It’s snow time

Ski resort ends busy summer season with promise of extra skiing.

Racers tearing up the track at one of the many bike races held at Panorama this summer.

Racers tearing up the track at one of the many bike races held at Panorama this summer.

Another bustling summer season has come and gone for Panorama Mountain Village.

Between hosting several provincial and a national mountain-bike races, adding a new cross-country trail and more, Panorama was a buzz with non-stop activity.

“We held several races last year as well, and added four new ones this year,” said Rick Jensen, President and CEO of Panorama.

“Hopefully we will continue to add events like this to provide more excitement for guests, and so that bikers who have not been to Panorama who are in the races can be here and see what we have to offer.”

A joint contest offered by Panorama and Rockstar Energy saw a new stunt fixture added to the bike trails as well, which pulled an excellent opening-day turn-out and garnered much use throughout the year.

As to whether Panorama will look into a similar endeavor next year, Jensen said, “I’m sure we will be. We may tweak it, but to make it even better.”

The new cross-country trail added this year also saw much use, and was a very popular feature this year, according to Jensen.

“We also had different events in the village and expanded our camps and programs for kids,” added Jensen.

With August a fleeting memory now, however, Panorama is looking to the anticipated ski season, with snow already sighted on the mountain-tops.

The ski hills will be open to the public on December 9, and the season will run until April 15, one week longer than usual.

“We always get so much snow at the end of the year, so we discussed it and decided to extend by a week,” explained Jensen.

“The official extension allows people to plan their trips appropriately and ahead of time as well.”

A tube park will be one of the many highlights of the new ski season, with three lanes being built.

“The tube park will be an exciting and fun addition to the mountain,” said Jensen.

New snow-making equipment has been purchased for the hills, and runs will be widened, extended, or both to optimize ski times.

The Pine Inn, located near the T-Bar and Wildfire Restaurant, will be under renovations this year as well to welcome guests to all-new rooms and refined lodgings once completed.

“We’ll also be holding new activities and one festival a month,” said Jensen. “We’re always expanding on how we can add to the guests’ visit and provide an experience like no other.”