village and entertainment await.
Winter activities include snowshoe excursions, dog sledding, tubing, a village ice rink, snowmobiling, ice fishing, horse drawn wagon rides and 'cowboy cookouts', and mountaintop fondues
Panorama also offers use of the slopeside Panorama Springs Hot Pools for all lodging guests. Toby Creek Massage offers a range of therapies including Swedish massage, reflexology, hot stone massage and aromatherapy in 25 to 55 minute sessions.
A day excursion is also an option to ski at nearby Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, soak at the natural Radium Hot Springs, or shop and browse quaint shops and galleries in Invermere on the Lake.
Panorama's choice of restaurants has increased greatly in recent years. On-mountain glide by the Summit Hut for a latte and a bratwurst. The Elkhorn Cabin is another good choice.
After a day on the slopes try the Wildfire Grill for casual and contemporary cuisine; Chopper's Landing is also good for casual family dining. For aquick bite try the PicBNic Deli, Mile High Pizza, Great Hall cafeteria or Lusti's.
You can also opt to catch Panorama's "Dinner Bus" running throughout the week for excursions to nearby Invermere on the Lake where additional options like Strand's Old House, Black Forest Restaurant, Lakeside Pub and Angus McToogle's.