This past Friday, Quest ran a shuttle to the Whistler Olympic Park to go snowshoeing, all expenses paid. I have been snowshoeing twice in my life and loved it: the soft tread of my snowshoes clamping onto the packed snow, trekking through nature covered in a white blanket. Not to mention the great exercise that is much more fun than running on a treadmill. So as soon as I found out about this excursion I signed up right away.
It got even better when Krystal, a Quest employee who was driving the shuttle, told us why we were getting in for free. As it turns out, Quest has an arrangement with the Olympic park that lets us in if we pack down the trails for them. That means that twice a week, a group of Quest students will snowshoe along the trails, cutting any branches in the way and filling in any holes that may have appeared. It never crossed my mind that it was a job that had to be done, and I felt pretty pleased that instead of paying someone to walk the trails and maintain them, they let us students have a fun time in exchange for a bit of work. After all, it is not that hard to cut down branches when there are 10 of you doing it.
Whistler is quite close to Squamish, and us Quest students use it to our full advantage whether it be for downhill or cross country skiing, snowshoeing, or just to hang out for a few hours, there is never a day that I don’t hear about Whistler and the good time people have there.
It’s great to be able to go out and enjoy myself while giving back to a place that is such a big part of the Quest community.