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.

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!

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!