For the second year in a row, Panorama Mountain Resort will be hosting its Tamarack Ridge Walk event, giving the public the experience of hiking the summit ridges as the alpine mountains change colours from summer to fall.
Clarissa Amaro, marketing specialist at the Resort, said they had wanted to do this event for a long time prior to its inception in 2015 after seeing other successful sanctioned hikes in places like Lake Louise. Trying it out last year, they werent exactly sure what to expect.
We thought, Oh, if we get 50 people, that will be pretty good, she said, noting that they ended up with 140 guests on the hike, which forced them to divide it into two events this year.
The first of the two ridge walks will take place at 9 a.m. on Saturday, September 17th with the second happening a week later on the 24th. On the second event, guests will also have the opportunity to partake in the long-table dinner that will include a pig roast among other delectable options. The cost for the long-table dinner will be $39.95 for adults and $24.95 for kids.
The walk starts at the bottom of the mountain as guests take one of three chairlifts that will take them nearly 4,000 feet in combined elevation where they will be able choose from one of three different walks.
The first group will venture the Goldie plateau located between Mount Goldie and Taynton Bowl as the second group makes their way to Goldie Lake surrounded by the Tamaracks. The final group will be able to summit Mount Goldie, which is a total elevation of 2,633 metres above sea level. Ms. Amaro said people enjoyed the experience last year and were surprised what it looked like without the snow.
I think a lot of people were blown away by how wild it is up there, she said. A lot of people see it in the wintertime with snow on it and theres a caf at the top with loads of people and its still beautiful in the winter, but it doesnt feel as remote or wild as it does in the summer.
Tickets for the event will cost $99 for adults, $79 for youth (ages six to 12) and children under five are free. Those looking to purchase tickets are encouraged to visit the website at www.panoramaresort.com or call 250-342-6941.