The Panorama Tour was a friendly, outgoing group of 50 skiers. Bus driver, Gary Davis, entertained us all the way to the ski hill. Thanks to the many hands that loaded the bus and helped get the trip underway with ease.
After the long trip, everyone was happy to gather over drinks and a delicious buffet in The Great Hall. The super seniors, the lucky ones who skied for free, posed for a special photo. Everyone was eager to hit the slopes and explore Panorama’s runs.
The weather was excellent with sunny skies and a view from the top that was breathtaking. The 360 degree vista featured 1000 snow capped peaks-a picture that is not only stunning but memorable. The Mountain Friends guided many members on runs that were hard packed and groomed. We were very thankful for their expertise and learned many history of the area. The groups allowed us not only to get to know each other better but also to meet skiers from all over the world. One day provided the skiers with 3 cm of fresh snow that was skied off quickly but allowed some members to make coveted fresh tracks. Some skiers took advantage of the cross country ski trails.
The accommodations were excellent and the outdoor pools and sauna provided much needed relief for sore muscles. A false fire alarm in one of the buildings left some bathers scrambling in the cold air as they had to vacate the pools. A surprise birthday party at the pub provided many laughs. It was discovered that gloves could disappear quickly if they were left on the top of lockers. If only we could have captured on video the creative thinking used to rescue the lost apparel.
Thanks to the hill staff for a great trip, Tour Coordinators, Bill and Pat Campbell, the bus loaders, hotel liaison staff, the Mountain Friends, and all those who helped by manning rooms, collecting locks and assisting injured skiers. Everyone’s efforts helped to make the tour an entertaining and memorable experience.
Submitted by JoAnn Grand and Donna Vine