Panorama Mountain Resort was packed earlier this month when world-class para-alpine skiers travelled from around the globe to race in the 2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships from Sunday, March 1st until Tuesday, March 10th. The event has received tremendous positive feedback and is praised by some as one of the best IPC events ever held.
The IPC World Championships at Panorama were more than five years in the making and theres no doubt we are extremely proud of our efforts in hosting athletes from around the globe, said Steve Paccagnan, president and chief executive officer of Panorama.
He said the valleys strong support for the event generated a powerful mountain atmosphere thats rarely experienced at other Canadian ski events.
Dozens of athletes, coaches and volunteers have told us how touched they were by vocal support at the races day after day, he said. Crowds here were bigger and more festive than anything seen at an IPC event outside of the Vancouver and Sochi Olympics.
The most notable cross-section of the fan base came from the local public schools, which sacrificed some of their class time to cheer on the Canadian athletes, and then commemorated the excitement by having the stars autograph their memorabilia.
The Saturday parade in Invermere showed IPC officials and athletes that the event had the full support of the local community and this will help Panorama secure more world-class events in future, said Mr. Paccagnan.
Panorama received glowing comments about the world championships from German journalist Taufig Khalil with ARD radio and Ski Magazin.
Excellent event. Great race courses in an incredible surrounding, Mr. Khalil said in an email. Panorama is a lot of fun. Great skiing, great views, great food. The best place to meet before the races was at Lustis. Media and team officials from around the world started the day with a great cappuccino. And the best place between and after the races was the mountain top hut. Better German Bratwurst than in Germany. I will return.