Take a Helicopter Up the Mountain at Panorama to Eat Fondue at 2,730 Metres

The heli-fondue experience features a two-course fondue meal of breads, veggies and fruits that you dip in warm cheese and chocolate.

Fondue at Summit Hut, Panorama Mountain Resort.

Panorama photography courtesy of Panorama Mountain Resort


There’s an illicit thrill to being high up on a ski hill after the chairlifts have powered down for the day and all the skiers and snowboarders have cleared out. In this peaceful, snow-covered world, you can watch the sky turn pink as the sun dips behind the surrounding peaks, while the normally whirring lifts sit eerily quiet. 

At Panorama Resort you can pair that otherworldly setting with a two-course (cheese and chocolate) fondue at Summit Hut, the rustic alpine cabin perched at 2,730 metres. Though the hut is just off the top of the Summit quad chair (the gateway to the expert terrain at Panorama) you don’t have to be an expert skier or even a bunny-hill skier to do the fondue here. The resort’s neighbourly relationship with RK. Heliski has made possible a heli-fondue experience that whisks guests up to Summit Hut via a 12-minute flight from the base area, with a return flight back down — no skis or snowboards necessary.

Sitting around communal tables in the cozy log-cabin room, sipping one of the B.C. wines the hut has on offer, dipping breads, veggies and fruits into the warm cheesy and chocolaty goodness, it’s a little taste of alpine extravagance that comes with one heck of a ride home.



Panorama photography courtesy of Panorama Mountain Resort

Summit Hut exterior.


Add a heli experience to your Panaorama stay

The single-day packages offered by RK. Heliski at Panorama are a great way to add a heli experience to your resort vacation. Skiers and snowboarders can book as individuals with one of RK.’s standard nine-to-11-person groups, or book a semi-private experience as a small group. Along with that wonderful Purcell powder, the day includes lunch in the backcountry, breakfast and après-ski at the warm and inviting RK. Heli-Plex, and a certificate to prove how awesome you are.



This article appears in the November 2017 issue of Avenue Calgary. Subscribe here.


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