Doug - Don't rule out Columbia Lake. You're dead centre between Panorama and Kimberley (an hour each), and minutes from Fairmont. Before you laugh your head off, if you have a young family, and want the kids to be able to ski freely by themselves, you will NOT find a better spot in the area than Fairmont. In 20 years, I have NEVER been in "the" line there more than 5 minutes. Probably a solid 90% of the time, less than 30 seconds, or 2 chairs.
If you're into boating, take a look at the lake surface any summer weekend. You won't see anything near the concentration and congestion of ski boats you see on Lake Windermere. The east side of Columbia is mostly BC crown land, so you know it won't explode in a few years.
All that said though, ski in/out at Panorama would really rock!<FONT size="1">
[This message has been edited by Jimmy P (edited May 25, 2001).]</FONT>