Panorama: Gateway to Big-Mountain Skiing
Panorama Mountain Resort is where Lustenberger grew up skiing—and an ideal place to start taking on-mountain skills to the next level.
Dry snow and 1,300 vertical metres (4,265 vertical feet) of manicured avenues set the stage. Between the pistes, glading delivers a tree-skiing learner’s bonanza. “There’s a freedom in there, but the right sense of exhilaration,” says Jason Simpson, Panorama’s Director of Mountain Sports. “And there’s lots of opportunity to move off the runs into the trees and then back again.”
Taynton Bowl’s 304-hectare (750-acre) expanse is the place to step up to steeps. “It shows all double black on the map but there are ways to access it that feel very blue,” Simpson says. Plus boosts from a snowcat cost just $15 per ride.
Near Panorama’s base is RK Heliski—a great entry point into the most coveted of BC’s signature snowsports experiences, helicopter skiing. RK Heliski has been providing powder skiing and snowboarding adventures for more than 50 years; offerings include single-day experiences appropriate for first-timers (30 per cent of RK Heliski’s customer base). Those wanting more focused preparation can take a Prep lesson at Panorama Mountain Resort before undertaking a heli adventure with RK Heliski.