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Old 04-03-2012, 10:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Just returned from riding at Panorama. Overall it's a decent mountain with a lot of terrain but the conditions were marginal.The lower mountain was subjected to rain, wet snow and changing weather making it very crusty and choppy, anything that looked soft wasn't! It's mostly blue and black runs so I would say its not the best hill for novice riders that like blue/green cruisers, everything was tracked out, rough and choppy. The lift lines were long, they only have one quad from the base which seems stupid to me with the amount of people that come to this hill. I really didn't get the chance to ride the upper mountain because I was with my GF, but the little bit that I did it seems like there was some fun terrain. You can access some pretty sweet stuff right from the top quad, and if it wasn't so tracked out I would have gone back for a second day and stayed up there the whole time. For advanced riders that like steep runs, glades, drops and pillows there was ample terrain to play on but I would say wait for a good dump. The terrain park was a joke, the jumps were not maintained at all and the landings were way to mellow considering the insanely steep ramps they built. The funniest one I saw was a jump marked "M" that had enough vert to do a double cork off and then a 3 ft table to a 15 degree landing lol... who the hell built that! I can just imagine how many kids land on there backs off this from 8ft up. They only had about 4 boxes that were not too bad.

Summary - lots of terrain, steep and diverse but gets tracked out quickly. Definately a great place to ride after a storm and accessible back bowls from the top lift/short horzontal hike accross the ridge. Not a great place for beginners that want blue/green cruisers and the park is not worth the going into. Long lift lines!!
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Thanks for the review. I'd been debating about hitting it one of these days... Not a big fan of resorts with limited lifts though.

Did you hit any other hills on your trip?

Just looking at the weather for all the resorts around here, and Nakiska continues to be the only one in the sub-zero range for the next week or so. They're getting snow while the others are getting rained on!
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I rode Fairmont for a few hours mostly hitting their 30' flat box and 20' c-box. The hill was small but pretty fun for a beginner to ride for a day. Not a place anyone should ever drive to but since I was there and it wasn't snowing I figured I'd slide some rails. Got my FS boards to reg and fakie dialed. FS board on a c-box is one of the funnest jib tricks I have ever done. I'm reg and the box curled to rider left, perfect for FS board and FS lip. Back to the riding though, if Pano is getting snow I think you would enjoy it but this late in the year I think its just too warm.
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Just looking at the weather for all the resorts around here, and Nakiska continues to be the only one in the sub-zero range for the next week or so. They're getting snow while the others are getting rained on!
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That's what the weather network seems to think
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Yeah don't listen to them. The weather network uses Banff for it Sunshine Village forecast. The temp in town vs on hill is way different. Awesome conditions at the moment. We are going to do the dive and wild west tomorrow. should be sweeeeeeet! (Nuking outside as we speak!)
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Yeah don't listen to them. The weather network uses Banff for it Sunshine Village forecast. The temp in town vs on hill is way different. Awesome conditions at the moment. We are going to do the dive and wild west tomorrow. should be sweeeeeeet! (Nuking outside as we speak!)
Yeah just looked on LL, SV and Naks websites and it looks like LL and SV got about 13-15 cm and Nak got 10 yesterday, with more coming today. I'm hoping to head out tomorrow but might wait a day or two (building a sauna at the moment!)...

On the other hand this might be the last "nuking" weekend I get out to with all my RCR resorts closing on the 15th Can't wait to have the LL season pass next year!
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Just wanted to chime in and give my experiences in Panorama.

My fam and I have been visiting there since 2003, until 2009. The reason for stopping? From 2003 on until maybe 2005-6, the snow was awesome, with the lines manageable... For some reason though from 2006 ish, the snow just went downhill... It felt like most of the snow were man-made, and freezing cold. One good thing was that, the resort facilities (except for the shady inn) was improving.

It is pretty cheap though, compared to other resorts, but for the terrain, I would hit up elsewhere....
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