Panorama, BC - March 2012
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!!