Written by Arlys on 16 Jun, 2003
We absolutely loved our timeshare week at Panorama Mountain Village in late-July 2002.
Arrived on a Sunday afternoon, after getting groceries at a supermarket in Cranbrook on the way up. . .from the state of MT. Check-in went easily, and we were directed to…Read More
We absolutely loved our timeshare week at Panorama Mountain Village in late-July 2002.
Arrived on a Sunday afternoon, after getting groceries at a supermarket in Cranbrook on the way up. . .from the state of MT. Check-in went easily, and we were directed to our unit in the Horsethief Lodge.
Parking is underground, and we were pleased to have that. In fact, we heard it is "heated" underground parking. Nice during the winter months, I''m sure! It is rather a "tight squeeze" getting in there, a bit cramped -- but you get used to it. We were pleased, too, that ours was an "end unit" townhouse.
My husband and I started unloading our van and were taking our luggage up the many narrow steps to our unit, when a neighbor called out, "Can we help you with those?" He promptly instructed his daughter and boyfriend to come over and give us a hand. They came and helped us carry all of our belongings in, and we really appreciated that a lot! I must also say they were very friendly, very warm!
We found a pretty standard two-bedroom unit. First, I should say that not only were there a lot of narrow steps on the outside to get to the entrance of our unit -- after opening the door, there was another long stairway -- with 15 or so steps to climb on the inside!!
There was a fireplace in the living room, television, VCR, a nice couch, and a couple of chairs. Lamps, of course. It was a nice "front room" . . . also a nice balcony to go out on -- had great views of the grounds of the lodge from that balcony! About as far as the eye could see -- in both directions! Lighted up nicely at night -- which made it very attractive!
The full kitchen was on the same level as the living room. It had a dishwasher, microwave, and everything we could need for the week! We did have a few meals there. There was a "bar" between the kitchen and dining room area. Dining table and chairs very nice, and this area was open to the living room . . . we appreciated the "spacious" feel this brought to the unit!
There was a rather small bathroom on this level, too.
Still more steps up to the bedrooms and master bathroom! The bathroom was like at the top of the stairs. The master bedroom was pleasant, had a double bed, a dresser, end tables, lamps, and a clock radio . . . I HOPE my memory on the latter is correct!! The second bedroom was comfortable looking, had twin beds.
The unit did not have a washer and dryer. There was a laundry room in the vast underground parking "parkade", which had coin-operated machines.
The first thing we did after moving in, was to take the resort''s gondola up the mountain -- a one-half mile ride! We were looking for a place to eat, and we found it at the "Starbird" restaurant. . .at the top of the mountain!
We found that there were many more accommodations up on that mountain, namely, the "Panorama Lodge". . .and a couple of great swimming pools that were really being occupied! ! ! After all, it was July! The pools are named the "Panorama Springs Pools". . .we did enjoy them one warm evening during the week. There are quite some lovely mountain views from up there! You can go further up the mountain --I know there''s something "significant/momentous" to visit if you go on the ride to the very top - we didn''t get that in, however.
The "Welcome Reception" was held outdoors on Monday evening beginning at 5:30. It was held at picnic tables pretty close to where those pools were! Chips and soft drinks were offered. The speaker was very informative about things to do during your stay!
There are a few little shops in that same area, as well as a pizza place. . .just down from the Starbird restaurant. It was a fun - and rather large, and casual - "eating establishment"!
Tuesday morning was the "Informational Meeting" about all the trails there are in the mountains. We learned a bit about animal life here, from the speaker - there''s lots of it! LOTS of birds, deer, bears!
My husband played tennis two mornings during our week with a man who came over from another resort. He was very glad that, "somebody else was looking for someone to play with"!
There are many activities that one can participate in while here. . .there''s a lot of rafting on the rivers -- and they come with varying price tags!
A real highlight of our week was the Wednesday evening cook-out we attended at a nearby ranch. It''s offered through the resort. We ate outdoors at a long picnic table with guys and gals who had ridden in on horseback. It was fun meeting them, and the hosts were very cordial to us, too, very friendly! The cooks! ! It lasted about 1-1/2 hours. We got a few pictures, as the riders mounted their horses and "rode off to who-knows-where"! This event was pretty reasonably priced, we thought. You can ride a horse to it, if you want to -- it costs less if you walk or drive your car.
Radium Hot Springs is just a few miles away, and Invermere is a lovely little town at the bottom of the mountain -- otherwise known as "Invermere-On-The-Lake"! A lovely lake there, a very pretty setting! Invermere has a neat little downtown, with some unique shopping opportunities. We found a used bookstore where we had use of a computer - and got on line - for a small charge.
It was an easy check-out the day we left Panorama. . .and were off to have our first visit to Banff National Park. We headed north through Radium Hot Springs and Kootenay National Park. The trees are dense in Kootenay! We were on the lookout for deer, elk, and moose -- but weren''t lucky in seeing any!
Canada''s Rocky Mountains were gorgeous, had snow on their tops! We had heard about the beauty of Banff Park and Lake Louise -- in the province of Alberta -- and we were anxious to see for ourselves! We were not disappointed in the slightest! Took a few pictures and bought a few postcards. . .of this beautiful place on the map -- before taking our leave!
Written by kamryn on 30 Jan, 2003
Well we arrived in the dark, but the bright and cheerful attendants at the front desk were fabulous. We got settled in and we had a studio unit for each of us, my mother and I in one and my uncle and aunt in…Read More
Well we arrived in the dark, but the bright and cheerful attendants at the front desk were fabulous. We got settled in and we had a studio unit for each of us, my mother and I in one and my uncle and aunt in the other.
When we got into the units, WOW! They had a separate area for living, dining and kitchen, and it had full kitchen. We had 4 closets, ample space for 4 people. We had pull-out sofa which I slept on and it was very comfortable -- surprising for a pull out -- and my mom's bed was a murphy bed.
The units were just newly renovated we had fresh paint, carpet, bedding, linens and furniture fron Ikea, in both units. In fact, all the units had been upgraded.
On Saturday morning my mother and I got up early and it was absolutely beautiful. On the mountain they were making snow and you could see the China and Canadian and France ski teams coming down the mountain.
The ski hill is great as well. Both my cousins are racers and they said the triple black diamond runs are awesome -- I'm more of a crazy carpet girl, however, and declined the invitation to go down!
The properties right around the resort had to be million dollar homes!
A fantastic perk were the outdoor hot pools, not only located right outside our door, but also a huge one up at the hotel. The ammenities were super!
All in all a have to say I had a great time. While there my uncle and aunt bought a timeshare and I can't wait to take my family back there to visit!!
Written by Kathleen White on 06 Mar, 2004
My first trip to Panorama was in 1976. I was a 16-year-old beginner skier and my father was at a conference in nearby Fairmont Hot Springs. I was born and raised in the Kootenays, but in a non-skiing family. This was the first…Read More
My first trip to Panorama was in 1976. I was a 16-year-old beginner skier and my father was at a conference in nearby Fairmont Hot Springs. I was born and raised in the Kootenays, but in a non-skiing family. This was the first time I was on a large hill alone, without the high school ski club. Big adventure. . .
My next experience at Panorama was one of envy. In 1980, I took a year off from university and was working wherever I could to earn enough for a trip to Europe. I was hired by Kootenay Elevator Services to assist this one-man firm in completing the installation of the elevators in the new hotel at Panorma. Ski season opened as I gazed in envy at the slopes while grabbing a quick lunch before continuing hauling 20kg sacks to load to the freight elevator for its load testing.
Flash forward to 1987. I have now graduated from university, have my first real job as an engineer, and can afford a vacation. Since moving to Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1986, I have been missing my mountains. I saw an ad in the paper for a one-week studio rental at Panorama and decided to take it. . .
During this rental, I took the opportunity to visit the RCI timeshare condos and decided to purchase a week. Since then, I have used my timeshare (the last week of high season, usually the first week of April, when there’s excellent spring skiing) many times, sharing the experience with friends from Manitoba, Ontario, and BC, and most recently with my husband Dave. He didn't quite know what he was getting into marrying me later in life. . . but he made a valiant effort at trying skiing, although the soft snow of the bunny hill and ill-fitting rental boots made his life hell for the week.
We're now planning our second trip to Panorama together the first week of March. I hope that Dave will have a better ski experience this time and I look forward to seeing the many changes and improvements since the last visit.