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Panorama To Bring More Steeps With Snowcats

Panorama-Cover Panorama's custom-built snowcat gets ready to bring skiers and riders to more terrain next season. (Panorama Mountain Resort/Facebook)

Powderhounds who revel in the host of off-piste black-diamonds at British Columbia's Panorama Mountain Resort will be carving up new terrain next season.

Some 130 acres that were outside the ropes in the Taynton Bowl area will become part of Panorama's extensive hike-to and snowcat-served terrain for the 2020-2021 season. Raising the Western Canada's resort's total vert to more than 4,200 feet, the new area -- which was previously heli-ski only -- will be patrolled and hook up to the Taynton Trail return route to the base.

A 13-passenger snowcat will stand ready to bring experts and advanced skiers and riders to the new terrain for $15 a ride -- or cheaper with multiple trips. The new steeps will pitch down a sparsely treed circque that has been hike-to terrain. They will push the viewers' left boundary farther into so-called "monster terrain" next to equally as precipitous trails with names like The Monster, Get Out!, Spectre, Ridgeback and Wild Thing that were added to the trail map for 2019-2020 season.

With the expansion, the resort that is three hours' drive from Calgary will have a bit more than 3,000 acres of patrolled terrain.

This second-phase expansion at Panorama is part of a plan by resort's independent ownership to add a total of 500 acres to the skiing and riding on the mountain, which has quickly mature from a locals' hill to major player in British Columbia's Powder Highway of big mountains.







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