5 Ways To Cool Down In Whistler

It’s the heat of the summer…literally! The temperatures are soaring and there in nothing but sun in the forecast. It may be hard to believe while your tan might be thriving and your bikini’s are becoming a wardrobe staple, but one hot day after another can become a bit repetitive. At that point, cooling off becomes a priority. Luckily, Whistler is full of ways to beat the heat. Here are a few ideas for where and how to cool down in the mountains!

The River Of Golden Dreams

River Of Golden Dreams

The River Of Golden Dreams is a favourite summer activity among the locals. Starting at the south end of Alta Lake, the river takes your through a lush, old growth forest, wildflower-lined banks and kicks you out in Green Lake. It’s basically a National Geographic expedition that can be taken in from the comfort of your Explorer 300.

Have a drink on a patio!

Beer

If the weather is a touch to hot for your taste, take cover at one of Whistler’s many patios. Some of our favourites are the Garibaldi Lift Company or Longhorn patio which are both situated at the bottom of the bike park and have great views of all the action.

Swim in a Glacier fed lake!

Alta Lake

Alta Lake is the perfect place to rock one of your McCoo’s swimsuits and to cool off on a hot day. The second largest lake in Whistler, it features three separate parks: Lakeside Park, Wayside Park and Rainbow Park all of which have beach areas and host numerous water-based activities! Paddle boarding anyone?

Visit Brandywine Falls

Brandywine Falls

Just south of Whistler, lies Brandywine Falls, a 70m water fall that cascades from an unnaturally abrupt cliff to the valley below. A short hike is required to get to the falls but the mist that can be felt from the viewing area will surely cool you down.

Take To The Sky

Harbour Air

Take to the skies and avoid the heat altogether. Harbour Air offers 30 minute glacier tours and remote lake landing tours that depart from Green Lake. Experience the rush and chill of flying over the local mountains and seeing Whistler from the air.

Whistler might be a hot location to spend time in but the soaring temperatures can take a toll if you don’t know where to cool off. With these great ideas, you can experience fun in the mountains and stay out of the heat. As always, make sure you’re adventuring in style with gear outfitted from McCoo’s– guaranteed to look hot but stay functional through all your Whistler activities.

8 Overlooked Canada Day Adventures

July long weekend is upon us and let’s face it, there are a ton of events going on  to celebrate Canada Day that just about everyone will be attending. But what if you want to spend your Canada Day really soaking up the essence of what it means to be Canadian or maybe, just less crowds? Camping, lakes and all sorts of flannel-donning, beer-drinking activities can fill that void! We’ve got 8 overlooked Canada Day adventures that will keep you off the grid and in the heart of nature.

Camping

Grab your sleeping bag, a flannel shirt and a six pack then venture into the woods, it doesn’t get much more Canadian than that.

Must-have accessory: RipCurl Finley Shirt, this is button up plaid shirt is sure to become a summer staple. 

Sunbathing

Visit anyone of the local lakes and work on your tan. If there seems to be a bunch of people on the same program, pack up and head to One Mile, Mosquito or Lilooet Lake in Pemberton.

Must-have accessory: RipCurl MyBikini or board shorts are meant to look good while you do cool stuff. 

Canoeing

Go on a wild safari down The River Of Golden Dreams. Make sure to pack a ton of sunscreen, the forest canopy is deceiving and many have been known to get some serious sun burns!

Must-have accessory: A Slowtide Towel in case of an unexpected capsize!

Hiking

Escape the hustle and bustle of the village by heading for a hike in the mountains. With all the nice weather, many of the local hikes such as Black Tusk, the Backcomb Ascent Trail and Ancient Cedars are all clear of snow.

Must-have accessory: Keep the sun out of your eyes with a pair of Oakley polarized sunglasses. 

Biking

Hit up the Whistler Bike Park or one of the many trails surrounding the village. With everyone eating Canada Day cake or watching the parade, the bike trails are sure to be clear!

Must-have accessory: The POC Trabec helmet will protect your head whilst keeping it cool.

Golfing

Four! Or maybe your yelling one fifty in commemoration of Canada’s Birthday. What ever your choice of warning for oncoming golf balls, golfing is a great activity to do on Canada Day.

Must-have accessory: An Oakley t-shirt is fancy enough to golf in and hang out in the clubhouse afterwards. 

Fishing

The ultimate Canadian experience- just you, the river and your fishing rod. Oh, and the fish but actually catching one is an added bonus, right?

Must-have accessory: A Coal Hat will protect you against the elements. 

Horseback Riding

Take in the stunning landscape of Canada from horseback and feel your heart swell with Canadian pride.

Must-have accessory: A GoPro and a selfie stick are necessary. If there are no pictures, it didn’t actually happen right?

Get outfitted by McCoo’s for these overlooked Canada Day adventures that will keep you away from the crowds and having a good ol’ Canadian time!

Spring Adventures In Whistler

We know what you’ve been doing all winter and not in a creepy way. Winter was most likely filled with time spent on the hill. Lots and lots and probably lots of skiing and snowboarding. Are we right? Not that you are sick of it but spring always invites the opportunity in to do other activities and even other adventures. And the mountains happen t0 boast a ton of outdoor adventures that can be started from the moment you leave your doorstep. Don’t wait for a second longer, get out and enjoy these spring adventures in Whistler.

Train Wreck Hike

Sometime in the 1960’s, a train derailed outside of Whistler and the cars are still scattered throughout the forest today. Easily reachable from Cheakamus Crossing, the Train Wreck Hike has become iconic to Whistler, especially now that a new suspension bridge has been put into better access the trail.

Recommended Gear: A GoPro

Keyhole Hot Springs

100km north of Whistler lies the Keyhole Hot Springs. These natural springs are created by the volcanic activity in the area. Make sure you are prepared for this adventure- there is no cell service and there are always reports of bear activity.

Recommended Gear: Outdoor Technology Sound System

Brandywine Falls

You’d never guess from the highway, but just south of Whistler lies a 22m waterfall. The short hike to view it can be made longer if you choose to get to the bottom of the waterfall. You didn’t hear it from us though!

Recommended Gear: Oakley Sunglasses

Parkhurst Ghost Town

Before Whistler was a world-class resort, there was a small logging town that sat on the edge of Green Lake. The Great Depression put a stop on the town’s main export- wood and the town slowly ceased to function. Now, there are only the remnants. What’s even cooler about this ghost town, is that you can canoe or hike to explore it!

Recommended Gear: A Herschel Backpack

Nairn Falls

There is a provincial park that is south of Pemberton that features camping and a massive waterfall. The falls are 60m high and can be accessed by hiking in 1.5km in. Don’t even thinking about swimming here but if you head 2km down highway 99, you will find One Mile Lake, a popular swimming hole.

Recommended Gear: RipCurl Board Shorts

The River of Golden Dreams

Once the snow and ice have melted from the lakes, you can take a canoe, Explorer 500 or stand-up paddle board (if you’re brave!) down the River Of Golden Dreams. The river runs from Alta Lake all the way to Green Lake and takes approximately 2-3 hours to complete.

Recommended Gear: A RipCurl MyBikini

Whistler is made for adventures with all its history and natural splendor. Make sure you are geared up for each activity or at least looking good! If your gear could use an upgrade before you set out on one of these spring adventures in Whistler, stop by McCoo’s. We’ll sort you out.

Making Friends On The Chairlift

Sure, skiing solo has its perks- you can ride at your own pace, go wherever you like and listen to tunes as you fly down but we all know that the more, the merrier applies on the hill. Sometimes your friends can’t make it or they want to partake in some of the other activities that Whistler has to offer and that leaves you in a sticky situation if you would rather ride with a crew. Never fear, there is a place that you can meet shred buddies as easy as getting a date on Tinder: The Chairlift. We are going to let you in on a few secrets that will make you an expert in the art to friend finding on the chairlift.

Step One: The Singles Line

Think about how many lifts you ride in a single day and how many potential opportunities arise to meet a riding pal. Now… we know you may not like this but the Singles Line lets you get more laps in thus scientifically increasing (we won’t bother showing you the algorithm) your chance tenfold to buddy up!

Step Two: Eavesdrop

Once you’re on the lift, you don’t want to be that awkward, chatty Kathy. Take a few moments and suss out your comrades. Are they talking about the snow quality and throwing down lingo like shred, gnar, drop? If so, you know you are among your people and the rest should follow naturally.

Step Three: Ask Where Everyone Is From

A great and easy way to initiate conversation is to ask where everyone is from. It’s light conversation and most people have no problem partaking in whether they are a local, happy tourist or pro. From here, you can dive into some more titillating conversation topics such as:

• Snow
• What run’s they have been riding
• Snow
• Equipment and gear
• Snow
• More about snow

Step Four: Boast About Your Rad Day

Don’t brag, just casually suggest that you found untouched pow and lines so deep you nearly drowned. This will surely spark their interest and have them keen to follow you around for some laps.

Step Five: Be Brave And Ask

Now that you have their attention, you can drop the big guns. Ask your fellow chairlift riders if they want to join you in the search for even more pow, some pillow popping, drop sending kind of runs.

Alright, we’ve got your foot in the door but now it’s all up to you to show them your skills and sick outerwear! Missing the last part of that sentence? Okay, okay…we can help you in that department too, just stop by McCoo’s!

 

How To Build A Whistler Wardrobe You Can Be Proud Of

Many of us find ourselves on numerous occasions (ladies, we are talking to you!) staring into our closet and feeling like we have nothing to wear. The irony is, in Whistler, you probably have too many clothes. Where are they all, you ask? Most of them are most likely activity specific and right under your nose. We aren’t saying these activity specific items of clothing are fashion faux-pas (everyone knows a toque can be worn all year long and at a fine dining restaurant in Whistler). In fact, we are here to help you build a Whistler wardrobe you can be proud of that includes your beloved toque and ski jacket!

Build a foundation

In addition to the essentials that you find yourself living in (Jacket, aforementioned toque, and your base layer), there are a few key items that you should be sure to have available. These pieces should be practical and classic. Our spring RVCA line contains many items that you will want to have around for the next 5 years.

KEY PIECE: A classic dress that you can dress up or dress down such as the RVCA Jean Dress.

Look for functionality

Ask yourself this question when you are looking to purchase a piece of clothing,”Will I look good in this camping as well as the bar?” If the answer is no, put that back where you found it! Now if the answer is yes, ring it up! Clothing that can withstand Whistler activities and be part of your everyday fashion choices are precisely what you should be filling your closet up with!

KEY PIECE: RVCA Bomber Jacket. This piece will keep you warm, cozy both around the fire and before you heat up on the dance floor!

Aim for versatility

One of the problems with living in Whistler and having a wardrobe that can take you from the slopes to work and then to the bar is just that- the need for your clothing to withstand a whole day of activities. Aim for pieces that can be either casual or dressy and that can be paired with other items in your closet.

KEY PIECE: A RipCurl Flannel. Button this bad boy up for a more conservative look or wear it around the waist as a quick fix for a chill on a cool spring afternoon.

Quality over quantity

Purchase clothing that meets all of the above criteria and you won’t spend a minute more than you should, searching through a multitude of clothing in your closet. Think less is more.

KEY PIECE: MyPakage Underwear are durable and breathable so as long as you have a few pairs to not need to do laundry every day…you’re good!

Come by McCoo’s for one of our staff members to help you pick out a Whistler wardrobe you would be proud of!

 

 

McCoo’s Best Moments of 2016

Together with Trump, global warming, and the loss of a concerning amount of celebrities, the end 2016 couldn’t have come sooner. For many, it’s been marked as one of the toughest. However, for the mountain enthusiast, it was a year for the books! Each year the bar continually gets set higher but the talent in action sports keeps pushing and the results are anything but ordinary. Lines that looked unskiable, terrain that seemed inaccessible and bike trails that showcase unfathomable skill, have all been made part of this year’s legacy. We have gathered up the best moments of 2016, from skiing to biking and a little bit of what Whistler is made of right in between.

This line won Powder Magazine’s Line Of The Year and you will soon see why. We dare you to watch it and not yell out profanities!

A Whistler local, Sean Petit shreds hard. You’ll probably watch this episode of the series and then every other episode after that. Take us with you on next adventure Sean!

How many times have you driven by these looming beauties that sit on the other side of the Sea to Sky Highway and wondered if it’s possible to lay ski tracks down on their slopes? Well, it is and their glaciated gaze reminds us that we are in Mother Nature’s territory.

Celebrating 50 years made Whistler Blackcomb examine what the next 50 years would look like and with that, came some serious questions. This documentary has started the conversation surrounding our environment and the impact of action sports.

If you’re a follower of action sports, chances are you have heard of Blake Jorgenson. This iconic action sports photographer is the man behind the lens, capturing those moments that help fuel your own passion for being outside.

Whistler Bike Park being shredded by Brendan Howey. Enough said.

Not only is this a cinematic masterpiece, in true Semenuk fashion, it’s the progression of mountain biking. Can you recognize where certain parts of the filming process took place?

Thanks to the local talent, the insatiable need to go further and push harder, we have seen action sports progress to beyond what our wildest dreams could have imagined and a lot of it is happening right in our very own backyard. We at McCoo’s would like to wish you an awesome 2017- may all of your tricks be perfected, your thirst for adventure quenched and your landings stuck on the first try!

Must-Haves for Autumn in Whistler

Some may dread this time of year, the ending of summer and beginning of fall but we look at it as a time to revamp your wardrobe! New backpacks, sweaters, footwear and arm candy- fall is a time to bring out all the coveted pieces you have had stored away throughout the summer months and purchase a few new additions. So embrace the cooling weather and change of the seasons; we’ve got exactly what you need to brighten your wardrobe and make it functional for Autumn in Whistler~

Herschel Backpack

Your backpack carries your life in it and could just be one of your most important belongings. Herschel backpacks come in classic shapes and various sizes (full size, mid-volume, compact, women and youth) so you can fit in the things you find on your adventures or your loads of school books. The new fall colours are perfect for maintaining style in the mountains.

RipCurl Sweater

Made for layering and the warm days that turn into cool evenings, a RipCurl sweater will take your outfit to the next level and doesn’t mind retiring to your backpack when your adventure calls for it. Soft sweaters made in all the right fall colours and prints, your fall look needs one!

People Shoes

“Ultra–light, extremely cushy and perfect for doing whatever it is you love to do,” is the People shoes motto. These bad boys will take you all over the village, into the mountains, on that perfect fall hike and maybe for one last camping trip before the weather changes. Did we mention they look good, like really good?

Stance Socks

These socks have so much style, your going to want to find a way to wear them so the world can seem them! Stance socks are made for expression so grab a few pairs and don’t sweat it if you never match them again. There are also made in various styles for functional wear during sport. Have you noticed a few of them in the Bike Park?

Oakley Active Wear

The change in temperature makes fall one of the best times to exercise. Of course, we wouldn’t do it any other way than in style. The Oakley Active line is perfect for wearing while your running around the village and then when your actually running. So sleek and made from the latest active wear technology.

Nixon Watch

Managing school and multiple jobs to get ready for all the pow slaying that’s going to be done in the winter is going to require you to keep a tight schedule. Nixon watched rock clean lines and a water rating that will allow you to leave your worries behind in the variable Whistler weather.

So don’t fret about putting your short shorts, board shorts and bikini’s away in storage. Fall allows you to layer up and is a nice change of scenery from summer outfits. Make sure your fall look is as hot as your summer one was by adding a few essentials from McCoo’s. We’ve got you covered.

 

 

Whistler Tinder Dates

Whistler, being the small bubble that it is, invites relationships like bees to honey. Regardless of the small town and inevitably of bumping into to your crush, hot barista or sexy bartender, it can be a challenge to strike up conversation on the spot. Enter Tinder. Tinder is a great way to date, meet people and hook up. Here in Whistler, it’s with fair certainty that you can judge a book by its cover and know exactly who you’re going on a date with just by their flip flop brand. We’ve broken down the tinder dates you’re going to go on in Whistler by outfits so you can swipe left on the dude with the obvious shared room and swipe right on the babe with more bikinis than jeans.

Beach Babe

Spending her days soaking in the sun at one of Whistler’s many lakes, this girl’s go-to outfit is a RipCurl My Bikini. You may have trouble keeping track of how many swim suits she actually has as you swipe though her photos. Her Tinder profile pic is the token show a little skin bikini bottom that she has selected from the My Bikini line. Get ready to be her pool boy and designated tanning oil applier.

Ski Bum

The giveaway is picture on picture of bro’s hitting rails and being on snow in July. Rocking the latest Oakley sunnies and a mean goggle tan (also, brought to you by Oakley), this guy is shredding the glacier hard. You’ll find Skull Candy ear buds always on him and he’s got the latest Armada get up. Don’t be fooled by his new gear and style, he is here to ski and sharing a room with his homie is helping to make that happen.

Party Guy/Girl

Living for the nights is just one other thing to do in Whistler. Expect lots of party pics, taken directly off of Moe Joes Facebook page. Decked out in the latest RVCA, Rip Curl and Element attire, these party people are dressed to the nines. If you’re looking for a good time and not a long time, swipe right and get amongst the Whistler night life.

Bike Park Rat

You might not be able to get a good idea of what this person looks like by their profile picture since the helmet leaves something to the imagination, but you will be able to see their buff arms created by countless, maybe even obsessive hours in the Whistler Bike Park. The sheer intensity of the laps these park rats pump out means they need gear that holds up. Expect current Oakley PRIZM technology goggles further preventing you from seeing into the eyes of your potential date and POC gear covering every other inch (Minus the buff arms of course). These people are tireless until the park closes when you may be able to join them for beer with their buddies.

Its up to you who you want to swipe right and left for but hopefully these helpful hints will give you a better idea of whom you may be spending your time with. It’s fairly clear that most of these potential dates are doing there shopping at McCoo’s and you should to! Happy Tindering!

 

The Mccoos Hot List- Must Have Gear for Winter 2015/16

Skis and boards waxed- check. Lift pass purchased- check. Snow falling- check. With the exciting opening of Whistler Mountain last week it is time to make sure all your gear and accessories are sorted for the upcoming season. Gearing up for adventure is all a part of the fun and here at Mccoos Whistler, we have been helping mountain enthusiasts look and play the part since 1987. The ski and snowboard industry is seeing great innovations in gear and technology. To keep you in the loop we have compiled a list of the hottest items to get your hands on this winter season.

A new generation of Goggles

Goggles-Mccoos

The world has just entered a new generation of goggles where condensation and flat, low contrast vision is a thing of the past. No longer are your goggles just an outerwear accessory they are now a device to help you record, film and monitor your speed and performance. This season look for goggles with Prizm technology- a new lens technology that allows you to see the snow and surroundings with precise and crisp detail. Also look for goggles that have Bluetooth and GPS integration enabling you to measure your speed, jump analytics, vertical, navigation and more. Mccoos has Whistler’s largest selection of goggles as well as the resort’s leading goggle repair shop. Upgrade your goggles this year and step into the future.

Go Pro built for Whistler

GoPro-Mccoos

If you don’t have an action camera yet what are you waiting for? The action camera market has been on the rise for several years now and the latest technology, design and functionality of cameras is state of the art. Our favorite action camera is the Go Pro Hero4 Sessions. This is a camera that was built for Whistler conditions. It is small, light-weight and completely waterproof without a case. There are plenty of additional accessories you can purchase like mounts, straps, wind-savers and more. Capturing your adventures on film is all a part of the fun. Make sure you add an action camera to your accessory list this year.

Boot liners with Intuition

Epic days on the mountain start with quality gear. Making sure your feet are comfortable, dry and supported is paramount for top performance. Intuition boot liners are the newest technology in ski and snowboard boots. The revolutionary liner heat molds to your feet giving you a customized fit for optimal power, control and performance. Mccoos has been the go-to place for boot-fitting ever since its inception nearly 30 years ago. Legendary George Mckonkey, who is recognized world-wide for his boot-fitting expertise, works at Mccoos (he was actually one of the original owners of the shop back in the 1980’s). Your feet are in expert hands at Mccoos- why go anywhere else?

The Year of the Helmet

Helmets have always been kind of a lame outerwear accessory. Don’t get us wrong. They are extremely important for obvious safety reasons, but practicality has been the only thing going-on for helmets for a long time. Well, not anymore. This year your choice of helmets is bigger than ever! At Mccoos we have a huge stock of helmets ranging in colour, design and functionality. Find a helmet that suits your taste and style this year. Finally helmets that express your style!

Whistler’s Home of Herschel

Herschel-Backpacks

If you haven’t heard of Hershel you must be living under a rock. Based in Vancouver, BC Hershcel is an International brand that has exploded in popularity over the last few years. With a huge selection of thoughtfully created bags and accessories all artistically designed, Herschel bags draw on inspiration from all corners of the world. At Mccoos we have Whistler’s largest collection of Herschel bags with loads of colours, patterns and designs to choose from. Herschel’s make a great bag for on the mountain or any type of travelling and adventuring you have in mind. Come by and check out our collection of Herschel and get your hands on this season’s hottest accessory.

So there you have it- Mccoos Hot List for the 2015/16 season. Make sure to stop in and see us before the mountain opens this year and get sorted with your gear and accessories. You can find us as the base of Whistler Mountain in Mountain Square and on the Village Stroll (our Ripcurl location). Wishing everyone an excellent winter season ahead! See you in the shop or on the slopes!

50 Years of Going Beyond- A Whistorical account of Whistler’s rise to fame

It is hard to imagine that 50 years ago Whistler officially opened for its first winter season. What has now been named the #1 Ski Resort in North America a multitude of times (the first being in 1991) was not long ago a humble fishing destination called Summit Lake; the most popular summer fishing destination west of the Rocky’s. From the 1920’s until the 1970’s Rainbow Lodge on Alta Lake attracted people from all over Western Canada for its plentiful fish, modern hospitality and stunning location. The Pacific Great Eastern Railway opened Whistler to the outside world and the popular fishing destination became accessible from Vancouver in under a day.

It wasn’t until the 1960’s Whistler’s fate as a worldly acclaimed ski destination came into manifestation. In 1960 a group of Vancouver Businessmen formed Garibaldi Lifts Ltd. with the goal of creating an alpine ski mountain on what was then called London Mountain; at this time there was no road, no sewage and no electricity servicing Alta Lake at the base of the new mountain site. London Mountain was re-named Whistler Mountain in 1965 and the year after, Whistler Mountain opened for its inaugural season featuring a four person gondola, a double chair-lift, two T bars, a day lodge and several runs. At this time it was still a 5-6 hour journey from Vancouver on a single lane road but the arduous journey did not stop the world from experiencing Whistler and the legendary snow conditions it offered.

In 1978 construction began on Whistler Village, which was once the town dumpsite, and in 1980 Blackcomb Mountain opened for business featuring 5 triple chairs and 4067 ft. of vertical. Owned and operated by separate entities, Whistler was quick to come back by developing a series of new runs. The healthy competition between the two mountains saw a battle for supremacy and ultimately it was the customers who were privy to the latest and greatest runs, lifts and mountain upgrades. It wasn’t until 1997 that Whistler and Blackcomb merged to create one of the biggest and best mountain resort destinations in the world.

Now firmly established on the world stage as a must-visit winter destination, in 1999 the Whistler Mountain Bike Park opened offering a whole other world of mountain exploration in the summer months. In 2000 Creekside Village, the original base area, received a major facelift and it 2008 the Peak 2 Peak Gondola opened, a 4.4 kilometer expanse connecting Whistler and Blackcomb’s alpines together. The Peak to Peak smashed 3 world records: The longest unsupported span in the world, the highest lift of its kind in the world and the world’s longest continuous lift system. Not only did the Peak to Peak offer skiers and riders more accessibility in the winter months but it opened the alpine to hikers and sight seers in the summer months too.

The long-time vision of Whistler’s founders was finally realized in 2010 with the Winter Olympic Games. In the year’s leading up to the Olympics Whistler received upgrades such as the Whistler Olympic Park, Sliding Centre, Athlete’s Village, Olympic Plaza and a new highway connecting Whistler to Vancouver in under 2 hours. Although the Olympics has now come and gone, Whistler remains with these Olympic legacies and the residual benefits that come from hosting the Olympics continue to flow.

Mccoos Whistler has proudly been part of Whistler’s story since 1987 when Jeff Coombs and George McConkey had a hand written business plan and a dream to create a true local’s shop with a focus on service, selection and local relationships. Fast forward 28 years and Mccoos is still locally owned and is true to its core culture, values and products that were established back in the 80’s. Happy 50th anniversary Whistler/Blackcomb- glad we could be part of the story!