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Service 8 / 10
Overall: 78 / 100
  • Easy to orientate
  • Well groomed slopes
  • Enough parking at the base
  • Ski rental at the base
  • Lifts partly outdated

Outdated Lifts Meet Best-Groomed Slopes

Speaking of Canada and standards, Panorama Mountain is 100% Canadian standard. Obsolete, outdated ski lifts meet above-average friendly staff throughout the ski area. Whether it is the staff in the restaurants or at the lifts, everyone welcomes you friendly and engages you in conversation. In addition, there is not a single platter lift in the ski area, which allows Panorama to stand out from the mass of Canadian ski resorts. However, there is also no gondola which would ensure a pleasant ascent, especially on cold and windy days.

What's more is that signposting is great at Panorama, leading skiers both unexperienced and seasoned back into the valley without major orientation problems. Plus, the trail map for the 2017-18 winter season has been revised and updated to include the extension of Taynton Bowl. WiFi lovers, listen up: free WiFi is provided at least in Panorama's valley area – unfortunately, there is no such thing offered on-mountain.

During our visit in the middle of January, all slopes were well-groomed and thus perfectly skiable. Due to good fresh snow coverage, the Black Bowls were also open. Since the temperatures at that time were relatively low, snow was excellent until late in the afternoon, so we did not have to compete for hills as is the case with the Alps.

Ski-In/Ski-Out & Great Lodging

Ever heard of ski-in/ski-out resorts? Panorama seems to have had invented this kind of luxury skiing, as most of the accommodations are adjacent to the lifts and slopes and as parking spots are in close vicinity to the resort's base station. A local ski school, ski rental, numerous restaurants and shopping possibilities make for a great stay!

Great news: Panorama offers accommodation catering for all tastes and styles. From inexpensive hotel rooms and apartments with fireplaces to sophisticated brownstones, there is something for every budget. Overnight guests staying in the lower part of the ski village reach the valley station free of charge with the Village Gondola. Another highlight are the Panorama Springs Pools, which are also free of charge for overnight guests. So, yes, this is service at its best!

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