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March 24, 2014 - 40 CM: Panorama Mountain Village to Stay Open Until April 20th - Longest Winter Season in 14 years

Resort offers 30 percent discounts on online lodging for Spring and Easter Holiday long weekend

March 24, 2014 – Panorama, BC. Panorama Mountain Village has declared its longest winter since the 2000/2001 season with skiing and riding available until April 20th. To celebrate, Panorama has introduced new lodging deals, events and activities to cater to all visitors.

Panorama took a chance with Mother Nature by deciding at the start of the season to stay open two weeks longer than recent years. Luck is on the mountain resort’s side as it is currently experiencing excellent conditions with 200cm received in 40 days, bringing the season total to 453cm of snow.

“We’re really excited about these extra two weeks,” said Jamie Hurschler, marketing and media specialist at Panorama Mountain Village. “The conditions in Taynton Bowl are fantastic and the mountain’s snow coverage, top to bottom, is excellent. We’ve scheduled more events and activities to make the most of the long spring ski season.”

The resort also offers a Slopeside Value Package that includes lodging and a lift ticket. From $83 per person, per night the resort is offering affordable ski-in / ski-out accommodation at the value oriented Pine Inn. “We believe that guests cannot get closer to the chairlift for this price anywhere in western Canada,” said Hurschler.

Panorama is unveiling an array of entertainment, activities and events during its first ever Superhero Sunfest weekend from April 4-6. Participants in the Peak to Valley Challenge that weekend will descend the full height of the mountain from the summit to the base in support of the Branch Out Neurological Foundation. Canadian recording artists WiL and Shaun Verreault of Wide Mouth Mason fame are also performing at Panorama on April 5.

“Spring is officially here but winter keeps on giving. The contrast between Calgary and the mountain is incredible. Everything at Panorama is buried deep in snow with exceptional skiing on all terrain,” said Marke Dickson, sales and marketing director. “I hope that skis and boards aren’t packed away too soon. With powder up high, spring snow down low, top-class entertainment and fun events, this late season will certainly be a great season.”

Panorama will embrace warm spring skiing conditions this year with its first-ever Hawaiian Luau celebration. On Saturday March 29 and Sunday 30 the Hawaiian themed carnival will feature live music at the T-Bar that includes the high-energy folk band Shred Kelly. Children can attend art classes dedicated to learning how to make leis and lanterns.

For the April 11 – 13 weekend, Panorama has announced it will hold a Spring Carnival featuring the Syndicate Rail Jam, the U14 Alberta Finals Ski Race, Jive Party at T-Bar and a Wine Proprietors Dinner at Grey’s Restaurant featuring Black Hills Estate Winery.

For its closing weekend April 18 – 20, Panorama is holding Easter Celebrations with an egg hunt, egg decorations and fun and games for the kids. All 9 lifts are currently open at Panorama as well as 24 groomed runs and 119/120 trails.

Kari Medig

Photo caption: Enjoying the sun and snow at Panorama’s summit.
Photo credit: Kari Medig


For more information on the Superhero Sunfest click here.
To access Panorama Mountain Village’s media kit, please click here.

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Adobe Acrobat DocumentMarch 24, 2014 - Open Until April 20
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Please contact Panorama media representative:

Scott Henderson, dHz Media Inc.
403.921.2001
scott.henderson@dhzmedia.com

Crystal DeCnodder, dHz Media Inc.
403.870.3434
crystal.decnodder@dhzmedia.com

About Panorama Mountain Village Inc.
Situated along the scenic Powder Highway and only a three-hour drive from The Calgary International Airport or 90 minutes from the Canadian Rockies Airport in Cranbrook, BC, Panorama offers 2,847 acres of skiable terrain and 120 trails. With a 4000-foot vertical from the top of the mountain, ski and snowboard enthusiasts enjoy wide-open fall-line cruisers to powder-filled tree lines and the steep and deep exhilaration in Taynton Bowl. Panorama Mountain Village is a four-season resort that offers skiing, golf, mountain bike park and an abundance of recreational activities.

February 26, 2014 - 40 CM: Panorama Mountain Village Launches First Ever Superhero Sunfest

Superhero weekend sees new fundraising opportunity for the Branch Out Neurological Foundation.

February 26, 2014. Panorama, B.C. Panorama is unveiling an array of entertainment, activities and events during its first ever Superhero Sunfest weekend from April 4-6. To celebrate spring skiing at Panorama, the weekend is superhero themed and features the return of the Peak to Valley charity race.

Guests are invited to dress up as their favourite superhero character as they enjoy the slopes and revelry in costume. The weekend is called the ‘Sunfest’ for a reason as skiers have the chance to layer down and enjoy moderate temperatures on the mountain along with great entertainment.

“This will likely be the first time of the year you can comfortably have a drink on a lounge chair at the Summit Hut in your t-shirt,” said Marke Dickson, director of sales and marketing at Panorama. “People tend to vacation at a much more leisurely pace. They wait to take to the slopes until after the sun has worked its magic and softened the snow into spring corn. It becomes less about trying to get in run after run of skiing and more about enjoying the warmth of the spring sun.”

On Saturday morning, Panorama is hosting the Peak to Valley Challenge in support of the Branch Out Neurological Foundation. Branch Out Neurological Foundation exists to cure the 600+ diseases of the nervous system that affect nearly 20% of the world's population. The charity is familiar with Panorama as it is hosting the 4th Annual Branch Out Bike Tour this summer that is already sold out with 300 participants.

The Peak to Valley Challenge involves descending the full height of the mountain from the summit to the base and carving around 180 giant slalom style race gates. Participants try not to stop and push through the leg burning sensation as the try to make it down all of Panorama’s 4,000 vertical feet. The challenge is less about high speed and more about stamina. Participants of all ages can enter as teams or individuals and will be competing for prizes.

Registration for the challenge includes a banquet dinner and is $100 per person and teams are made up of four people. To sign up and receive more information on the Branch Out Foundation see: http://branchoutfoundation.com/peak-to-valley-challenge.

Also happening during the Superhero Sunfest is the Easy Rider Snowboard Cup program presented by Burton Snowboards. Only for snowboarders, riders of all abilities are encouraged to enter. The 27th Annual Easy Rider Cup weekend is built around having fun and snowboarder camaraderie. The main event is a banked slalom that takes riders through a laid-back terrain course filled with berms, rollers and small jumps which will take place on Saturday and Sunday. The $25 registration fee includes participation in all of the scheduled events.

”It’s not every day you get the chance to snap a selfie as Super Man or whoever you chose to be, on a ski run,” said Jamie Hurschler, marketing & media specialist at Panorama. “Adults and children alike can embrace the fun nature of this weekend.”

Events will be held at the base of the mountain with entertainment throughout the days and evenings, including live music, non-stop tunes at the Great Hall and a superhero party at the T-Bar. The village also offers Canada’s largest slopeside hot pools for overnight guests.

This year Panorama will be open for spring skiing until April 20th. Value season pricing will be in effect from March 31st with a 1-day adult lift ticket costing http://www.panoramaresort.com/all-accommodation/$75. To book your stay, visit


Photo caption: Superheroes fly in to Panorama for the Superhero Sunfest.
Photo credit: Panorama Mountain Village


For more information on the Superhero Sunfest click here.
To access Panorama Mountain Village’s media kit, please click here.

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Adobe Acrobat DocumentFebruary 26, 2014 - Superhero Sunfest
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Please contact Panorama media representative:

Scott Henderson, dHz Media Inc.
403.921.2001
scott.henderson@dhzmedia.com

Crystal DeCnodder, dHz Media Inc.
403.870.3434
crystal.decnodder@dhzmedia.com

About Panorama Mountain Village Inc.
Situated along the scenic Powder Highway and only a three-hour drive from The Calgary International Airport or 90 minutes from the Canadian Rockies Airport in Cranbrook, BC, Panorama offers 2,847 acres of skiable terrain and 120 trails. With a 4000-foot vertical from the top of the mountain, ski and snowboard enthusiasts enjoy wide-open fall-line cruisers to powder-filled tree lines and the steep and deep exhilaration in Taynton Bowl. Panorama Mountain Village is a four-season resort that offers skiing, golf, mountain bike park and an abundance of recreational activities.

February 12, 2014 - 40 CM: Biggest Overnight Snowfall in 10 years at Panorama

Snow still coming down as winter storm blankets resort for Family Day Weekend

February 12, 2014. More than 40cm of light, dry powder dumped on Panorama Mountain Village overnight on Tuesday the 11th. Snow continues to fall heavily and much more is forecast in the next few days.

Panorama’s Director of Sales and Marketing, Marke Dickson says, “It’s amazing the difference 12-hours can make. Suddenly we’re riding the deep powder of a once in a decade snowfall. Looking back at the records this is the heaviest overnight fall in the village in years and conditions will be supreme for Family Day and beyond”.

“If you have friends with a house in the Columbia Valley, now is the time to buy them a beer,” Dickson continues, “Slopeside accommodation at Panorama is sold-out for this Saturday and Sunday night of the Family Day Weekend, but there are still great options available in Invermere and Radium Hot Springs. There are outstanding lift and lodging deals on the mountain for next week too.”

In celebration of the snow, Panorama Mountain Village is running a 55 Dollar Lift and Lodging Sale. Skiers can book any condo on the resort for $55 per person, per night and add lift tickets for only $55 too. The sale is for stays from Monday, February the 17th through until April the 20th, including spring break.

All lift tickets at Panorama are all–inclusive and valid for downhill skiing and riding plus unlimited tubing, tobogganing, night skiing, and cross-country skiing. The resort is putting on a fireworks display in the village on the evening of Saturday February 15th.

Panorama has 2,847 acres of skiable terrain with a vertical drop of 1225 meters. 75% of the runs suitable for beginners or intermediates and the resort features 9 lifts. USA Today recently included Panorama in the world’s Top Ten List of Hot Pools at Ski Resorts for its legendary slopeside hot pools – the largest in Canada. The ski resort is 18 km west of Invermere, BC and 308 km west of Calgary, Alberta.

For more information call 1.800.663.2929 or visit skipanorama.com.

Jamie Hurschler

Photo caption: Skier impressed by magnitude of recent snowfall.
Photo credit: Panorama Mountain Village

Jamie Hurschler

Photo caption: Panorama receives 40cm of snowfall overnight
Photo credit: Panorama Mountain Village

To access Panorama Mountain Village’s media kit, please click here.

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Please contact Panorama media representative:

Scott Henderson, dHz Media Inc.
403.921.2001
scott.henderson@dhzmedia.com

Crystal DeCnodder, dHz Media Inc.
403.870.3434
crystal.decnodder@dhzmedia.com

About Panorama Mountain Village Inc.
Situated along the scenic Powder Highway and only a three-hour drive from The Calgary International Airport or 90 minutes from the Canadian Rockies Airport in Cranbrook, BC, Panorama offers 2,847 acres of skiable terrain and 120 trails. With a 4000-foot vertical from the top of the mountain, ski and snowboard enthusiasts enjoy wide-open fall-line cruisers to powder-filled tree lines and the steep and deep exhilaration in Taynton Bowl. Panorama Mountain Village is a four-season resort that offers skiing, golf, mountain bike park and an abundance of recreational activities.

February 06, 2014 - Panorama Nearly Sold Out For Alberta Family Day Weekend

Resort launches new offer for remainder of the season.

February 6, 2014. Panorama Mountain Village announced today that the destination in BC’s Kootenay Rockies is nearly sold out and expected to completely sell out for Alberta Family Day weekend. The resort has seen an increase in bookings that can be attributed to three factors.

To help Albertans celebrate Family Day on February 17, Panorama has introduced a Family Day Flex package that offers discounts on lift tickets and lodging. This package is different from the typical offer from other ski resort accommodators. This flexible package allows the guest to take control of their vacation and create their own package instead of forcing them into pre-built offers. The result is a savings of up to 15% for guests over this peak vacation period. Guests can also receive additional discounts when bundling rentals, lessons, dining and childcare with their Flex Package.

“Our new Family Day Flex package put the guest back in the driver seat and allows them to bundle their own Panorama getaway,” says Marke Dickson, Panorama’s Sales and Marketing Director.

Secondly, and new for this winter, all lift tickets at Panorama benefit the guest with the resort’s all–inclusive PanoPass valid for downhill skiing and riding plus unlimited tubing, tobogganing, night skiing, and cross-country skiing.  The resort is putting on a fireworks display in the village on the evening of Saturday February 15th.

“The Alberta Family Day Weekend is now one of our most celebrated weekends in February and we are excited to offer Albertans the only all-inclusive lift pass in the region,” continues Dickson. “Parents won’t feel the need to repeatedly reach for their wallets to meet the demands of their child’s activity appetite. The PanoPass is a mixed bag of fun that allows families to embrace their winter vacation.”

Panorama also has an extensive snowmaking system that guarantees skiers fantastic ski conditions all winter. The resort believes that its consistent, quality snow surface puts families at ease with the knowledge that they’ll always ski great conditions at Panorama.

For families that can not make it to the ski resort on Family Day Weekend, Panorama has just launched the Double-Up package that offers 2 nights free when they book 2 nights or 3 nights free when they book 3 nights. Packages must be booked before February 10 and are valid for stays up to April 20, 2014 (excluding February 14th-22nd). Free nights must be booked Sunday to Thursday.

Dickson continues, "A four night stay for the price of two, what better reason for Albertans to take a couple of extra days off, get out of town and on the mountain? Crisp, clear winter weather has been perfect for snowmaking and snow quality resulting in ski conditions at Panorama that are some of the best in Western Canada. Machine made snow lasts longer and wears better than natural snow; this will allow us to stay open right through to April the 20th regardless of what Mother Nature delivers in the days ahead".

Panorama has 2,847 acres of skiable terrain with a vertical drop of 1225 meters. 75% of the runs suitable for beginners or intermediates and the resort features 9 lifts. USA Today recently included Panorama in the world’s Top Ten List of Hot Pools at Ski Resorts for its legendary slopeside hot pools – the largest in Canada. The ski resort is 18 km west of Invermere, BC and 308 km west of Calgary, Alberta.

For more information on Panorama Mountain Village’s new package:
http://www.panoramaresort.com/double-up/

To access Panorama Mountain Village’s media kit, please click here.

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Adobe Acrobat DocumentFebruary 6, 2014 - Panorama Nearly Sold Out For Alberta Family Day Weekend
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Please contact Panorama media representative:

Scott Henderson, dHz Media Inc.
403.921.2001
scott.henderson@dhzmedia.com

Crystal DeCnodder, dHz Media Inc.
403.870.3434
crystal.decnodder@dhzmedia.com

About Panorama Mountain Village Inc.
Situated along the scenic Powder Highway and only a three-hour drive from The Calgary International Airport or 90 minutes from the Canadian Rockies Airport in Cranbrook, BC, Panorama offers 2,847 acres of skiable terrain and 120 trails. With a 4000-foot vertical from the top of the mountain, ski and snowboard enthusiasts enjoy wide-open fall-line cruisers to powder-filled tree lines and the steep and deep exhilaration in Taynton Bowl. Panorama Mountain Village is a four-season resort that offers skiing, golf, mountain bike park and an abundance of recreational activities.

January 07, 2014 - $3 Million Quad Chairlift and Snowmaking Expansion at Panorama Mountain

Mountain enhancements set for opening day of 2014/15 winter season.

Panorama, B.C. –  January 07, 2014 – Panorama Mountain Village Inc. announced today that it’s installing a state-of-the-art Doppelmayr Eco-Drive quad chairlift, which will be ready for the first day of the 2014/2015 ski season. Construction will begin in April.

The new fixed grip quad is the sixth chairlift in Panorama’s fleet and will service terrain ideal for novice to intermediate skiers. The lift connects riders from the base of the mountain to wide and gentle trails like Ski Tip Way and Stringer. It will also enhance the ski-in/ski-out flexibility of Trappers Ridge, Panorama’s newest residential neighborhood.

Doppelmayr will oversee and complete the installation on behalf of Panorama Mountain Village. The chair boasts an uphill capacity of 1500 people per hour with a length of 788 metres (2,585 feet) and a vertical rise of 163 metres (535 feet).

“This is the first significant new infrastructure on the mountain in more than 10 years,” says Steve Paccagnan, President and CEO of Panorama Mountain Village, “In addition to the installation of the quad chair, we’re also improving the current novice ski zone. The overall result will be a space perfect for young families and novice skiers with terrain that’s all about progressive learning and fun in the snow. The next phase will see the development of a first-class learning centre.”

The chairlift will be ideal for summer activities as well. Paccagnan notes, “The new lift opens endless opportunities to enhance our summer operation. We’re looking at downhill and cross-country mountain bike terrain, rope courses, zip lines and unique wedding venues.”

Additionally Panorama Mountain Village will expand its modern snowmaking system to cover the area serviced by the new chairlift. The machine-made snow will ensure perfect coverage through the long winter season.

“This is just one of many exciting developments underway at the resort. The new Greywolf Golf Course clubhouse opens in summer and Phase 1 of the Trappers Ridge residential subdivision is already 80% sold. There’s real momentum here, it’s an exciting time to be at Panorama,” Paccagnan said.

 

For more information on Panorama Mountain Village please click here.
Panorama’s Online Media Kit is available here.

 

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Adobe Acrobat DocumentJanuary 7, 2014 - $3 Million Quad Chairlift and Snowmaking Expansion
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Please contact Panorama media representative:

Scott Henderson, dHz Media Inc.
403.921.2001
scott.henderson@dhzmedia.com

Crystal DeCnodder, dHz Media Inc.
403.870.3434
crystal.decnodder@dhzmedia.com

About Panorama Mountain Village Inc.

Panorama Mountain Village is a locally owned, year-round resort in Southeastern BC. Named 2011’s “Mountain Resort of the Year” by the BC Alpine Association, Panorama’s owners are committed to creating the best family-focused mountain resort in Canada. For more information, visit www.panoramaresort.com

December 11, 2013- Sales Success Stuns Valley as Panorama sells 80% of New Community

$7 million in recreational property has been sold in six months at Trappers Ridge in Panorama Mountain Village

Panorama, B.C. –  December 11, 2013 – Steve Paccagnan, CEO of Panorama Mountain Village (PMV) announced today that its new community, Trappers Ridge, has sold $7.14 million in new homes in the last six months. 17 homes from the first phase of 21 homes have been sold since the sales centre opened earlier this year.

“This is a significant economic indicator that it is starting to pick up in the Columbia Valley. Trappers Ridge is very popular and in demand. We’ve seen remarkable sales with 80 per cent of home sites already sold. Deep servicing was completed in spring of this year and construction on the first home will start in 2014,” says Paccagnan.

According to the BC Real Estate Association’s quarterly report released October 2013, active MLS listings in the Kootenays are down by four per cent over last year, but Trappers Ridge is leading the Valley with positive sales growth. The $20 million development is designed for lifestyle lovers and skiers who want slopeside access.

Paccagnan says that homebuyers, especially Calgarians, are excited about Trappers Ridge because there’s no other affordable quality ski-in ski-out development like it at Panorama Mountain Village. Owners at Trappers Ridge can purchase a lot and new home from $459,000. Average prices at Panorama Mountain Village for other single-family dwelling homes range from $650,000 to $2 million

New Dawn Developments is one of the reasons Trappers Ridge is so popular. “New Dawn has the track record as the preferred builder in several mountain communities throughout the BC Rockies,” says Paccagnan.

Chad Jensen, President, New Dawn Developments, says, “The design of the homes has been popular but it's the mountain resort that is really driving sales. Panorama Mountain Village is known for being a great year round mountain resort and buyers really want the luxury of a ski-in ski-out recreational home.”

Panorama Mountain Village has over 2,847 acres of skiable terrain, a 4000-foot vertical from the top of the mountain, backcountry style runs in the Taynton Bowl, and the largest slope side pools in Canada.

Paccagnan says that Trappers Ridge homebuyers are primarily from Calgary and other parts of Alberta, “Calgarians love Panorama and are excited they can now afford to own a quality second home at Trappers Ridge at a good price.”

*Housing forecast for the Kootenays 

  • The inventory of homes for sale in the Kootenays remains relatively high and active listings are down nearly four per cent this year.
  • However, Alberta, a large source of Kootenay buyers, is posting strong economic growth and Alberta’s influence is expected to moderate the impact of slow growth in the Kootenays this year.
  • The Kootenays remains in buyer’s market territory, which typically means little upward pressure on home prices.
  • BC’s economy is expected to expand more rapidly in 2014, with employment rising closer to the long-term average. As a result, MLS® residential sales are forecast to increase a further 2.9 per cent next year

*Source: BC Real Estate Association’s Quarterly Report October 2013

More information on Trappers Ridge.
Panorama’s Online Media Kit is available here.

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Adobe Acrobat DocumentDecember 11, 2013 - Sales Success of Trappers Ridge Stuns Valley
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Please contact Panorama media representative:

Scott Henderson, dHz Media Inc.
403.921.2001
scott.henderson@dhzmedia.com

Crystal DeCnodder, dHz Media Inc.
403.870.3434
crystal.decnodder@dhzmedia.com

About Panorama Mountain Village Inc.

Panorama Mountain Village is a locally owned, year-round resort in Southeastern BC. Named 2011’s “Mountain Resort of the Year” by the BC Alpine Association, Panorama’s owners are committed to creating the best family-focused mountain resort in Canada. For more information, visit www.panoramaresort.com

December 3, 2013- Panorama Mountain Village Opens Friday for the 2013-2014 Ski Season

Experience fresh powder, 4000 feet of vertical terrain open, and a one-of-a-kind ‘Ski with the Pros’ opportunity.

Panorama, B.C. –  December 3, 2013 – With 27 centimeters of fresh powder on the summit in the past 48 hours, and only three sleeps counting down until the mountain at Panorama Mountain Village officially opens to the public, excitement and energy in the resort village is 1000 Peaks high. The mountain resort will welcome winter enthusiasts of all kinds to enjoy the slopes beginning December 6, 2013.

“Opening day on the mountain is always a blast. We love to see the first groups of skiers and snowboarders head out early for their first run of the season,’ says Jamie Hurschler, Marketing Communications, Panorama. “We’re planning to open the mountain’s full 4000 vertical feet of terrain and about 75 of the 120 trails. We expect to have open portions of Taynton Bowl, Extreme Dream Zone, Schober’s Dream, Sun Bowl, Founder’s Ridge and the Beginner Area.”

Tremendous preparation is required to create a course that meets the requirements set forth by FIS. These requirements ensure the safety of the participants and exemplify the challenges elite Olympic athletes strive to master.

Panorama continues to introduce upgrades to the mountain, particularly in the Taynton Bowl, where even the most experienced Panorama veteran is sure to discover a new experience on the slopes this winter. Savvy skiers will take advantage of Panorama’s ‘Mountain Friend’ service this weekend and learn what’s new on the slopes with a free, guided tour of the mountain’s best terrain and powder. Guests looking to connect with a guide should gather at the ski racks at the base of the Mile 1 Quad. The free service runs twice daily at 10:00 am and 1:30 pm.

For individuals looking to improve their ski skills and challenge themselves on the slopes right off the bat, Panorama is also offering their annual ‘Ski with the Pros’ program, a 3 day course pairing intermediate to advanced skiers with the top professional CSIA Level 4 ski instructors from across Western Canada. The series kicks off with a wine and cheese “meet and greet” on Friday evening and over the duration of the weekend, participants will move through six on mountain sessions designed to improve their confidence and technical skills on the slopes.

Jason Simpson, Director of the Panorama Snow School notes, “We’re looking forward to opening day on the mountain. With our ‘Ski with the Pros’ program we can challenge your skills and help push your comfort zone to the next level. The program will introduce you to the best slopes at Panorama and give you the best skill foundation for immediate results.”

Panorama’s Online Media Kit is available here.

For information on Panorama’s ‘Ski with the Pros’ program click here.

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Please contact Panorama media representative:

Scott Henderson, dHz Media Inc.
403.921.2001
scott.henderson@dhzmedia.com

About Panorama Mountain Village Inc.

Panorama Mountain Village is a locally owned, year-round resort in Southeastern BC. Named 2011’s “Mountain Resort of the Year” by the BC Alpine Association, Panorama’s owners are committed to creating the best family-focused mountain resort in Canada. For more information, visit www.panoramaresort.com

October 28, 2013- New Alpine race course at Panorama has 800 metre vertical drop

International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Cup begins at Panorama in January 2014

Panorama, B.C. –  October 28, 2013 – Panorama Mountain Village will host the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Cup commencing January 8, 2014 and is building a new downhill race course at its mountain. The 10-day competition features Alpine Paralympic athletes who will journey to Panorama from around the globe and begin training on the mountain mid-November, 2013.

Earlier this year, the International Ski Federation (Fédération Internationale de Ski - FIS) approved plans to build the downhill race course at Panorama. With an 800 metre vertical drop, it is the first speed course with this level of technicality built in Canada to support international competition and will be used by provincial, national and international athletes for both training and racing.

Tremendous preparation is required to create a course that meets the requirements set forth by FIS. These requirements ensure the safety of the participants and exemplify the challenges elite Olympic athletes strive to master.

Panorama's downhill track is divided into 3 sections. The top third features a section where athletes may reach speeds greater than 120 km/h. The mid-section features greater technical challenges, slowing the athletes to approximately 80 km/h with a large, swooping turn to reduce speed. During the last leg of the race, athletes will once again increase speeds, likely surpassing 120 km/h. A new timing cable has been installed along the full length of the track, which has the ability to track the athletes’ speed at any point during the race.

While the technical aspects of the race are important to create a world-class race course for the athletes, safety is also a critical factor in this event, says Patrick Gillespie, Race and Mountain Events Manager at Panorama. “We’ve already accomplished quite a bit designing this course. We’re widening the track, removing trees, filling holes and setting up air bags and safety netting. The idea is to make the course as safe and as challenging as possible without changing the characteristics of the mountain.”

A larger staging area has been developed to accommodate IPC athletes using wheelchairs and other personal transport devices. In terms of snow conditions and grading of the run, Panorama is bringing in additional grooming equipment to ensure firm consistency and identical conditions for the athletes whether they are first or last out the gate.

The race course incorporates several Panorama ski runs, most notably, Roller Coaster, Skyline, and Old Timer.

For more information about IPC Alpine skiing visit www.paralympic.org/alpine-skiing

For more information about FIS please visit www.fis-ski.com

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Please contact Panorama media representative:
Scott Henderson, dHz Media Inc.
403.921.2001
scott.henderson@dhzmedia.com

About Panorama Mountain Village Inc.

Panorama Mountain Village is a locally owned, year-round resort in Southeastern BC. Named 2011’s “Mountain Resort of the Year” by the BC Alpine Association, Panorama’s owners are committed to creating the best family-focused mountain resort in Canada. For more information, visit www.panoramaresort.com

October 9, 2013- Panorama Mountain Village Announces All-Inclusive ‘PanoPass’ with New Flex Package

New 2013-2014 All-Inclusive Style Lift Pass Creates Flexible Winter Vacation.

Panorama, B.C. –  October 9, 2013 – Panorama Mountain Village announced today, their new, all-inclusive style‘PanoPass’ lift tickets, can be combined with their brand new ‘Flex Package’. The ahead of the curve ‘Flex Package’gives winter enthusiasts the flexibility to design their ideal winter vacation at Panorama.

Ski industry accommodators traditionally dictate the combination of ski days to night stays. This winter at Panorama guests can choose the number of days they want to ski and the number of nights they want to stay in Panorama accommodations without the two having to match. A per day/ per night scaling discount is then applied to both the accommodations and the lift tickets, when booked together. In some instances, guests can save up to 30% on the total cost of slope-side lodging and individual lift tickets.

“We understand guests might not want to ski everyday they are here,” explains spokesperson Jamie Hurschler. “The Winter Flex Package was created to address this need. Guests can now choose to skip a day on the slopes to relax or try one of the other great activities that Panorama has to offer such as a snowmobile tour.”

The ‘PanoPass’ gives anyone with a valid lift ticket for the day unlimited skiing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing, as well as tubing, tobogganing and access to night skiing available on certain runs. In addition, season pass holders also receive special discounts at select ski resorts across Canada, as well as preferred accommodation rates and snow school perks, when proof of purchase is presented

“There’s a feeling of momentum in the mountains right now and Panorama is leading the way,” says Marke Dickson, director of marketing and sales. Everywhere I look things are happening: preparations for a new chairlift, a new multimillion dollar clubhouse at Greywolf, home building in a new ski-in / ski-out community. All these developments are focused on improving the experience of our guest. Add new Flex Packaging and PanoPass with the incredible value it offers, and you have a family mountain vacation that’s simply the best.”

Winter recreationists interested in purchasing a season’s pass at Panorama can take advantage of the Early Bird Sale until October 16th, 2013.

Panorama Mountain Village is a destination, ski and golf resort village located in British Columbia. Panorama is a 3 hour drive from Calgary International Airport and features over 120 ski-runs with terrain for skiers and snowboarders of all levels.

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Please contact Panorama media representative:
Scott Henderson, dHz Media Inc.
403.921.2001
scott.henderson@dhzmedia.com

About Panorama Mountain Village Inc.

Panorama Mountain Village is a locally owned, year-round resort in Southeastern BC. Named 2011’s “Mountain Resort of the Year” by the BC Alpine Association, Panorama’s owners are committed to creating the best family-focused mountain resort in Canada. For more information, visit www.panoramaresort.com

October 7, 2013- Panorama announces new President & CEO

Panorama, B.C. –  October 7, 2013 – Panorama Mountain Village and their Board of Directors are extremely pleased to announce today that Steve Paccagnan will join the resort effective November 4, 2013 as the new President and CEO reporting to the Board of Directors.

As President and CEO of Panorama Mountain Village since the property was acquired in early 2010, Rick Jensen significantly improved the guest experience and built an enviable employee culture in addition to initiating a number of large-scale projects for future development. Steve will continue that momentum and bring the resort to the next level.

Steve has over 25 years of experience at numerous mountain resorts, both here in North America and internationally. He holds a Diploma in Resort Operations and Ski Area Management, an Advanced Graduate Diploma in Business Strategy and a Master of Business Administration. Most recently Steve was the President & CEO of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden BC and previously was with Intrawest Resorts as the Vice President & General Manager of Copper Mountain in Colorado, Mont Ste-Marie in Quebec and Director of Lodging at Panorama Mountain Village in BC.

When asked about taking on this new role Steve had this to say "I’m excited to be joining this dynamic team, Panorama is an established and iconic Canadian resort in an amazing lake/mountain community with tremendous new potential. Panorama is also where I was fortunate to have started my career and passion for the resort business in the World Class mountains of Invermere, BC, this is an opportunity to come back and work with amazing people who share the same passion for Panorama's future."

In the heart of the Purcell Mountains, Panorama Mountain Village is the most complete ski-in ski-out resort in the Rockies region with skiing, snowboarding, cross-country and heli-skiing available. Nine lifts service the massive 4,000 vertical feet and close to 3,000 acres of skiable terrain.

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About Panorama Mountain Village Inc.

Panorama Mountain Village is a locally owned, year-round resort in Southeastern BC. Named 2011’s “Mountain Resort of the Year” by the BC Alpine Association, Panorama’s owners are committed to creating the best family-focused mountain resort in Canada. For more information, visit www.panoramaresort.com

October 5, 2013- Panorama launches multi-million dollar real estate project

Rick Jensen to head resort development and appoints Steve Paccagnan to lead operations

Panorama, B.C. –  October 5, 2013 – Panorama Mountain Village announced today the launch of Trappers Ridge, a new slope side neighbourhood of single-family homes.

In addition, Panorama announced that Steve Paccagnan will join the resort on November 4, 2013 as the new President and CEO, while Rick Jensen vacates the role to head up real estate development at the mountain village.

As President and CEO of Panorama Mountain Village since the property was acquired in early 2010, Rick Jensen significantly improved the guest experience and built an enviable employee culture but with a number of large-scale projects on the drawing board he has decided to refocus on real estate and development.

Rick Jensen said, “We’ve created a strong family-focused playground and now we’re ready to take it to the next level starting with the Trappers Ridge development. Panorama is one of the few resorts expanding right now and Trappers Ridge offers full ownership of a slope side home at prices most in the second home market can handle.”

Real estate developments at Panorama offer affordable slope side living and will eventually comprise of 750 new housing units with an estimated value at full build out of more than $350 million. The first phase features 21 home sites starting at $169,900 and buyers can build an entire home for as low as $435,000, including lot price with no strata fees. Before Trappers Ridge, single-family homes at Panorama averaged $650,000 to $2 million

Homeowners can ski-in and ski-out close to their doorsteps. Walking and bike trails combined with a quiet road from the Village makes all weather access to the new homes pleasurable. Homeowners at Trappers Ridge can participate in the rental pool to defray costs and make their investment work for them when absent.

“Panorama Mountain Village has the land to double the size of the resort and elevate it to a position among the very best vacation destinations,” said Rick Jensen. “I’m really excited about the new neighbourhoods we’ll build, as well as a village with more shopping, dining and outdoor experiences.”

Regarding the appointment of Steve Paccagnan as President and CEO of Panorama, Jensen said, “We are extremely fortunate to find someone with Steve’s resort operations background to lead the already strong management team. He has a wealth of experience across the resort spectrum and will drive growth.”

Paccagnan has many years experience in mountain resort operations having worked for resorts in British Columbia, Quebec and Colorado.

In the heart of the Purcell Mountains, Panorama Mountain Village is the most complete ski-in ski-out resort in the Rockies region with skiing, snowboarding, cross country and heliskiing available. Nine lifts service the massive 4,000 vertical feet and close to 3,000 acres of skiable terrain.

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Scott Henderson, dHz Media Inc.
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About Panorama Mountain Village Inc.

Panorama Mountain Village is a locally owned, year-round resort in Southeastern BC. Named 2011’s “Mountain Resort of the Year” by the BC Alpine Association, Panorama’s owners are committed to creating the best family-focused mountain resort in Canada. For more information, visit www.panoramaresort.com

 

May 30, 2013 - Panorama to host 2013 Canadian Downhill Mountain Bike Championships

 

Resort prepares for signature event.

Panorama, B.C. –  May 30, 2013 – Panorama Mountain Village welcomes back the Canadian Downhill Mountain Bike Championships on July 13-14, 2013.

This will be the third time in the last four summers the resort has held this exciting downhill mountain bike race. The organizing body for the race is Cycling Canada and is governed by Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). Racers compete for the famous and sought-after ‘Red and White Jersey’, awarded to the Canadian Champion.

The resort has hosted both downhill and cross country races from the local level to national. Panorama’s Bike Park opened originally in the summer of 2002.

“This year’s event will be bigger and better than last year’s Canada Cup. We want to make Panorama’s Downhill Mountain Bike Championships a must do for the best downhill mountain bikers in Canada. We have an outstanding venue here and are improving our trails every year”, said Patrick Gillespie, Panorama’s Race and Mountain Events Manager.

“Panorama Mountain is becoming the go-to spot for downhill mountain biking in Canada. The famous course and bike park are well-suited to the challenge of crowning a Canadian champion” said Nicholas Vipond, Manager of Domestic Events for Cycling Canada.

This race will also award the top rider with UCI points. In order to compete for the chance to become the Canadian champion, additional eligibility rules are instituted for this race. All riders must already hold a UCI/Cycling Canada license and either be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, landed immigrant or have refugee status.

As the snow is melting quickly at Panorama, the trail crew is making preparations for the race and the start to the summer mountain bike season. The Panorama Bike Park opens Friday June 28, 2013 with the Mile 1 Quad operating between 10am and 5pm.

More information about mountain biking at Panorama and specifics on the races this summer, including sign up information, can be found at http://www.panoramaresort.com/BikeRaces.

The downhill mountain bike race is only one of many activities available at Panorama this summer. The resort offers a variety of activities from sightseeing chairlift rides, to a Fun Zone for kids, to the award winning Greywolf Golf Course.

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Jamie Hurschler
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media@panoramaresort.com

About Panorama Mountain Village Inc.

Panorama Mountain Village is a locally owned, year-round resort in Southeastern BC. Named 2011’s “Mountain Resort of the Year” by the BC Alpine Association, Panorama’s owners are committed to creating the best family-focused mountain resort in Canada. For more information, visit www.panoramaresort.com

March 5, 2013 - 2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships to be held at Panorama

Panorama Mountain Village to play host to para-athletes from around the world

Panorama, B.C.– March 5, 2013 – The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) recently announced Panorama Mountain Village will host the 2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships. The announcement came following the successful 2013 World Championships in La Molina, Spain.
 
The seventh edition of the IPC World Championships will be the second time Panorama has hosted an IPC World Cup. “The IPC World Cup Finals hosted at Panorama in March 2012 were a huge success.” states Rick Jensen, Panorama President and CEO. “We are absolutely thrilled to be welcoming back the para-athletes from around the world!”

Xavier Gonzalez, IPC Chief Executive Officer, said: “I am proud to announce Panorama/Invermere as the host city for the 2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships following the great Paralympic Winter Games that Canada put on nearly three years ago and last year’s World Cup final.”

Canadian competitors are excited that the World Championships will take place at Panorama. Alexandra Starker, Canadian three-time bronze medallist in La Molina, said: “I’m really looking forward to the Championships, as the slopes of British Columbia are where I grew up skiing.”

Viviane Forest, winner of one silver and one bronze for Canada, added: “It’s always an honour to have a major championship in your home country, and hopefully we can attract lots of people to come and cheer for us. The home support is always huge for athletes. I remember in Vancouver just to hear the home crowd and see people so into it was amazing.”

The alpine skiing competition, consisting of 5 races (Downhill, Super-G, Super Combined, Giant Slalom and Slalom), will see male and female athletes with a physical disability compete in three categories based on their functional ability. A results calculation system allows athletes with different impairments to compete against each other. Athletes with physical disabilities use equipment adapted to their needs including single ski, sit-ski or orthopaedic aids. Skiers with blindness/visual impairment are guided through the course by sighted skiers who use voice signals to direct them.

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Please contact Panorama media representative:
Jamie Hurschler
250.341.4194
media@panoramaresort.com

About Panorama Mountain Village Inc.

Panorama Mountain Village is a locally owned, year-round resort in Southeastern BC. Named 2011’s “Mountain Resort of the Year” by the BC Alpine Association, Panorama’s owners are committed to creating the best family-focused mountain resort in Canada. For more information, visit www.panoramaresort.com

March 5, 2013 - Exciting Future Ahead for Greywolf Golf Course

Commitment to the player experience will be forefront.

Panorama, B.C.– March 5, 2013 – An exciting future lies ahead as Panorama Mountain Village finalizes full ownership transfer of the award winning Greywolf Golf Course at Panorama Mountain Village to Totem Golf Ltd. With completion of the purchase, Totem Golf Ltd. has announced a renewed focus on customer service and released plans for a new clubhouse to be open in 2014.

The values of Totem Golf Ltd. are centered on offering exceptional course conditions, maintaining a consistent pace of play, and creating a phenomenal golfing experience that both appeals to and challenges golfers of every level.

Totem Golf Ltd. plans to build a new Clubhouse scheduled for construction in the fall of 2013. Club and cart storage and full service locker rooms are included in the plans, along with an expanded Pro Shop and dining facilities.

"We welcome Totem Golf Ltd. and the addition of a General Manager, Head Professional & Superintendent to Panorama." states Rick Jensen, President & CEO of Panorama Mountain Village. "We are excited about working closely with the Totem Golf team and continuing to offer our guests an exceptional experience on and off the course."

Greywolf is rated among Canada’s Top 25 courses per Score Golf magazine and is home to “Cliffhanger” one of the most dramatic par 3 holes in the world. Summer golf packages are now available through Panorama Mountain Village.

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Please contact Panorama media representative:

Jamie Hurschler.

250.341.4194

media@panoramaresort.com

About Panorama Mountain Village Inc.

Panorama Mountain Village is a locally owned, year-round resort in Southeastern BC. Named 2011’s “Mountain Resort of the Year” by the BC Alpine Association, Panorama’s owners are committed to creating the best family-focused mountain resort in Canada. For more information, visit www.panoramaresort.com

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