As mentioned in one of my previous posts, my second reason for liking Panorama and wanting to work there is snowmaking. During the last visit to Panorama with my SROAM class, we got a full in depth tour of the pumphouse and some of the guns from Snowmaking Manager, Jamie King.
Here you can see the guys posing with a few new TechnoAlpin TF10 Fan Guns. Panorama makes snow on 18 of their runs, around 3000 acres, and these new guns have a flow rate of 200 gallons per minute each! These improved guns Pano has invested in help pump out better quality, drier snow at a more efficient rate. This is super important when snowmaking is such a large expense at a resort like Panorama.
For more information on TechnoAlpin, and either the TF10 or TF40 fan guns, go to http://www.technoalpin.com/
So, lets’ get back to reality here! It’s not quite summer yet, and there are still a few more weeks left to the season. This time of year is another reminder why snowmaking is so vital to many resorts. Not only does it ensure your hill opens earlier in the season, it also ensures there will be enough snow coverage left on the lower and upper parts of the mountain for people to enjoy those beautiful spring skiing days.
Snowmaking is important to me at a resort because it is a science I have been fascinated with for the past 3 years, and it is a department I would really like to get into for my Co-Op this fall! It is one of the more physically intense jobs at a resort but it provides a lot of satisfaction in the sense you get to create a product and see people enjoy it every day (that is when your not sleeping)
Keep tuned for my next post where I will discuss some of the features Panorama’s Snowmaking System has 🙂
After a look at the bike trail map for Panorama’s Mountain Bike Park, I saw something that made me curious..
Does the service road crossing Alcatraz and Bazooka Joe have vehicle traffic from the resort and if so, is there ever risk management issues involved with this.
(The Service Road is the Black Dotted Line)
Does anybody who has ever been the bike park at Panorama know about this and have any insight?
As i sit in Nelson with a seemingly endless pile of homework, I can not help but dreaming of spring skiing and Panorama! Web cam shot looks sick, and theres 17 CMS forecasted within the next few days.
Today – 7CM Sun – 10CM
-3° -8° -5° -9°
Let me live vicariously through you and take a visit to Pano this weekend!
On topic of the summer mountain bike park at Panorama, I found a very interesting job posting that I am highly considering for this summer, or even next!
Bike Park Trail Crew – Summer
||Full Time Seasonal
||May 26, 2014
Though the pay is not much compared to my Trail crew position at Canada Olympic Park last summer, it would be a great opportunity to make a great impression of my self at the resort and would also allow me to build upon my existing skills leading me into my career in the ski industry.
Many more summer employment opportunities can be viewed online on Panorama’s website under “Employment”. Definitely worth giving a peep if your interested in working there!
After basically setting up a criteria for my self on where I want to work this November, I found that the top requirement on my list was a resort that had summer operations.
Not only do I mountain biking, but I also want the opportunity to continue my employment through the spring, summer and fall. I figured the best way to ensure this would be to pick from the list of of ski hills that turn to bike parks for summer.
After looking at the bike park stats, I was relatively pleased seeing that they had 33% Intermediate trails which is where my skill level is currently at, and that there was also 33% expert so there would still be a drive to challenge myself towards tougher and more technical terrain.
Number of Trails
- 17 authentic mountain trails
- 1 Rockstar Energy Drink zone with multiple signature features
- 2 dirt jump trails (Mercy Me and Hell’s Bells)
Degree of Difficulty
- 14% easy
- 33% intermediate
- 20% advanced
- 33% expert
- Let It Ride
- Length: 3.2km
- Vertical: 380m
- Crazytrain, an expert fall line trail with numerous man-made features.
After being to many really interesting resorts in Western Canada so far, I might have found a new favourite!
There are so many contributing factors for my new found love of Panorama, but I think the main reason was simply the overall experience I had while I was there. I was not able to ride much due to a knee injury but from the hot pools and sauna, to the wicked groomer ride I went on in the middle of the night, the staff and the resort it self gave me an extra special feel and I can’t wait to go back.
Learn more about this incredible mountain and why I fell for it so fast by staying tuned for more!
Winter Season :open December 6, 2013 – April 20, 2014.
Panorama Mountain Hours 9am – 4:30pm