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Mt Hutt ‘all systems go’ for 40th season opening (13-Jun-13)
Immaculately groomed slopes and a genuinely warm welcome await avid skiers and snowboarders.....

Queenstown’s Coronet Peak ski area first to open in Australasia (10-Jun-13)
Queenstown’s Coronet Peak ski area today (June 8) celebrated in style as the first Australasian ski field to open for winter....

Coronet Peak first ski area in Australasia to open on Saturday (05-Jun-13)
Queenstown is officially open for winter as the 2013 season kicks off at Coronet Peak on Saturday (June 8).

Ski Areas Go Out With A Bang! (27-Sep-12)
Season extension and half price passes

Snow At Panorama! (16-Oct-08)

Panorama Mountain Village, B.C. — The weather conditions at Panorama are just right

The weather conditions at Panorama are just right – cold and dry, which means that snowmaking for the 2008/09 winter season is underway ahead of schedule. 

Panorama is able to make snow on 40% of its vast terrain and this morning the system is working at capacity on Showoff and Old Timer, pumping out the white-stuff, which in some places is already one-metre deep.

Snowmakers control the type of snow that blankets the ski trails, based on what the runs are being used for. According to Panorama’s snowmaking manager, Todd Partington, more water is used for building the snow base and on race-runs; less water is used for softer snow.

The depth of snow accumulated from snowmaking is also dependent on the trail. How much traffic the run gets, how steep it is and how much sun exposure it gets, all determine how much snow is needed. “The steeper the run, the more snow that is needed, as more gets pushed off to the sides,” explained Partington. “We work with the groomers to determine when a run has enough snow, and depth can be anywhere from 30 cm on a flat run to 90 cm on a high traffic, steeper trail,” he added.

The first day of snowmaking is an important milestone for ski-racers who will once again join the Canadian Alpine Ski Team at Panorama in November. National teams from Germany, Italy and Slovenia are just some utilizing the Alpine Canada Alpin Official Race Training Centre in preparation for the World Cup circuit and the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in British Columbia.

Panorama Mountain Village opens for skiing and boarding on December the 12th, a little over fifty days away. Until the end of this month, the resort is offering the Best Ski and Lodging deals of the season. Discounts of up to 35% would save two people staying in a Gold Studio $120 per night and that includes one day of skiing! There are no minimum or maximum stay requirements and the savings apply to all lodging booked through Panorama Mountain Village. Call 1.800.663.2929 before October the 30th.

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