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Snow report glossary
- Last snowed
- The date of the last snowfall.
- Fresh snow
- The depth of the last snowfall.
- Last 7 days
- The total snowfall reported over the last 7 days.
- Next 9 days
- The total amount of fresh snow predicted at mid-mountain level from our detailed 9 day forecast.
- Upper piste depth
- An indication of the snow depth on the upper prepared slopes.
- Lower piste depth
- An indication of the snow depth on the lower prepared slopes.
- Piste quality
- An indication of the general piste conditions on the open pistes.
- Resort runs
- An indication of the conditions on the lower, open runs back into the resort base.
- Off piste snow
- An indication of the general off piste conditions.
- Lifts open
- An indication of the number of lifts that are open out of the total number of lifts possible in this resort/ski area.
24 Mar 2017 13:22
|The best conditions can be found on the upper slopes|
|Last snowed||23 Mar 2017|
|Last 7 days||3cm|
|Next 9 days||16cm|
|Upper piste depth||160cm|
|Lower piste depth||74cm|
|Upper pistes||Packed powder|
|Off piste snow||Best up high|
|Lifts open||10 out of 10|
Weather forecast glossary
- The predicted weather for the afternoon period at mid-mountain level.
- Snow expected
- The predicted amount of snow.
- Maximum temperature
- The predicted maximum temperature for the afternoon period at mid-mountain level.
Snow & weather forecast
|A light covering of new snow, mostly falling on Sat afternoon. Freeze-thaw conditions (max 1°C on Mon afternoon, min -7°C on Sat night). Wind will be generally light.|
|Friday 24 March 2017
Cloudy and snowy today
|Saturday 25 March 2017|
5cm snow expected
-1°C max temp
|Sunday 26 March 2017|
1cm snow expected
-2°C max temp
|Monday 27 March 2017|
3cm snow expected
1°C max temp
Snow overview for Canada
Thursday 23rd of March was a varied day in terms of snow conditions in Canada, with a mix of fresh powder and spring conditions depending on the resort you were visiting.
Snow keeps on coming in Lake Louise (164/243cm) which got another 5cm overnight and had yet another superb days skiing today. Nearby Mount Norquay (68/92cm) was offering more spring conditions than anything else. Whistler (323cm) experienced a powder day today, with 20cm falling in the past 24 hours. Pockets of fresh powder could still be found in Marmot Basin (156cm) where conditions have been excellent recently.
Elsewhere, despite getting a dusting of new snow overnight, the slopes in Red Mountain (245cm) were still very much spring like. It was an identical picture in Silver Star (147/237cm).
Panorama is an interesting little resort, it turned out to be a great place for some total relaxation, some very tough skiing and many brilliant bacon sandwiches.
We stayed at the 5* Panorama Springs lodgings over the Pine Inn. We chose a studio, it was big enough, a king sized bed and king sized sofa bed with proper sprung mattress, good bathroom, full cooker, enormous fridge freezer, dishwasher with soap provided, good cable TV, very limited storage space and a gas fire. We had a balcony overlooking the hot tubs and the slopes, great views.
This was definitely ski-in, ski-out, about 25 paces plus two floors in the lift from the snow, and a very easy walk to the nursery areas. We found it very quiet, almost no noise from outside, despite staying over both Christmas and New Year. One wish, somewhere to dry ski boots, damp boots resulted in very cold feet.
The outdoor hot tubs were good, generally coping well with the cold. The deck was de-iced hourly making them reasonably safe in all the snow and ice. There was a very strict no alcohol policy, a group of lads were relieved of all of their beer within 2 minutes when they tried to take some in hidden in towels. We used the tubs most nights, they provided a good addition to the main après ski option of TV.
We had heard that the shop was limited in stock so planned to eat out most nights. This didn’t happen, we tried but the restaurant capacity didn’t cater for the numbers there over the holiday period. We ate one night in the Wildfire Grill, basic main courses for 3, a child’s main course plus 4 small glasses of house wine and a coke was $108, with a 10$ refund for the 90 minute wait for food.
We shopped on the Thursday we arrived and were quite pleased with the choice, except that the shop didn’t have room to stock meat and had very limited supplies, its purpose is to provide those things you can’t easily bring in by car, so plenty of choice of wine, beer, ice cream, ice cubes, milk, wraps, bread, jam, crisps plus smoked streaky bacon and a range of smoked cold meats.
We had also heard that there were some great mountain restaurants, and we tried the Summit Hut on Christmas Eve for some absolutely wonderful buffalo burgers. Good choice, because this hut was impossible to get into for the next 8 days, it was absolutely packed, all 3 tables were always full with a queue to the door. We tried Great Hall, much bigger, much colder but the same story, Cappuccino hut was just that, a tiny hut, we looked for the Greywolf BBQ which came recommended but this is now sushi, so we lunched in our 5* apartment for the rest of the week, bacon sandwiches and toast and jam. We tried Lusti’s for breakfast one day, but again it wasn’t coping with the numbers, so another opportunity for 5* bacon sandwiches.
We hadn’t gone just for the pools and the food, we wanted to ski too. First day we went to the top where there was a hint of sun, the bottom was in the shade of the mountain and the cloud of the snow makers. It takes 3 chair lifts to reach the top, generally under 30 minutes in total, but longer after the queues built up at the end of the week. There is a choice of runs down from the top, one blue path and the rest diamond or double diamond, there’s also a walk up the ridge to the Taynton bowl. The most popular routes down are Roy’s run and View of 1000 Peaks, both single diamond. Roy must have been Swiss, the run is full of randomly spaced bumps that were once moguls, but now resembled bars of Swiss chocolate, a very up and down ride. View of 1000 Peaks was fun, a well pisted, steep run with rollers in the middle and a challenging finish in a narrow, rocky gully (that reminds me, Lusti’s repairs skis, it’s absolutely excellent, $55 for an epoxy mend, base grind, edge and wax, ready for 9am). From View of 1000 Peaks you are on Founders Ridge, some great intermediate bumps around bushes with very few rocks, particularly McIntosh Way. We went for Heli High and Heli Face, going through severe warnings about needing to be excellent skiers, but still didn’t expect quite what we got. It was very steep powder in trees, a case of choose your own route and please don’t fall off the cliffs. Fun and scary, more manageable later in the week when there were signs that other skiers had been there before us.
There were some great runs here, Out Rider was always very well pisted, very steep for a green run, wide, empty and in good condition. A very short run named Detour near the bottom of this was startlingly steep and a good finish to a 2 minute blast down, unfortunately the very slow lift back up meant almost 20 minutes a circuit. We didn’t try many Doubles, we almost learned our lesson on Heli about jumping into the unknown, but we did finish the week with Cliff Glade, I nearly finished everything there, there are two obvious clues in the name, if very steep adventure in trees is your joy then Panorama will amaze and delight you all week.
The lifts, like the rest of the resort, are run by the youth of the world, very cheerful young men and women, all wearing badges with their name and home location, UK, Australia, NZ, Canada mainly. They will greet you each time you go to the lift and help you with endless patience, although unfortunately they haven’t been taught how to sweep snow off the seats so wet trousers are a local feature in a snowfall. The piste basher machines apparently are run by the local farmers, with more enthusiasm than success,
Panorama offers a ‘Mountain Friends’ program where you can join a group of your own ability for the morning or afternoon to ski the mountain with a number of friendly, knowledgeable guides. We had a great day on Boxing Day with the Friends and were introduced to Roy’s Run, Stump Farm, View of 1000 Peaks and Founders at quite startling speeds, very impressive. We went back the next afternoon, new guides, same runs but even faster. We went again, I had learned by now that by skiing in the trees beside Roy’s Run I could avoid the Toblerone bumps, but found out just how steep the run was when I fell and slid out of control all the way through the trees before finally stopping by dropping 10 feet onto the path. Next day we tried a variation of route taking in CFI (can’t find it, very aptly named) instead of Stump Farm. In all we skied 6 sessions with the Mountain Friends, meeting many people who wanted someone to ski with. There were generally at least 5 guides each day, taking up to 3 different levels of skiers. It’s got to be the best guiding service I have seen anywhere, and it’s all free, subsidised by the resort.
Panorama has so many plus points and good days, but it’s not missing its low points. Christmas week was cold, our priority was to keep warm, but it wasn’t the resort’s priority. The mile one quad runs alongside the ‘Showoff’ park and the resort was creating jumps, enveloping the already cold, shaded, slow and uncovered chair in a cloud of man made snow, turning it into a mile of complete hell. This went on all week until finally the snow cloud stopped and it opened on New Year’s Eve, unfortunately remaining empty as it’s an advanced level park and there was no-one except the course builders capable of using it. There is little for the new skiers and riders, a good long carpet first, then a wide nursery with a tow lift, complete with queue entirely across the bottom of the run, then it’s mile one hell and the resort recommended starting run – Stringer, an occasionally pisted, fast, bumpy run with an icy middle section, shared with the experts hurtling down from the double diamonds, alternatives are the very busy Horseshoe, the totally unpisted Powder Trail or the World Cup GS on the days that the race club aren’t using it. Finally there’s the 1970s built Toby chair and a nice little green run.
There’s a curious mix of lifts, a fast village gondola (like the Meribel buckets) , two new, detachable but slow quad chairs, a fixed quad, two older fixed chairs, a long very slow carpet , a baby carpet and a poma tow. Clearly the long lift queues of Christmas week don’t extend all season, but more, or at least faster, uphill capacity would be welcome in the busy periods.
For a resort with a good website there’s also a curious lack of information. There’s free wireless internet, but it’s intermittent and when working is still too slow to access the website usefully. There’s some information in the rooms but not much and it’s out of date. Guest services is staffed by the friendly world youth, but again lack of knowledge; there was a card in the room from ‘your room attendants’ telling us to contact them if we wanted anything – but no contact details and the lodging didn’t have any reception to ask. We found out on the last day that by dialling 0 for the central reception deep down in the woods we got some really great response, perhaps they could have told us about this earlier.
I don’t think we will go back, but I don’t regret going. We all came out in one piece despite a few near misses, our skiing of bumps certainly improved, we spent much less than our budget and also lost weight, not bad for a Christmas holiday.
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