Athlete Spotlight: Daniel Wilkinson
Mars’ Hill: How did you first hear about Trinity Western University?
Daniel Wilkinson: I first heard about TWU during high school when some representatives came and shared about the Business school. I then visited during a preview night and was really compelled by the program and what some of the professors had to say about this university. That combined with the opportunity to continue with Track and Cross Country here sold me.
MH: How did you first get involved with backcountry skiing?
DW: I’ve been skiing since I was very young, beginning around three years old with my parents. I was never involved in skiing competitively, so I developed skills with my parents’ help and at times on my own. More recently, four or five years ago, I began going out with my dad locally in more rough terrain, which is where I’ve really acquired more skills.
MH: How often do you go out skiing?
DW: Almost every week! I bought a student pass for Whistler Blackcomb, so I’m there usually every Friday during the winter, which is one of the perks being in Business and having Fridays off. Whenever I get the opportunity I also go out with my buddies ski touring, which is similar to snow shoeing: walking up unmarked trails and finding cool remote places with fresh snow.
MH: What do you like about backcountry skiing?
DW: I think it’s just a great way to see local mountains from a different perspective, all while getting in some exercise and spending time outdoors with friends!
MH: What are some highlights from your time backcountry skiing?
DW: I did a trip recently with my dad, just last year when we went and explored an area nearby in Pemberton. It was a five day trip up to a place called Keith’s Hut, which was a really sweet remote ski hut that was free to use and located in the mountains around Pemberton. We spent four nights there, skiing and ski touring. It was such a unique experience, with no electricity, no water, and a wood burning stove. I’ll never forget the beautiful scenery there.
MH: Have you been involved in any other sports aside from backcountry skiing?
DW: I played a lot of soccer growing up and was heavily involved in that all the way up to high school. I also played volleyball, basketball and badminton growing up. I was also a member of the Spartans Cross Country and Track teams during my first two years at TWU.