Ski­ing in Panorama, Canada

Adventure - - Contents - Words by Lynne Dick­in­son

While most of New Zealand was smoul­der­ing un­der the in­tense heat wave of late Jan­uary, we trav­elled half­way around the world in search of a colder cli­mate. It has been a balmy 27 de­grees as we left Auck­land and quite some hours later ar­rived in Cal­gary to mi­nus 20 de­grees. Apart from the in­sult of the tem­per­a­ture shock we re­ceived a few strange looks as our group wan­dered through the air­port in our shorts and t-shirts.

Our home for the next three weeks was Panorama, a quin­tes­sen­tial ski re­sort tucked in the foot of the Pur­cell Moun­tain range in Bri­tish Columbia, a mere four-hour shut­tle drive from Cal­gary. If you do this drive in the day, you’ll be re­warded with spec­tac­u­lar scenery as you drive through Banff Na­tional Park on your way to the re­sort. The first im­pres­sion of Panorama is hard to de­scribe with­out sound­ing cliched… The vil­lage is blan­keted in deep snow and fairy lights flicker off build­ings and trees cre­at­ing that fairy-tale set­ting. This was our sec­ond visit to Panorama, we had been pre­vi­ously over 7 years ago, and we were equally as blown away this time as the first. The vil­lage of Panorama is based at the foot of the main ski runs and is the hub where the restau­rants are based and the ac­com­mo­da­tions that of­fer ski in/ski out fa­cil­i­ties are right there, mean­ing you don’t have to drive or carry your skis any dis­tance to get to that first chair­lift... Our group were split be­tween two ho­tels, Panorama Springs and 1000 Peaks Sum­mit. Both of­fered fully equipped kitchens, gas fires and ac­cess to their own hot springs and only a few me­ters from the first chair.

Im­ages by Steve Dick­in­son

The ter­rain park over­looks Panorama Vil­lage

Fresh tracks even af­ter four days

The view of the hot pools from our ho­tel room

The view from Elkhorn Cafe

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