Fun Without Fear: Signpost Panorama

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Vitals

2,847 skiable acres; 4,000 vertical feet; summit elevation 7,800 feet; 187 annual inches; nine lifts. Tickets: adults $45 (approximately); teens $38; juniors (7-12) $20; children (6 and under) $10.

Lodging

There are three types of accommodation in the village. Simple hotel rooms at the Pine Inn, located above the day lodge at the base of the lifts, start at $169 for doubles. Condo units with full kitchens and underground parking begin at $249 for studios with direct access to the slopes. Semi-detached town homes in the lower part of the village run $289 per night for a two-room unit. (Panorama Central Reservations, 800-663-2929; panoramaresort.com)

Dining

Options in the base village are limited. The Starbird (205-341-3054) presents family-style dining in a relaxed setting, while more sophisticated European-inspired dining can be found at Ferrari's on Toby Creek (250-341-3056). Hearty carnivorous fare is on offer fireside at the Heli-Plex Restaurant (800-661-6060). A wider range of options can be found in Invermere, a 12-mile ride away on the resort's free shuttle bus.

Après-Ski

If you're looking for a plate of wings, a pitcher of local microbrew and a convivial crowd, T's Bar & Grill (250-341-3055) is the place.

Don't Miss Panorama's signature adventure: a day in the big powder with R.K. Heli-Ski. Approximately $500 per day. (800-661-6060; rkheliski.com)

Getting There Panorama lies 180 miles west of Calgary, about a three-and-a-half-hour drive. The resort runs a shuttle to and from the airport. Cost: $125 round trip, per person. (800-663-2929)

Information 800-663-2929; panorama-resort.com

NOVEMBER 2004