Panorama’s Earliest Bike Park Opening – Ever

May 11, 2017 at 13:16
by Panorama BikeParkTeam  
Panorama s Earliest Bike Park Opening
Old Man Winter's icy breath hangs on. Photo Credit: Stephan Malette


The snow has been hanging on as Old Man Winter refuses to pry his cold dead hands from the stock of his favorite season. His grip has not been loosening fast enough and we mountain bikers are getting riled up like petulant children refused their favorite toy. Aching to get out on the trails, we sit drooling over bike edits on Pink Bike and other enablers.

Panorama s Earliest Bike Park Opening
The Trail Crew doesn't know if they should smile or not. Stoked to be open but tons of work to do.


The East Kootenays have been open for riding for almost two months. The shuttle activity at Swansea on the weekends has seen an unprecedented number of 4x4’s with out-of-province plates shuttling legions of die-hard riders eager to leave their snowbound trail systems for browner pastures.

Panorama s Earliest Bike Park Opening
The dirt will be epic in some places and a little greasy in others.


Panorama Mountain Resorts feels the pain of both you and your shuttle truck and wants to help scratch that itch. Park the weary pickup and exchange your seat in the box for one of our comfy chairs.

We are stoked to announce that we will be opening the Bike Park for the first time ever in the month of May. The lift will be spinning for the long weekend, May 20 and 21. We will have discounted tickets, cold beer, hot food, and, oh yeah, ribbons of fresh tacky spring trails. Spring is prime riding time in the East Kootenays as the notoriously dry and dusty conditions are improved by the dampness afforded by winter melt water.

Panorama s Earliest Bike Park Opening
Early season fun 2016


The selection of trails is still a bit of moving target but you can plan for Let It Ride, Mercy Me, and Hell’s Bells with more trails still to be determined. The trail crew is working diligently to crack as many lines as possible and has needed to add snow cats and snow shovels to their trail building arsenal. Drainage is an issue. The later and deeper snow pack accompanied with a compressed melt window has seen water show up and flow in very unexpected places. Rest assured the guys are on it. The long-range forecast (but we know how reliable they can be) bodes well with regards to drying up the wettest spots.

So break out the new whip, dust off your trusty old one, wash your gloves, find your helmet and make your way to Panorama for May long. Your addiction and your truck will thank you.

Panorama s Earliest Bike Park Opening
Let'r rip.



MENTIONS: @PanoramaMountainVillage




22 Comments

  • 12 0
 Everything I hoped and dreamed of years ago. Panorama is finally getting it! Proper Jump trails and longer riding season. Pitty I moved away.
  • 3 0
 I totally agree
  • 5 0
 Wouldn't be an article about the east Kootenays without a poke at all the "redplates"
  • 5 0
 Stoked for thier "top of the world" to open this season
  • 2 0
 Sweet! Panorama keeps getting better every year. Stoked to visit this summer
  • 2 0
 Hmmm. Pano is on the way to Whistler...
  • 7 0
 Nakiska needs to open their eyes.
  • 2 0
 @jamezyo: RCR doesn't care. Yet.
  • 1 2
 @pinkrobe: Well RCR owns Fernie and Kicking Horse, which both have awesome bike parks!

A friend of mine who works as a park ranger in Canmore told me something about the provincial government not being down with a lot of summer activity in the resorts around the Banff area.
  • 1 0
 @Katakalism: i understand it has to do more with the national park than anything else.
  • 1 1
 @Katakalism: when is the largest time you rode Fernie and kh? Absolute crap excuse for bike parks, right on par with everything RCR.
  • 2 0
 @ianrm7: Seams like you enjoy hating on just about everything, why? A bike park in Fernie and Golden is better than no bike park, maybe if they got some more attention more money could be put back into the trails.
  • 2 0
 Just open weekends for the time being?
  • 4 0
 It will just be for the long weekend and then again for the weekend of June 23. Regular summer ops, 7 days/week begins June 30th.
  • 3 0
 @simmerj: So its basically a sneak peak, not really an "opening".
  • 1 0
 @VPS13: Correct
  • 1 0
 Is panorama part of RCR like kicking horse and Fernie?
  • 5 0
 Negative
  • 1 0
 Not sure how it wont be a soggy mess. There is so much snow left.
  • 1 1
 Bring your skis, we'll be biking.
  • 1 0
 Shit! Secret's out!
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