How To Save Phone Battery Life On The Mountain

We’ve all been there. Your phone dies just when you need it the most. It could be right before you’re supposed to meet a friend or worse case, an emergency. No matter when it turns off, it’s an inconvenience. While it’s not possible to completely stop your battery from draining, you can substantially decrease how fast it depletes. Here are some tips to help you save phone battery life while on the mountain.

Avoid Extreme Temperatures

According to Apple, extreme temperatures can play a role in draining your phone’s battery while on the hill and can even cause permanent damage. To prevent your phone from being exposed to cold temperatures, refrain from taking it out while on the chair and keep it close to your body for heat.

Use Airplane Mode

Switch your phone into airplane mode to prevent it from constantly searching for a signal. Whistler Blackcomb does have good service range but there are some areas where your phone might work extra hard for that one bar.

Turn on Low Battery Mode

Turning your phone to low battery mode reduces the amount of power that it uses when the battery gets low. This should prolong what little power you have left.

Dim Your Screen

Adjusting the brightness of your screen can have a huge effect on your phone’s battery life. Dim it when you know you’re going to be away from a charger for an extended period of time.

Be Smart About Your Battery Usage

Uploading that photo to Instagram might have to wait. Many apps drain battery life. You can check which apps are the culprits under settings and in the battery section. If some are worse than others, it might be time to delete them.

Turn off Push Notifications

Push notifications are an apps way of waving at you and also a huge power drain. Stop your home screen or lock screen from lighting up every few minutes by turning off push notifications.

Stop Location Services

Once again, those pesky apps are stealing your battery life. You can optimize your battery life by turning off location services in your apps.

Turn off Push Notifications

Stop your home screen or lock screen from lighting up every few minutes by turning off push notifications.

Know Your Charge Stations

Whistler Blackcomb has many charging stations that can provide you with a little boost should you be running low. Guest Services at Skiers Plaza and the Roundhouse are just to name a few.

Power Up

If you’re planning on spending the day on the mountain and know you’re going to be using your phone, bring up a battery pack. We would suggest one of Outdoor Technologies many battery packs that come with multi-function options such as a speaker or flashlight.

If you have any questions about using your phone on the mountain and related gear, come in and speak to the experts at McCoo’s. Your one-stop shop for adventures.

How To Après Like A Boss

Après goes hand in hand with ski season but there really is something special about enjoying a pint in the spring sun after a day on the hill.  Connecting with your buds and reliving the best moments of your ski day are all part of the mountain experience. And so is ending up dancing in your ski boots at 2am. So get ready to laugh, let loose a little and après like a boss with these tips!

Pick Your Poison

Pick what you’re drinking and stick with it.  Drinking from the early afternoon into wee hours of the following morning leave a lot of room for options but those options might make you miss a day of skiing. Also, stay away from the shot ski…no one ever regrets that the next day!

Eating Is Definitely Not Cheating

Fun fact: Skiing is hard work and burns a ton of calories. Replacing those calories is crucial in order for you to hit the slopes hard again the next day. And, it also enables you to party well into the evening. Grab a quick bite to eat on your way to the bar or even order a round of world-famous nachos while hanging on the patio.

Don’t Forget To Sleep

If there’s snow in the forecast, it warrants skipping the night out to get a good sleep so you’re ready for the first chair. Après is an awesome tradition, but fresh tracks and face shots will always take priority. Even if there’s no new snow, starting to après right after a day on the hill means it’s okay to call the night early. That’s the secret to being able to do it day in and day out.

Alternate Drinks With Water

Beer, water, beer, water. If you want to feel good the next day and make it back on to the hill, hydrate like you’ve never hydrated before. Sure, you might be hitting the washroom more often but when everyone else is complaining of a hangover and you’re not…it will be worth those few extra trips.

Dress For Success

Nail the après-ski style. And no, that doesn’t mean wheeling out your best cashmere, cat-eye sunglasses and colourful faux fur. It means being able to comfortably transition from being on the mountain to being in a bar. Try layering peices like a plaid shirt and a tee. Also, don’t forget a hat to cover up that helmet hair. To gain more insight into the world of après-ski style, stop by McCoo’s for some real advice.

Navigating The Terrain Park

Since skiing powder becomes a bit harder as spring progresses, it’s a great time to work on your steeze in the terrain park. But if you’ve neglected this part of the mountain all season long, it can be intimidating and downright dangerous to just drop in. The terrain park is an outdoor recreation area containing terrain that allows skiers and snowboarders to progress at performing tricks. The keyword is “progress”. Here are a few tips on navigating the terrain park that will have you pulling tricks out of the bag that you didn’t know you had.

Start In The Beginner Terrain Park

Most mountains have multiple terrain parks, each with different features geared to different ability levels. Depending on your current skillset, it can be either terrifying or tempting to hit the largest jumps you see. To begin with, it’s useful to identify if it is a beginner or expert park, how big the jumps are, and how big the other people in the park are going. This is both for your safety and the safety of others around you. What’s more, starting small lets you develop the basics you’ll need to advance.

Check Everything Out

Real talk: If you’re reading this blog, chances are you shouldn’t be sending features blind. Take the time to do a ride through lap and familiarize yourself with the features you will be attempting.

Learn Park Etiquette

There are a few pretty simple rules you should generally follow with regards to other riders in the park.

Don’t get in the way of park features

This means don’t sit or stand in the run-in, take-off, or landing of any park feature. Always try to keep these areas clear and when you hit any park feature you should try to avoid stopping in any of these areas. If you need to stop, always do it away from park features where you won’t get in the way of other riders.

Don’t follow too close to other riders

You aren’t a mind reader. Give space to the rider ahead of you in the park.

Don’t cut people off, but also don’t hold up line ups

Wait your turn but be aware when it is your time to drop in.

Try not to brake on the landings

Bails and crashes happen, that’s fine. However, try to avoid braking while still in the landing area of any park feature. It damages the features.

Grab A Lesson

It can be challenging learning tricks on your own. For expert instruction, Whistler Blackcomb run park-specific lessons.

Remember, everyone has to start somewhere, so don’t feel intimidated by better riders in the terrain park. It can help to look the part. Come stop by McCoo’s for all the latest gear trends.

Is There Such Thing As Too Much Powder?

Whistler has received 191cms in the past 7 days.

Yes, you did read that right. That’s a lot of powder and for many, it spells ideal snow conditions. We’re talking waist deep, light, and fluffy pow pow just waiting for tracks to be laid into it. Now, as each day passes and the centimeters keep accumulating, you might be thinking, “I need a rest day!” So is there such thing as too much powder? As the ski legend, Doug Coombs would say, “there is never such thing as too much snow.” But in case you’re starting to feel the effects of being a full-time powder-hound, here are some tips to get through the heaviest of storms.

Eat Right

Snow sports require a lot of physical exertion and when you add in pushing through a meter of fresh snow, you’ve just increased your work load even further. To keep up with the demands placed on your body and recover afterward, nutrition is key. First step: A proper breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks that include all the food groups

Sleep Well

This is a hard concept to take in but here we go…Pow > après. You see, après will be there all time during the season but the elusive powder, it can come and go. So get it while it’s hot and get a good night sleep to be in optimal condition for shredding the duration that the mountain is open.

Hydrate

You can feel like a million bucks until a dehydration headaches set in. If you’re having difficulty staying hydrated while you’re riding, load up a backpack and drink on the lifts or make sure to drink a lot after a day on the hill.  Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

Stretch

If this is your third day in a row, your legs are going to be screaming as soon as you make a few turns. Combat the lactic acid and decrease your recovery time by performing a thorough stretch both before riding and after. Not only does stretching help you recover faster, but it can also help you decrease the risk of injuries.

Take Care Of Your Gear

Not only is your body taking a beating when you are riding every. single. day, but your gear is also maxing out its capabilities. No matter how tired you are, take the time to properly dry out your equipment. When you’re getting all the goods, your future self will be thanking your past self’s actions!

Powder days are the gold of skiing and you have to get out there while the getting’s good. Take care of yourself and your gear to make the most out of the best days of the season.

Your Packing List For Spring Break

Spring Break in Whistler is a funny time. The sun is shining but there is still some of the best powder of the season to be had. Do you see the dilemma? How are you supposed to pack with such weather extremes going down? Well, we have made it easy for you by providing a packing list for spring break in Whistler so you can focus on what really matters, après duh!

MyBikini or RipCurl Board Shorts

There is nothing quite like skiing till you can’t feel your legs then recovering in the hot tub afterward. MyBikini and Rip Curl boardies look good, feel good and are right on trend. As an added bonus, this swimwear is built for surfers so don’t worry about it falling down or coming up when your cannon-balling into the pool.

HitCase

Your phone will your lifeline while in Whistler. Think about it, it’s how you’ll take pictures to create lasting memories, Tinder, or find your friends that ditched you for a pint instead of another run down Dave Murray Down Hill. Better protect it before you wreck it! Strap a HitCase on and forget about water or dropping it- this case makes it bomb proof!

Nixon Watch

Like you will need to tell time while on spring break but it’s a well-known fact that a watch, especially a classy, metal and functional Nixon watch, provides a great pick up line: “Have you got the time? [Gives the time] Cool, so you have a watch, me too, I’ll be here at 8, don’t be late.”

Smith Helmet

Trust us, when you get on to the mountain you will think you are Candide Thovex. It’s just the laws of being in the snow, the mountains and on skis. So also trust us and wear a helmet. Smith Helmets are the world’s best helmets and they are designed to take some pretty big impacts but that doesn’t mean the rest of you can!

Armada Base Layer

Don’t let the sun deceive you when you’re on the top of the mountain, it’s going to be cold! Armada Base Layers are fast drying as well as wicking so you can work up a sweat and then cool down without catching a chill.

Oakley Sunglasses

After a night out on the town, you’ll need a pair of sunnies to protect you from the light and that person you danced with for like, all night. Performace and lifestyle meet in a pair of Oakley Sunglasses. Some styles are now featuring the new PRIZM technology too!

Spring break should be all about having fun! If you missed packing anything or find yourself in a rare (but possible) March blizzard, come stop by the shop, we’ll sort you out.

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!

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.

 

 

Mccoos Staff Picks: The Best Runs on Whistler Blackcomb

You can spend days, even weeks navigating the terrain on Whistler Blackcomb in search of the perfect run. You can read blog posts, online reviews and ask friends and family for their top picks but no one will provide you better advice than a Whistler local. And not just any Whistler local. Here at Mccoos Whistler our team is on the pulse of everything ski and snowboard. We know the mountains like the back of our hand and can navigate it with our eyes closed, backwards and shin deep in fresh pow. Mccoos was founded in 1987 by Whistler ski legends. If you want advice on anything related to Whistler Blackcomb, the team at Mccoos are the people to ask.

To make sure you have the best day possible on the mountain, our team thought we’d share our top picks for the best runs on Whistler Blackcomb.

Ry – Million Dollar Ridge

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If you’re looking for an off-piste option away from the crowds, Million Dollar Ridge is a local’s favourite. Ry loves the fresh face-shots and ultimate pow conditions. Since this one is just out-of-bounds you’ll want to make sure you’ve got a guide or are with experienced locals before exploring this back-country terrain.

Peter – The Family Zone

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So maybe not a double black, but the Family Zone is the place to be for families learning to ski or ride. Peter recommends the Family Zone to guests of the resort on a daily basis and says there is no better place on the mountain to practice your pizzas and French fries.

Ash – Peak to Creek

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If you’re craving some leg burning action then head to Whistler’s famous Peak to Creek run. This vertical expanses from Whistler’s peak to the Creekside Village and is 11km of pure excellence. The Peak to Creek has a variety of terrain and is a great place to race when groomed from top to bottom. The best part of the Peak to Creek according to Ash is Dusty’s Bar and Grill at the bottom, one of the best après ski spots in Whistler!

George – McConkeys

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George may be a bit biased when choosing McConkeys as his favourite run, it is named after his legendary ski family but we agree, it does credit a top pick. The McConkey family are a house-hold name in Whistler, George is one of the original founders of Mccoos and his father Jim (who the run is named after), was one of Whistler’s ski pioneers responsible for firmly establishing Whistler Mountain on the international stage.

Sarah – Callaghan Valley

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Downhill is not the only style of skiing Whistler is famous for. The Callaghan Valley, although not a run as such, is a utopia for cross country skiing and Nordic sports and is Sarah’s number one pick. The valley, which is located just south of Whistler, has 130km of terrain to explore by ski or snowshoe. The wilderness trails and stunning mountain scenery make the Callaghan Valley a well-deserved top pick.

Before heading to the mountain make sure to stop in at Mccoos and gear-up for adventure. The team at Mccoos would be happy to give tips and suggestions for your day and will ensure you are fully equipped for the adventures that lie ahead. Mccoos is located at the base of Whistler/Blackcomb and their sister store, Mccoos Too, is on the Village stroll. The best powder days always begin at Mccoos!

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.

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.