Hildur Sinclair was the first person to greet me at Troll as I walked in but I was also greeted by smiles and a warmth of this tight-knit community.
"What we do is create joy for people, create a space for them to come and experience joy", Hildur tells me. "Troll is a special place in a lot of people's hearts and its where they have a lot of fun, laugh and play. I think that's super important nowadays - to be able to get out and just experience nature and fall in the snow and youre not plugged into anything. That's what we do here."
I couldn't agree more.
A hill full of life
I instantly noticed the connection between people and the mountain. The collective passion for getting people and kids on snow was one of the highlights of my trip.
And about that name?
Originally it was Hildur's aunt who suggested the name to Lars. In traditional Norwegian and Scandinavian folklore, the Troll is a mystical and mythological creature. Lars loved the idea of calling the resort Troll. For Hildur, it fits the ski hills philosophy that skiing should evoke be fun and put a little magic in every day.
You might know Beat from the TV series Timber Kings. I was fortunate enough to get to meet him face to face and ski some fresh lines with him. Riding up the T-bar with Baet, we struck up a conversation and I asked him why he loves Troll and what hed miss if he had to leave.
You wouldn't get me out of this place. I would miss the people the most, as well as the ability to completely disconnect. Here. I can truly disconnect from the world and the internet and even cell service is tough. That is what I love. I love what I do and I love the people surrounding me and this is a small community we all love to call home.
Thanks Beat for inviting me into your community and reminding me of the important things in life. I'll see you all again soon.
To the people of Troll Mountain, you have my heart. XO
If you go
Troll is found around the middle of the Barkerville Highway and as you are travelling here you will stop through the City of Quesnel. Learn about their adventures too at http://tourismquesnel.com/explore/outdoorrecreation/
Call Tourism Quesnel at 250-992-8716
Troll, Quesnel, the District of Wells and Barkerville are destinations along the famed Barkerville Highway (aka Highway 26) - all within the Cariboo Regional District found at http://cariboord.bc.ca
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