Every Wednesday Student Affairs organizes a free Snowshoe & Cross Country Ski Shuttle for students up to Whistler Olympic Park. Snowshoes are provided at no cost and X-country skis can be rented for just $5 on Wednesdays. Students who choose to X-country ski can take advantage of free lessons from either JF Plouffe, the Quest Athletic Coordinator or Holly Bull, a current Quest student.
This past Wednesday I tried X-Country skiing for the first time. I have downhill skied for many years but I soon realized that cross country skiing has little relation to downhill skiing. Cross-country skis are a lot thinner and feel a lot more awkward! I also learned that there are two types of X-country skis: Skate skis and Classic Skis. Classic Skis are the ones that move forward in a parallel direction. Whereas, skate skis move side-to-side in a skating motion. I was told that skate skiing is the more fun version of the two so I thought I would give skate skiing a try. I soon found out that skate skiing was a lot harder than it looked! With a few pointers from Holly Bull I was able to slowly get the hang of it. All in all, I really enjoyed the introduction to X-country skiing and definitely hope to keep the sport up.
One of the things that I appreciate about Quest, is that there are many opportunities to get off-campus and try new things for an affordable price. Student Affairs and the SRC often subsidize off-campus events and activities for students. This past Friday, the SRC organized a shuttle up to Whistler Bounce, an indoor trampoline park. The SRC subsidized the price of entry for students from $23 to $5. The SRC also runs free Whistler Shuttles every Saturday during ski season. There are a number of other events that students can sign up to attend including theatre/dance shows, craft fairs, and outdoor adventure trips.