Panorama Mountain Village is two hours south of Banff on the west side of the Continental Divide, which separates Alberta from British Columbia. Just think about the massive snowfall from clouds trying to rise over the Divide. British Columbians figure they get the best of the winter deal.Panorama is now one of the Canadian Rockies' premier winter vacation destinations. With the addition of ski terrain, high-speed lifts, restaurants, giant slopeside hot pools, accommodations and a village gondola, life is looking pretty good on the western slope of the Rockies. The resort has almost 3,000 patrolled acres, including bowls, backcountry terrain in Taynton Bowl, the gladed Extreme Dream Zone, terrain parks and an FIS-regulation halfpipe. Panorama is known for its high percentage of intermediate, advanced and expert runs and, since everything is below treeline, it has an abundance of glade skiing. At the very top, the Summit Hut and Taynton Takeout wait for you to enjoy the 'view of a thousand peaks.' First-time visitors can learn their way around with a free guide service.