Panorama, British Columbia | RTX Traveler Magazine Issue 13 | Canada

Panorama overview

Panorama_0597_CMYKIt’s not a short drive to Panorama, but it’s a beautiful one. And once you arrive, park your car for the week and forget about it. This resort offers ski in and ski out access, meaning you can ski right up to your accommodations, a luxury that means true relaxation after an exhilarating day on the slopes. And at Panorama, they’ve got 4,000 vertical feet of fall line skiing in the pristine Purcell Mountains, with 3,000 acres of terrain ranging from backcountry powder bowls, to corduroy cruisers, to family friendly zones.

The adventure doesn’t end there. For those looking for the ultimate in first tracks, take advantage of the highest landings in the Canadian heli-ski industry with RK Heliski. Some days, landings at 11,000 feet are possible, meaning you start your run 3,000 feet above the tree line! After skiing epic powder all day, you’ll be happy to know you can kick your feet up back at the resort with Canada’s largest slope-side pools, on-mountain massage and spa, lively nightlife, and delicious restaurants steps away from your room.

The Resort

Located 3.5 hours from Calgary, west of the Rocky Mountain Trench in the Purcell Range, Panorama is a completely self-contained resort, known for its fall line skiing. The resort lives up to its name with jaw-dropping views all around, with iconic Mount Nelson standing tall over the village. The mountain has been described as a “perfectly shaped cone,” which skiers will delight in finding the perfect line to the bottom.

PANO_S2014_4258_RGBWant solitude? Embrace the pure Canadian wilderness here. There are nearly 3,000 acres to ski in Panorama, and with 3,000 people skiing the mountain on a busy day, that leaves a lot of fresh tracks to be plundered. Panorama’s location allows for the warm, westerly winds from the Pacific to create a moderate climate in the Kootenay Rockies. Cold arctic systems that sweep the prairies are blocked by the mountains. Snowy nights and sunny days around 23 degrees Fahrenheit are the norm at Panorama.

The four-season boutique resort is an intimate design, boasting unique dining experiences, hot tubs dotted throughout the property, shopping, pubs and cafés. RTX guests can choose from studio, one, two, or three bedroom condos, as well as a two bedroom lofts which sleeps eight in the Horsethief Lodge located in the lower village. Enjoy new memory foam mattresses on the sleeper sofas and new leather armchairs. There are four hot tubs to soak in after a long day, and guests also have access to the hot pool.

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About the Author

About the Author: Pat Barcas serves as staff writer and photographer for RTX Traveler Magazine, based in Asheville, NC. In his spare time he enjoys photography, astronomy, hiking, hanging out with his family and dog, and of course, traveling! His favorite RTX spots to visit are Orange Beach, Alabama, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, but he's visiting new places all the time. .

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