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QUIZ: How Good Is Your Winter Vocabulary?

With winter coming up, the usual snow related lingo is entering our current vocabulary. Stoked, pow, and freshies are already replacing schralp, roost, and gnar. The snow hasn’t even hit the valley floor and we’re now talking about camber and which wax to use for the early season conditions. But how good actually is your winter vocabulary? We’re about to put you to the test!

BETA

A) Information about a selected route.

B) Your cats name.

C) A sandwich from Portobello in Upper Village.

If you chose A, your off to a good start!

SASTRUGI

A) Salami that’s more than a few days old.

B) Parallel wave-like ridges caused by winds on the surface of hard snow, especially in polar regions.

C) Your foreign house mates favourite drink.

If you chose B, you’re right!

MASHED POTATOES

A) A side that usually accompanies turkey dinner.

B) How you feel after a night out on the town.

C) A slang term for wet and heavy snow.

If you chose C, you must be familiar with west coast snow. 

PIT ZIPS

A) Jacket zippers located under the armpits allowing the user to circulate air through jacket on warmer days.

B) A snack you grab at lunch.

C) Those weird pants that unzip at the knee and turn into shorts.

If you chose A, you’re on a roll!

BOMBING

A) What patrol does to remove avalanche hazards.

B) Going down a slope recklessly fast. An apparent danger to others.

C) When you try to smooth talk someone and fail miserably.

If you chose A or B, great work! This was a trick question, and you passed!

EAGLE

A) The Bird, duh.

B) One of the Ziptrek zip lines.

C) An aerial with arms and legs spread apart. Usually happens instinctively when someone is new to the park, and going off one of their first kickers.

If you chose B, you must know your tricks. 

CRUD

A) Mud that has hardened.

B) A nasty crash.

C) Hard, lumpy, and icy. A nightmare to ski on.

If you chose C,  you must be a seasoned skier. 

So how well did you do? Comment and let us know how good your winter vocabualry is. And if you need a brush up, come on into McCoo’s and chat, we eat, sleep, breathe Whistler!

 

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5 Signs Winter Is Just Around The Corner

We’re always looking for an excuse to get excited for winter. As soon as the days begin to shorten, there’s only one thing on our mind and that’s snow. But when is too soon to start fuelling the winter stoke fire? Is it when opening day is looming or perhaps when you start pulling out your winter gear? No, we have found evidence that getting excited for winter can happen much, much sooner. Here are 5 signs that winter is just around the corner!

Dropping Temperatures

Feeling the need for an extra jacket? Chances are the lower temperatures are responsible for that. Once you see the thermometer drop into the single digits, it’s safe to say that winter is not far away. Grab a RipCurl flannel or one of their trendy light jackets to brave against the cold.

Frost

Better start leaving time in the morning to defrost your vehicle windows and make sure to bring out the salt to salt the stairs and driveway. The first frost of the year means that it’s cold and when it’s cold, snow is sure to soon follow. If you’re waking up to frost more mornings than not, it’s time to pull out your warm Hestra gloves.

Snow Line

As the saying goes, if it’s raining in the valley, chances are, it’s snowing in the alpine. And there is nothing quite like waking up to a new snow line. Watching the snow line creep closer and closer towards the valley is probably one of the most exciting and also frustrating parts of winter arriving. Can’t it just be in the valley and opening day already?

Ski Movies

Traditionally, every fall, a number of new ski movies are released. This is meant to initiate thinking about the up coming ski and snowboard season. Attending the premieres is a sure fire sign that winter is coming and a fun way to enjoy the anticipation with friends.

The Turkey Sale

The annual Whistler Blackcomb Turkey Sale is held every Thanksgiving long weekend. During the Turkey Sale, attendees will find unbeatable deals on ski and snowboard gear. It is a great opportunity to replace old gear or upgrade. Once you’ve got what you’ve needed, there’s no reason to not get stoked for the up coming season, especially with new gear in front of you! McCoo’s is excited to also be part of the Turkey Sale. Make sure to stop by to get your hands on the best gear at the best price.

 

September Adventures

September Adventures

Take a look around. The leaves are starting to fall, the nighttime temperatures are cooling, and Starbuck’s has brought back their Pumpkin Spice latte. As if you needed any more clues, summer is drifting into fall. With the arrival of September 1st, many of us are leaving summer behind and if you what’s coming, you’re probably okay with that. Fall is one of the best times to adventure. Not only are the colours glorious, the conditions for many of our favourite activities are all time. To help inspire you for what’s to come, here are a few of our favourite September Adventures.

Mountain Biking

There’s a reason they call it all-time, fall-time. It’s because the dirt is tacky, the trails are begging to be ridden, and there’s still enough day light to do it all. How does it feel to know that some of the best mountain biking of the entire season is before you?

Our Fav: An epic day long adventure into the Sprout Alpine. 

Hiking

Of course the views during the pinnacle of summer are stunning. But have you ever laid eyes on endless mountains covered in red, yellow, and orange? September adventures in the mountains can lead to some beautiful displays of colour and hiking is great way to take in.

Our Fav: The Peak Chair closes operations mid-September so we are all about getting into the Whistler alpine before it is too late.

Paddling

Take in the autum scenery from on the water. It’s not too cold to partake in this September adventure. It can be common to think that now that summer is done, so are the water based activities. But that is further than the truth. Alta Lake, Green Lake, and Logger’s Lake are waiting to be explored.

Our Fav: We can’t get enough of crisp fall mornings on Alta Lake. Whether it’s in a canoe or on a paddle board. Just make sure you dress for a breeze!

Eating

Yes, eating is a fall adventure in Whistler. During this time, many of the local restuarants come out with their fall dining deals. It is a the perfect opportunity to go somewhere that you haven’t been before.

Our Fav: Araxi, Bearfoot Bistro or the RimRock, we love all anything that offers a multi-course menu option!

September adventures are full of fall magic. The weather is still great, the colors of out of this world, and the evening light is as golden as ever. To make sure that you’re properly geared up for fall activities, stop by McCoo’s.

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Why Technical Underwear Is A Must Have

Most of us give underwear a mere second of our time. It seems way less important than outerwear, after all, it’s not braving the elements. And it’s definitely less important than protective gear. That stuff saves lives. However, we’d like to bring to the table that moment three-quarters of the way through a mountain bike ride, when things are rather sweaty. Yes, that moment when you’d like to peel off all of your clothes, yes, all of them, and let the breeze do some cooling. We’ve all been there and that moment is precisely why your underwear deserves more attention and why technical underwear is a must have. In case you need more convincing, read on!

Material

Breathability is all the rage these days and there is a reason why. Most of our beloved activities involve sweating and consequently, having a soggy bottom just goes with the territory. With technological advances, fabrics can now assist in moisture management. Nylon, wool, and synthetic hybrids are replacing Mom’s good ol’ cotton. So let your tushy bask in super soft, warm, breathable and odour resistant knickers while staying dry.

Fit

We’ve all got our preferences-boxers, briefs, bikini cut, etc. Whilst style is personal, fit is universal. You want your underwear to fit tight enough that they’ll stay put and not sag or rub, but not so tight that they’re pinching or discouraging breathability. Also, watch for coverage. Bunching or opportunities for fabrics to ride up into unnecessary places can result from improper coverage.

Abrasion

Speaking of bunching, abrasion is something we weekend warriors and athletes alike are concientious of. No one wants to deal with chafing while trying to perform. Look for technical underwear that has minimal stitching, a waist band that stays put and fabric that moves with you, not against.

Underwear deserves more thought and hopefully after reading this, you’ll be onboard with technical underwear. With so many brands to choose from, fabrics, and fits, there’s no excuse. For all your technical unerwear needs, come by McCoo’s. We’re happy to chat about what works for you down under!

 

 

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Where To Paddle Board in Whistler

Did you know that Whistler is home to 7 lakes? And surrounding the town are even more. This factor along with others could make Whistler a paddle boarders dream location. But where to start and what to bring on your SUPing adventure? We’ve got the lowdown on where to paddle board and how to be prepared to enjoy being out on the water.

River Of Golden Dreams

If you’re feeling like a National Geographic expedition, the River Of Golden Dreams is for you. This 3 hour adventure might just includ beaver sightings, fish jumping, and all sorts of stunning flora.

MUST BRING: A Ripcurl My Bikini to soak up the rays while you paddle down the river.

Alta Lake

The second biggest lake in Whistler, there will be tons of nooks and crannies to explore. What’s more, you might even end up crashing one of the infamous barge parties.

MUST BRING: A Corcksicle tumbler for your *cough* juice.

Logger’s Lake

The warmest of all the lakes, Logger’s Lake is heated from underneath by volcanic activity. Don’t be deterred by the short hike to get to this lake, it’s well worth the trek to get to it. If you’re feeling bold, try the rope swing!

MUST BRING: Sunbum sunscreen to protect your skin while you float through the warm water. 

Green Lake

Green Lake is the coldest of all the Whistler lakes as well as the largest. You’ll be able to spend a whole day wondering around its green waters. Be sure to visit the ghost town on the East shores. It can get chilly, so bundle up!

MUST BRING: A Mons Royale base layer to stay warm against the cool breeze.

Mile One Lake

Mile One Lake is located just south of Pemberton. It’s small but has a sandy shore to take a rest on.

MUST BRING: Oakley PRIZM sunglasses so that you can enjoy views of Mount Currie without the sun in your eyes. 

Lost Lake

Located right next to Whistler Village, Lost Lake is a favourite among tourists and locals alike. The warm waters, sandy shores, and easy access are just a few of it’s desirable qualities.

MUST BRING: An Outdoor Tech portable speaker for bringing tunes along on your paddle. 

Paddle boarding and Whistler go hand in hand. If you need the right gear for this adventure, come and stop by McCoo’s, we’re here to help you gear up for good times!

 

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Do I Need Cycling Socks?

There’s a number of pieces of gear that are obvious when it comes to mountain biking: Knee pads, elbow pads, helmet, and goggles. In addition to these, us mountain bikers usually gravitate towards clothes that allow us to move. But what about what we’re putting on our feet? Many of us don’t think that we need cycling specific socks, and if you don’t, you’re right. However, cycling specific socks have a number of details that can make your foot all that more comfortable when you’re riding. Here’s what you might be missing out on.

Wick Away Sweat

It’s no secret that mountain biking is a sweaty sport. You’re pushing yourself hard, especially during the spring, summer, and fall months when temperatures are high. As a result, your feet, among other body parts, are going to sweat. Wearing socks that are made of a moisture wicking fabric can help keep your feet dry. As an added benefit, these fabrics are often anti-microbial, meaning they are less prone to being smelly!

Tight Fit

There’s no room for loose garments in cycling. Loose clothing can be a hazard. It can get caught on bars, your seat or even worse, your chain. Tight socks are not only safer, they are healthier for your feet. The tight fit can support your arch and act as a compression sleeve.

Sock Height

The height of your cycling socks is a matter of preference. That being said, most mountain bikers opt for a sock that is higher than ankle height. This feature can act as a barrier between you and possible hazards. These hazards include your pedals, bugs, rocks, and plants that could be a skin irritant.

Breathability

The fabric that cycling and performance socks are made of boosts breathability and comfort. Breathability is important as it can prevent chaffing which in turn can lead to blisters. The fabrics commonly used are synthetic materials like nylon or polyester or natural fibers such as merino wool. Additionally, this feature helps keep your feet cool, dry, and not to mention, less smelly.

McCoo’s has a wide selection of cycling specific socks. If you’re still not sold on why socks should be part of your mountain biking kit, come on into the store to see the variety of socks we have in stock. Once you add this into what you’re wearing when you ride your bike, you won’t go back. We can put our foot on it!

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New And Improved Bike Park Trails

The Whistler Mountain Bike Park trail crew has been busy this season! There have been some new additions to the park as well as some upgrades to already existing trails. Hips, drops, and loads of loam are popping up in all sorts of places, making the bike park even more exciting than before. Now, we know that discovering where the trail crew has been moving dirt is all part of the fun, but to get you riding the goods right away, we’ve gathered up some of the new and improved bike park trails. Yes, you’re welcome!

DIRT MERCHANT

The Dirt Merchant rebuild started last season and as of late, has been completed. The wait seemed like it would never end but let us be the first to say, it was well worth it. What used to be a double black trail is now a pro line with the addition of some burly features. New drops, hips, and doubles have made their way into the build, and wow, is it good.

ORIGINAL SIN

This classic has seen some love and even the addition of a few new hits. The lower section now finishes with a hip right above the Oakley jump. This smooth exit might just keep you coming back for more Original Sin hits than ever before.

RIPPIN’ RUTABAGA

Rutabaga has made a come back and it’s so good! This trail had faded into the background and was able to be accessed through Dirt Merchant but often didn’t see much action. Since Dirt Merchant’s ascent into pro status, Rutabaga has turned into an option that riders can take instead of carrying on through the hardest part of the trail. Nice dirt and jumps will have you opting for this line more than you probably think.

CREEKSIDE ZONE

The Creekside Zone has seen the addition of a few new trails and even some new features. This part of Whistler Mountain is known for it’s nice dirt and beautiful builds. A word of advice is to pay attention for changes to some of your beloved favourites from last year. As the trails have become bedded in, new lines are appearing and can catch riders off guard.

The Whistler Mountain Bike Park has had some wicked updates and even some entirely new trails making their way onto the map. As if riding laps all day long could get better but now, there’s even more to choose from. Make sure your ready for the park with the latest and greatest mountain bike gear on the market. Come on into McCoo’s and let us outfit you for a season you won’t soon forget.

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Whistler Nighttime Adventures

When we were young, the waining sun usually meant that it was time to head home for the day. By the time we’re older, it’s almost engrained in us that outdoor activities need to be put on hold when the light finally leaves the sky. But what if the arrival of the stars meant that whole other set of adventures were waiting to be enjoyed and all by moonlight? Nighttime doesn’t have to put a spanner in getting outside, exploring and experiencing what the mountains have to offer. Open your eyes and perhaps, take on one of these Whistler nighttime adventures.

Night Mountain Biking

You haven’t lived until you’ve rode Lost Lake by headlamp. In fact, it’s probably the closest you’ll get to feeling like you’re in a video game. Weave in and out the trees, only seeing what is right in front of you. Once you’re done, stop for a quick moonlit dip in Lost Lake or to the Upper Village for a beer at HandleBar.

Watching The Stars At Rainbow Park

Stargazing is the perfect nighttime activity. Snuggle up on the dock at Rainbow Park and count the shooting stars. We can bet there will be more than you’ve ever seen before.

Vallea Lumina

A new addition to the Whistler round-up of activities, Vallea Lumina is walk through the woods at Cougar Mountain that is also a multimedia light show. Now, this isn’t just any light show. It’s a journey to a magical land and trust us, this is exactly what it is.

Hiking To The Train Wreck

Grab your headlamps and venture out to the Train Wreck. This is a perfect nighttime activity for those that like to put themselves in spooky situations. The glow of your headlamp on the 1960’s train wreck will surely make goosebumps appear on your arms. This hike is particularly great as you can take the bus back from Cheakamus right into the village for a post adventure beer.

The fun doesn’t have to stop when the sun leaves the sky and the moon takes it’s place- you just have to get creative with adventuring at nighttime. So grab your best friends, bundle up, and don’t forget some music when you head out on a moonlit evening full of activities. For all your nighttime adventure gear, come stop by McCoo’s…we’re even open late.

Disclaimer: As with all nighttime activities, it is important to be well-prepared and to be familiar with the area you are venturing into.

The Legends of Gaper Day

In typical Whistler fashion, any reason to celebrate is, well, a reason to celebrate. And that goes without saying, that the end of the ski season is a time to revel in all the powder days, the close calls, and the domination of lines that occurred over the course of the winter. The celebration goes hand in hand with costumes, and general tomfoolery… otherwise known as Gaper Day!

According to the Whistler Museum, Gaper Day has been around almost as long as McCoo’s, since 1996 in fact. It started out as “Ski In Jeans Day” and was an opportunity to unleash your on-hill style that has been confined to functional clothing since the snow began to fall. Over the years, jeans turned into more unique style choices like retro snow gear, bikinis, and more recently, animal onesies.

The chance to let loose on the hill and partake in fancy dress fast became a tradition. Since its incarnation in the 90’s, Gaper Day, celebrated on closing day, has evolved to be a local event of sorts. It might not be official, but everyone knows about it and plans ahead. This means booking the day off work and preparing a worthy outfit. So you maximize the season, right until the very last day, here’s a quick list of McCoo’s must-haves for Gaper Day:

  • Herschel Fanny Pack
  • Sunbum sunscreen
  • RipCurl Bikini
  • Oakley Prizm Goggles
  • Smith Chromapop Sunglasses
  • Oakley T-shirt for après
  • S’well Water Bottle to stay hydrated
  • GoPro Hero 7
  • Outdoor Tech portable stereo

Another part of Gaper Day is the celebration that follows skiing. After spending the day in the sunshine on your snow blades, head out for one last après with all your closest ski buddies. Visiting your local watering hole and dancing into the evening is just as much a part of the season send off as the retro ski suits.

Gaper Day is a chance to go out with a bang. Grab your best friends and shred the spring snow, dragging out the season as long as possible. If you find yourself stuck for Gaper Day apparel ideas, come stop by McCoo’s. We’ve been around since before Gaper Day, so we’ve seen it all!

Why You Should Be Stoked For Spring Activities

There’s no denying it any longer. Spring is officially here. We’re not going to lie, while winter is awesome,  the warmer weather and sunshine is always welcome. What’s more, with the change in seasons, comes a whole new set of exciting outdoor activities. From hiking to spending time on a patio, here’s a ton of reasons why you should be stoked for spring activities. We promise after reading this, you won’t be as sad putting your skis or snowboard away until next year.

Hiking

Hiking to get to the top of a rideable line can now be replaced with hiking to get to an epic view. As the snow melts, the hiking trails appear from underneath. Be prepared for the slushy conditions and changes in weather that come along with spring.

Must-Have Gear Item: A Mons Royale base layer that will wick away sweat while keeping you warm in the cool spring temperatures. 

Camping

The temperature is above zero and for many, that’s as good as any reason to break out the camping equipment. Bring on campfires, smores, and uncomfortable sleep!

Must-Have Gear Item: It’s not quite time to retire your toque. Bring a Coal Headwear beanie for those cool nights around the campfire.

Patios

Patio season! There’s nothing quite like enjoying a beer on a patio as the sun goes down. And now that the days are longer, there’s no excuse not to hit up your favourite after work spot.

Must-Have Gear Item: Layers are key in spring. Bring a RipCurl Sweater to bundle up in when the sun goes down. 

Mountain Biking

Trade the adrenaline rush of being on the hill for being on the trails. Mountain biking is always an exciting part of spring and a welcome change in activity. To make sure you get on the trails as soon as you can, check out TrailForks for the latest intel on what’s clear of snow.

Must-Have Gear Item: POC Joint VPD 2.0 Knee Pads for those variable conditions that make the risk of injury that much higher.

There’s plenty of reasons to be excited about spring. So when you find yourself packing up all your winter gear and putting it into storage, remember all the activities you can do outside. As with every change in season, there’s a change in what you’ll need to adventure and be comfortable while you’re at it. Come in and talk to our friendly staff about gearing up for your spring adventures.