Opening Day Checklist

Drumroll please…

The countdown has officially began to Whistler Blackcomb’s 2016/2017 opening day weekend!

Yes, we know it is very exciting, in fact, we can hardly contain ourselves but first thing is first: the nearing of opening day means that it’s time to assess your current winter gear. A beginning of the season assessment can prevent many annoying or even disastrous issues that may kill your good vibe on November 24th when the mountain opens. While you twiddle your thumbs in anticipation, take a peak at our opening day checklist to make sure your gear is ready for another season of fun.

Goggles

Everyone knows that not being able to see can instantly ruin your day. Have a peak at your current eye wear and make sure there are no scratches obstructing your vision and that they still have anti-fogging capabilities. Older goggles tend to not have the current technologies that help fight fog and light changes. Not sure if your’s pass the test? Include a back up pair in your pack on opening day.

McCoo’s Tip: Having problems with your goggle always fogging up? Keep moving!

Base Layer

Baby, it can get cold outside! Like real cold! Don’t cut your day short because you can’t brave the current weather conditions. Make sure that your current base layer is in good condition, free of tears and provides the necessary coverage to keep you warm and dry.  If you find a tear, patch it up, or just pop in to McCoo’s for the latest base and mid-layer technology.

McCoo’s Tip: The term “base layer” also includes your underwear (don’t worry, we got you covered).

Outerwear

Outerwear isn’t just for looking good. It’s your primary defence against mother nature. Thoroughly examine last year’s jacket and pants for zippers that aren’t working, tears and excessive wear in high movement areas such as the elbows and the bottom. If needed, apply a waterproof wash and don’t forget to empty the pockets. Reaching in and finding that sandwich from 2015 is great way to stop the ski stoke with an emergency hand wash.

McCoo’s Tip: Ask any of our staff members to help you determine what you may need in outwear, there is often more variables than you may think.

Gloves

Mittens and gloves may seem like they are easy to assess but in fact, the obvious holes that can lead to heat escaping are just the beginning. One of the biggest concerns is waterproofing. You can jump the gun and wear them out in the rain but this isn’t very practical. Bring them out on the first day and have a back up pair ready just in case they get soaked through on the first run.

McCoo’s Tip: Mittens are warmer than gloves but you sacrifice dexterity as a result.

Boots

After spending the summer season on the shelf, your ski boots might not feel like they once did on your seasoned winter feet. Stick those bad boys on and step into your bindings. Then take a peak at the current condition, are they in good shape? Are the buckles and soles in tacked? If you notice any loose pieces, damage or change in fit, take them to your local boot repair shop to get them tuned and ready to go.

McCoo’s Tip: Looking for a little assistance on ski boot fit? Bring them into our shop. Our seasoned staff members can help guide you to finding a solution.

Although it may seem like certain pieces of your set up are more crucial than others, there is no most important item of gear, they all play an essential role in keeping you on the hill and out of the lodge. Have some gear that didn’t make it through our opening day checklist? Stop by the shop, we can help you get ski season ready!

Fall Adventure Gear Guide

Fall in Whistler is considered a transitional season, meaning that we are sad summer is gone and can’t wait for winter get here. It may seem like a season that is forever spent anticipating what’s next but it is actually a great time to be outdoors. Hiking, biking, and adventuring are still possible but do require a bit more preparation with the variable conditions that accompanies the change in seasons. With autumn comes cooler days, rain and variable weather conditions that are sure to test your gear’s performance. We gathered up the best fall adventure gear so you can get out, have fun and get your mind off of waiting for snow!

Jacket

The consistency of summer has been left behind and in its place, fall with its unpredictable weather patterns has moved in. Don’t get caught in a rain storm or unseasonable cold winds- an Orage, Rip Curl or Oakley jacket will protect you from the elements and ensure that your adventure continues despite the weather!

Toque

Did you know most of the heat is lost through your head? Who are we kidding, we can’t confirm that fact but what we do know, is that it’s better and not wetter when your head is warm and dry! McCoo’s has got all the toques, in all the styles that are an easy transition from one season to the next. Did we mention toque season is the best season?

Socks

Wet feet can be the difference between a good time and a bad time. Stance socks not only look great but they are built for performance as well. Hook yourself up with a pair designed for snow and have warm tootsies until next year when your feet emerge from hibernation and are back in sandals again.

Action Cam

Summer is a bit more predictable- nice weather, bikinis, lake days, etc. But fall, who knows what fall is going to throw at you. Monsoons, wild winds, early snow… Okay, maybe we are exaggerating its wildness but whatever is going to happen, you’re going to want to catch it on camera. Get an action cam- either a GoPro, Contour or Ion camera and make everyone jealous of what a rad fall your having!

Tools

Always be prepared for the unexpected. Throw in an RC or a Bakoda tool in your backpack for leveling up on being prepared.

Base Layer

We haven’t decided if we love it or hate it yet, but it’s gotten cold. This may just be the ultimate limiting factor when getting outside and getting among all the autumn adventures. The best solution is to dress for the weather and a proper base later from Smart Wool or Kombi will help regulate your temperature.

Don’t make autumn a waiting game. With McCoo’s fall gear advice, there should be nothing stopping you from getting outside and enjoying all the adventures that you can before the snow arrives. If you pick your gear right, you’ll be getting ready for winter without even knowing it!

Apparel 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!

 

What Action Cam Is Best For You!

Action cams. They can capture everything. Maybe it’s your vacation and you want to be able to show everyone at home how much fun you’re having. Or you’re looking for a POV (That’s an abbreviation for point of view for all you action cam newbies out there) addition to your footage to create the perfect edit. Action cams are versatile, compact and insane little pieces of technology. With so many options to choose from out there on the market, we’ve put together a cheat sheet so you can find the action cam best suited for you and your video needs!

Go Pro

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Your highest resolution action cam (think crisp, clear images). This bad boy boasts water proofing up to 40 metres and out of all the action cams on the market, the Go Pro takes the fastest burst image capture! Many of it’s other specifications are professional quality so you can create a high quality edit to schmooze the sponsors or just one to post on Facebook!

Contour

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Time lapse guru? This little guy is for you! Its long battery life of 3 hours and slow burst speed makes it ideal for capturing longer footage. The Contour  has also been reviewed as being the best helmet cam because of its super wide viewing angle! To put a cherry on top, it boasts an easy to use system, making it a great purchase for beginner videographers.

Ion

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This is a great all none little camera. It’s basic and doesn’t require any additional housing to make it waterproof. For those of you looking for sleek, low profile, and light weight the Ion is for you. Finding it so easy to take lots of footage? The Ion comes with 8g of cloud storage so you don’t have to worry about when and where you’re choosing to use your camera!

So go on, find an action cam that you find easy to use, offers the key features that suite your needs and fits in to your adventure so you can relive your Whistler moments over and over again. Have more questions? Head in to McCoo’s and one of our action cam specialists will get you sorted!

Inside Your Beach Bag

In Whistler, a lot of hours are logged at one of the many lakes. BBQ’s, sun tanning, docks, rope swings and even outdoor movie nights become part of your every day. With summer just around the corner, it’s time to start preparing and not in the getting beach bod ready way! Here is what you need in your beach bag to have the best time lakeside!

Battery Pack

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Don’t be caught with no battery so you can’t find out where the party is! The Outdoor tech battery pack has 6000 milliamps of power and can even charge a tablet, which is basically unheard of in the battery pack world. Oh yeah, did we mention it’s water proof?

 Swim Suit

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There is clothing optional beaches in Whistler but for all those other ones, your going to need a some thing to cover yours bits and pieces. Ripcurl swim suits come in all shapes and sizes to show off as much or a little skin as you’d like.

Sandals

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With only a few lakes in Whistler located right by a parking lot, your going to find yourself walking and bare feet are’t going to cut it on the trails. Grab a pair of Reef Sandals and be prepared to trek to the wildest locations to find rope swings and secret docks. Isn’t that what summer is about?

Towel & Sunscreen

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This is an obvious but often over looked necessity. SunBum sunscreen is formulated to protect those that live in the sun and therefore, fits our Whistler mentality of forever being outside. Tested, approved and recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation so you can lather up and feel really good about it.

Sun Hat

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Hats are so right now. Oh and they protect you from the sun but we are focusing more on how good they look! From wide brimmed sun hats to caps, we have all of them!

Make your lake time the best time by being prepared. You can knock everything off your list in one swoop here at McCoo’s; After all, we are your one stop shop!

Your Spring Riding Gear Guide

The forecast is showing nothing but blue skies and warm temps. It’s official, Spring 2016 is upon us and with Whistler Backcomb announcing it’s extended season, there is plenty of spring riding to be had.

Don’t be fooled, the sun can unforgiving and the temperatures can vary with altitude. In order to have the best time ever in the spring conditions, a dialled set up is required right down to your accessories and we are here to help you get outfitted with the spring riding must have’s!

Portable Speaker

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You never know when and where a party is going to happen when your with your homies on the hill and a party just isn’t a party with out music. The Spy Beacon is water-resistant, water bottle sized and best of all, portable. So be the DJ in the slack country, on the groomers or in the park.

Hat

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Protect yourself from the elements especially that spring sun and keep your long ski bum hair under wraps with a Hershel hat- Timeless and wallet friendly, they can take you from the hill to après!

Lip Chap

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This could be one of the most crucial parts of your spring riding set-up.  After the winter months of covering up from head to toe, the spring wind and the sun are not your lips friends. Avoid a serious case of a chapped kisser with hefty amounts of lip balm. Hurraw is about as pure as they come: vegan, raw, and organic!

Sunnies

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Goggles no longer need to be part of your on the hill repertoire unless your hell bent on rocking that goggle tan. Bring on the sunnies! Smith, Oakley, Spy- We have the brands that are sporting the latest technologies and look fresh.

Park Gloves

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Ditch the negative temp mittens and trade up for some park gloves. Keep your digits cool and protected with out all the unnecessary layers. Bonus: The thin layers make strapping in even quicker!

Vest

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Yes, it’s that time of the year when your mid layer can become your outer layer. A vest is a perfect way to keep warm but not too warm and to maximize your movement capabilities for all those slashes and rotations.

Spring skiing might just be one of the most fun times to be on the mountain, especially now that your outfitted for looking good, riding and hanging out. If you missing any of the above, be sure to stop in and get geared up so you can trade the freshies in for slushies and real good times.

 

 

Christmas Gift Ideas from Mccoos

Christmas is quickly approaching and if you still have shopping left to do for the mountain enthusiasts in your world, Mccoos has got you covered. We know Whistler lifestyle here at Mccoos, we have been serving the local population here since 1987 and have the best selection of gear in Whistler Village. Here are Mccoos top Christmas gift ideas this year.

For Your Lover of Fine Things…

My Package Underwear and Toque Special

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What man doesn’t love a good pair of underwear? Not only are My Package underwear good, they are the World’s Best Underwear. Gauranteed. With weekday, action, pro and weekend styles to choose from in a range of colours and patterns you cannot disappoint with My Package undies. Right now Mccoos is offering a special where you can buy a pair of My Package underwear plus a toque for $38!

For The Person Who Wants to be noticed…

Arcade Belts

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Arcade Belts are belts built different. They are comfortable, stretchy and just plain awesome. With tons of cool patterns to choose from and belts built specifically for play, work or both you can’t disappoint with this extremely practical yet surprisingly fun gift for the holidays.

For Your Adventure Junkie…

Action Base Layer

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Base layers don’t need to be boring! Action Base Layers have come out with a range of fun and funky patterns and designs so you can look cool in every layer of clothing this winter. For the adventure junkies in your life who love spending time on the mountain, a high quality base layer is a must. Ditch the boring duds and get them an Action Base Layer for Christmas this year.

For Your World Traveller…

Herschel Bags

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Made in Vancouver and sported around the world, Herschel Bags have revolutionized the way we carry stuff. Herschel Bags are artistically designed drawing inspiration from all corners of the globe. Not only are they a stylish accessory they are an absolute necessity for packing gear up, down and around the mountain.

For Your Star Warriors…

Star Wars Socks

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With the release of Star Wars The Force Awakens star warriors are coming out of the wood-works once again. Get the Star Wars fans in your life a pair of themed socks featuring favourites like Chewbacca, Darth Vador and R2-D2. Nothing says fun like a pair of Star Wars socks. Great stocking stuffers or presents for under the tree.

For Your Mountain Enthusiast…

Smith Goggles

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Smith Goggles are industry leaders in goggle technology featuring some of the most innovative designs enabling the highest performance on the mountain. Mccoos has Whistler’s largest collection of Goggles as well as the most equipped goggle repair shop in the Village. Give your Mountain Enthusiast a gift of high performance goggles this winter.

For Your Winter Warrior…

Toques

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Toques (or beanies for the Aussies) are a must-have winter accessory. We have a collection of toques in all shapes and colours- you can’t go wrong with a toque in the stocking this holiday season. Keep those noggins warm while cruising the pow this winter.

For Your Busy Body…

RipCurl Watches

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The busy bodies in your life will not be late for their next appointment or ski date with a Ripcurl Watch. Stylishly designed with colours and features, the watches look cool and have great functionality. Ensure your loved one is never late again with a RipCurl watch from Mccoos Too on the Village Stroll.

If you still have Christmas shopping to do- what are you waiting for? With these Christmas Gift Ideas you can get on down to Mccoos and start shopping! Check out our range of stocking stuffers and gifts for your loved ones this holiday season.

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

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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

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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

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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!

Start Planning Your Winter Wardrobe

It is always a bittersweet time of the year when swim suites and shorts get swapped for snow gear and sweaters. Long lazy days at the lake and epic memories in the bike park begin to fade as anticipation for the winter season heightens. You want to make sure you are geared up for adventure as soon as the snow starts to fall and Autumn is the perfect time to start preparing for the winter season. McCoo’s in Whistler has been around since 1987 and is the embodiment of everything Whistler. We stock everything a mountain enthusiast needs for a carefree mountain lifestyle or an adrenaline pumped season. Here are our carefully crafted tips and suggestions to planning your Whistler winter wardrobe:

Clothing

When in Whistler you want to look and feel the part. Mountain culture clothing is a unique style that expresses snow, fun, adventure and a laid-back lifestyle. Look for brands like RVCA, Rip Curl, Oakley, Armada and 10 Tree. Essential pieces include a quality pair of pants, a warm hoodie and a few long sleeved shirts for underneath. Don’t forget a hat to top off the attire.

Outerwear

Your outerwear needs to get you from the lifts – to the runs – to the Apres, all the while staying dry and comfortable. Buying quality outerwear is key for memorable days on the mountain. Look for durable, high performance jackets and snow pants. Ensure a waterproof rating of over 10,000mm and fully sealed seams which will guarantee the moisture stays out. Durable and quality apparel brands such as Oakley, Marmot and Orage will have you looking stylish while keeping you warm and dry at the same time. Layering is key to optimal comfort so don’t forget your base-layer underneath!

Footwear

The flip-flops aren’t going to cut it for winter (unless of course you are Australian). You are going to need a good pair of boots to see you through the winter in addition to your ski or snowboard boots. At McCoo’s we carry all the gear you need for skiing and riding as well as casual winter footwear to get you from point A to point B- rain or shine.

Accessories

Your winter wardrobe is not complete without your necessary winter accessories. You will need a good pair of gloves, a toque and some goggles at the very least. We have the largest selection of Goggles in Whistler with staff specially trained to help you find the right pair (there really is a lot involved!). For extra chilly days on the mountain you may require a neck warmer or balaclava. Other accessories to consider include a helmet and backpack recommended for safety and practicality.

Gadgetry

For those who want to make some solid memories this winter, don’t be on the mountain without your action camera. Whether you want to create a high def film on the terrain park or simply capture your holiday to show friends and family make sure you have a GoPro, Contour or Ion camera on hand at all times. You will also want to ensure your devices are safe with you while on the mountain. Waterproof phone cases such as Otter boxes are a must.

Don’t be sad that summer is nearing an end. Be proactive and start planning your winter wardrobe while dreaming about the upcoming season. Come in and see us at McCoo’s in Whistler Village. We have helpful and friendly staff available to assist you in choosing the right gear and apparel plus quality brands and styles for all tastes.