Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland: Quest Edition

Hello, all! It’s a happy beginning of the second semester, and first block up here at Quest! This semester may be categorized the “Spring semester”, but we are still in January and many of our students are looking forward to some more snowy and fun wintery activities! Keep reading to find out the wide arrange of such activities we can offer you at Quest.


#1: Whistler! If you’re from this part of the world (or not), I bet you know someone who is going to “Whistler for the winter holidays”. This place is a world-class known vacation destination. Here’s me Wikipedia info for you: “Whistler is a town north of Vancouver, British Columbia, that’s home to Whistler Blackcomb, one of the largest ski resorts in North America. Besides skiing and snowboarding, the area offers snowshoeing, tobogganing and ski jumping at the Olympic Park, a venue for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics”. Pretty cool, huh? And all of that is only 45 (give or take 10) minutes away from our campus! Many of our students purchase the student discounted season passes and enjoy activities such as skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, ice climbing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling, winter zip-lining, sledding and many, many more! Whistler passes are fairly pricey, but Quest students get a huge discount on season passes. A regular adult season pass costs about $1,649. A student pass only costs $469, so it’s an amazing discount! All you need to do is show that you’re a full-time student, your student card and a printout of your schedule and you can hit the slopes!


Whistler ski slopes! Source:


#2: Wicked Wednesdays! 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. I, personally, never miss an opportunity to go some snow-shoeing, especially when it’s free!


#3: Sledding in the University Heights! At any moment (as long as it’s after classes) at Quest you can grab a buddy with a car and go up the road to the mountain for some high-quality slopes for sledding!


#4: Ice skating and hockey in Squamish! Located about 15 minutes of a bus ride away from campus is the Brennan Park Recreational centre, which has a great ice rink (as well as a pool, but that is not a very wintery activity, is it?). There you also have an opportunity to rent skates there.


#5: Simply looking out of the window and enjoying the beautiful views of the Sqiamush Winter! It just so happens to be that our campus is designed in a way that allows for practically every dorm room window to overlook a stunning scenery. Inserted below, for example, is the view on a typical day from my friend Zanna’s dorm room in the peaks.


View of the south-facing Squamish Valley (Source: Zanna Kortenhof)


The Quest campus covered in snow! (Source: Quest instagram)


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