Rocky Mountain Winter Sports Guide

Rocky Mountain winter sports

Up here in the mountains where Mountain Chevrolet is located, the locals are known for their passion for winter sports. Are you looking to get into some Rocky Mountain winter sports this year? Here are our top recommendations.

First, Get the Right Vehicle

Most winter sports require some heavy-duty equipment, like skis, snowboards, and snowmobiles. Make sure you can properly store and/or tow this equipment with a new Chevy truck or SUV from Mountain Chevy.

Second, Pick Your Destination

After you’ve got your new set of wheels, be it the Chevy Silverado, Suburban, Tahoe, or another truck or SUV, head out to one of the local areas, includingRifle, Grand Junction, Denver, and Glenwood Springs.

Denver has a number of winter sports locations, including Winter Park, Vail, Loveland Ski Area, Keystone Resort, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, and Eldora Mountain Resort. Denver also offers several winter activities like festivals, art exhibits, and ice skating.

If Grand Junction is more your scene, check out Powderhorn Mountain Resort and Grand Mesa, the largest flat-topped mountain in the world.

Here in Glenwood Springs, you can visit Sunlight Mountain Resort, go snowshoeing, or try Nordic skiing.

Try a winter hike in Rifle at Rifle Gap State Park and Harvey Gap State Park.

Enjoy your winter here in the mountains!

New Year, New Road Trip: Winter Destinations Outside of Colorado

At Mountain Chevy, we know our customers love to pack up the truck or SUV and head out for Rocky Mountain hiking, skiing, kayaking, and snowboarding adventures, among others, so we thought it would be fun to recommend some great winter destinations outside of Colorado for you to all try this year. Here are our favorites:winter destinations outside of Colorado

  • Arizona wildflowers: By the end of winter, Arizona’s wildflowers are already in full bloom. Some of the best places to take them in include Lost Dutchman State Park and Picacho Peak State Park.
  • Sandia Peak: Take the tram up the mountainside for picturesque views of Albuquerque, New Mexico, in the wintertime.
  • Jackson Hole: Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is one of the best places to snowboard every winter. Be sure to check out Rendezvous Mountain for the largest lift-accessed vertical drop in the country at 4,139 feet.
  • Snowshoeing in Utah: Utah is one of the best states for snowshoeing, with several resorts throughout the state that have miles upon miles of terrain dedicated to snowshoeing. Resorts include Sundance Mountain, Cherry Peak, Alta Ski, Solitude Mountain, Park City, and Snowbasin.
  • Birdwatching in Nebraska: If you’re tired from the slopes and need a more tranquil escape, consider going winter birdwatching in Nebraska, as the state gets an abundance of bright eastern meadowlarks in the winter.

Happy winter adventures, and happy New Year!

Buying for Winter—Trucks and SUVs that Beat the Rockies

If you are going to survive a Rocky Mountain River and still want to be active on the slopes every day, you’re going to need a powerful truck or SUV. Lucky for you, we’ve got plenty at Mountain Chevrolet.

Find trucks and SUVs that beat the Rockies at Mountain Chevrolet!

Browse these trucks and SUVs that beat the Rockies

The Chevrolet Silverado lineup (including the 1500 and the Heavy Duty 2500 and 3500 models) is full of best-in-class distinctions that will help you power through the tough terrain, like best-in-class horsepower ratings, best-in-class torque ratings, best-in-class towing ratings and even best-in-class efficiency ratings—because preserving the Rocky Mountain environment is important.

If you want something a little smaller, opt instead for the Chevrolet Colorado, named for our great state, which offers America’s best pickup fuel economy at 30 mpg.*

If SUVs are more your style, you’ll want the Suburban or the Traverse for their cargo capacity: The Suburban offers up 121.7 cubic feet of space for your gear while the slightly smaller Traverse provides an impressive 98.2 cubic feet. Even the smallest SUV, the Chevy Trax, is available with all-wheel drive for Rocky Mountain winters, and the Tahoe offers best-in-class fuel economy at 23 miles per gallon on the highway.*

Test drive any of these Chevy trucks and SUVs at Mountain Chevrolet.

*EPA-estimated.

Top 3 Tips to Prepare Your Truck for Winter

Per the motto of House Stark, winter is coming. While winterizing any vehicle is important and includes the basics like testing your battery, topping off your fluids, and checking your heater, trucks need some special attention, especially if you plan to take them out for some joyrides in the snow. Make sure your Silverado or Colorado is ready for a Rocky Mountain winter with these helpful tips to prepare your truck for winter.

Prepare your truck for winter with these tips

It’s All About the Lube

If you want your truck to truly enjoy the longevity it was built to have, you’re going to need to spend some time lubing it up ahead of winter. Lube all the locks and door hinges, as well as the tailgate latch and spare tire mechanism.

Don’t Forget the Wax

Your truck can handle the extreme road conditions of the Rocky Mountain winter, so it’s likely you’ll leave your car in the garage in favor of your truck. With potentially increased use this winter, you’ll want to give your truck a good coat of wax on the paint and bright surfaces.

Take Care of Your Weather Stripping

Snow and freezing rain can “glue” your weather stripping together, which could make it difficult to get in your truck doors. Use a silicon product to treat the stripping.

Have more questions about winterizing your truck? Visit Mountain Chevy for winter service on your truck.

Fall Trips in Your Chevrolet Bolt

The Chevrolet Bolt EV features an extensive electric-only range that makes it the perfect vehicle for a fall trip. This makes it ideal for those who want to preserve nature’s beauty for future generations, but its clever design and surprising spaciousness makes it every bit as ideal for those who want to experience nature in the now. The Chevrolet Bolt is a great choice for your next trip into the wilderness; here are a few popular spots, recommended by the team at Mountain Chevrolet, that are well worth checking out in your new Bolt.Fall Trips in Your Chevrolet Bolt

Iron Mountain Hot Springs

There’s nothing quite like paying a visit to Iron Mountain Hot Springs to put your mind and body at ease. Soaking in the hot springs relieves muscle tension and helps people do something that doesn’t come quite so easy with day-to-day stresses: relax.

Sixteen soaking pools range from 98 degrees to 108 degrees Fahrenheit. The quiet surroundings and scenic view make the trip all the more worthwhile, allowing you to forget about the concrete jungle if only for a moment.

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

Thrill-seekers and fun-lovers will enjoy a visit to Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. Roller coasters, a canyon swing, and zip rides offer a thrilling adventure and scenic views in one fell swoop.

After you’ve had your fun, continue your adventure with a tour of Glenwood Caverns. Featuring thousands of rock formations and the famous King’s Row, a trip through the caverns is time well spent.

Bear Lake

Taking an inexpensive trip to Bear Lake is made worth it with scenic views few places on Earth can top. From calm waters to luscious landscapes to snow-topped mountains, Bear Lake is an all-in-one setting that will take your breath away.

New vs. Used Trucks: Which is Better?

When shopping for a truck, you’ll have to decide early in the process whether you’d prefer a new or used vehicle. There are definite pros and cons to both choices, one reason we at Mountain Chevrolet have provided a comparison between the two options.

Benefits Of Buying New

Deciding between new vs. used trucks is no simple matter. According to US News & World Report, one of the major pros to buying new is that you know your truck has little to no wear, which means it will likely have a longer life than a used car. New trucks also come with the absolute latest safety equipment and entertainment technologies—like smartphone connectivity and Chevy MyLink®—and some special trims, like the Colorado ZR2, may only be offered for the newest model year.

Buying New vs. Used Trucks: The Colorado ZR2 is a reason to buy new

Benefits Of Buying Used

What are the pros of buying a used truck? Used trucks cost less, but they also depreciate at a slower rate. Some new trucks lose a significant portion of value in the first few years—usually due to a dip in demand—which means used cars are sometimes better investments in the long run. Plus, for truck owners who simply want a work vehicle, buying a used Silverado, among other trucks, is usually more practical. Not to mention, a certified pre-owned (CPO) truck is tested as being reliable and is likely to come with low miles and fairly new technologies.

Regardless of your decision, so long as you choose a Chevrolet truck, you’re bound to drive away with a great vehicle. Call or visit Mountain Chevrolet today to learn more about the pros and cons of buying new and used and see all of the great trucks we have in stock.

Top 5 Destinations within 5 Hours of Rifle, Colorado

It’s no secret that Coloradoans are thrill seekers. As a whole, we like to get out and enjoy the outdoors—by boat, by bike, by vehicle, and by foot—no matter the season. If you live in Rifle, Colorado, and have recently purchased a new Chevy Equinox, Suburban, Tahoe, or Traverse from Mountain Chevrolet, chances are good you’re itching to take your new Chevy SUV outside of Rifle and explore the great state of Colorado. Here are the top 5 destinations within 5 hours of Rifle to take your new SUV for the ultimate adventure.destinations within 5 hours of Rifle in your 2018 Chevrolet EquinoxColorado River:

If you like canoeing or kayaking, there’s no better river than the Colorado, which starts in our great state and flows through other southwestern states into Mexico. In Colorado, the upper portion of the river is calmer, ideal for beginners. The best place to kayak or canoe might just be the Glenwood Canyon region, which is beautiful, and just 30 minutes outside of Rifle.

Colorado Springs:

The city of Colorado Springs, 4 hours outside of Rifle, has a number of outdoor activities and locations to visit, including zip-lining, visiting the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, or going for a hike in Pikes Peak.

Rocky Mountain National Park:

Drive your new Chevy through Rocky Mountain National Park, 3 hours from Rifle, for scenic views and chances to spot wildlife. Be sure to stop by Bear Lake and Chapel on the Rock and try out the Emerald Lake Trail.

Denver:

The city of Denver, a 3 hour drive from Rifle, may have the faster city pace, but it also has plenty to do outdoors, including the Foothills Explorer Tour and a Sunset Hiking Tour.

Mesa Verde National Park:

About 5 hours outside of Rifle, this park features ancient ruins for the whole family to explore.

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New vs. Used Chevy SUVs: Which Is Right for Your Rocky Mountain Home?

2017 Chevy Tahoe

If you’ve got a home in the Rocky Mountains—be it Aspen, Vail, or somewhere in between—chances are good you’ll have a need for an SUV: to carry equipment, to tackle the steep inclines and snowy roads, and to escort your visiting family and friends. There are merits to buying a new SUV and to buying a used one—we at Mountain Chevrolet just recommend, of course, that it’s a Chevy. Not sure which option to go with? Explore the pros and cons below…

New vs. Used Chevy SUVs: The Pros of Buying New

If you go with a new Chevy SUV, such as the all-new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox or the 2017 Chevy Suburban, you’ll benefit from all the new tech that Chevy has made available—from 4G LTE Wi-Fi to a rear-seat entertainment system. And it’s not just entertainment tech that you’ll appreciate; you can also count on the latest safety technology and optimal safety scores when you buy a brand new Chevy SUV.

Other bonuses: You’ll also earn the luxury of a fantastic warranty if you opt for a new Chevy SUV from Mountain Chevrolet, you’re likely to get better financing options, you’ll spend less money on maintenance, and you’ll be able to get more efficient options to keep that mountain air fresh for longer.

New vs. Used Chevy SUVS: The Pros of Buying Used

On the flip side, if you buy a used Chevy SUV from Mountain Chevrolet, you’ll enjoy a much lower price due to lack of immediate depreciation—and you’ll benefit from lower insurance costs to boot. And because of Chevy’s long-standing commitment to durability and safety, even older model Chevy SUVs are designed to keep you and your family safe in the harshest of snowstorms.

Still can’t decide? Browse our new and used Chevy SUV inventories, which include the all-new 2017 Chevy Tahoe, Traverse, and Trax, and call Mountain Chevy with any questions today.

Chevy SUV Cargo Capacities: Room for Adventure

Chevy SUV Lineup

Chevy SUVs like the Tahoe, Equinox, and Suburban are perfect for your next adventure. They have powerful engines, tall ride heights, and athletic stances. Additionally, each of these models has an impressive cargo capacity, allowing you to fit a range of equipment and accessories for camping, hiking, biking, and more. Below are more details about Chevy SUV cargo capacities.

According to Chevy, the Tahoe has up to 94.7 cu-ft of cargo capacity, the Equinox gets up to 63.7 cu-ft, and the Suburban has a whopping 121.7 cu-ft of cargo space. That means you can easily fit a bike, groceries, luggage, and more in each of these SUVs. Roof racks are also available on these models, allowing you to fit equipment on top of the vehicle.

One of the great features that allows these models to extend their cargo capacity is fold-flat seating. That means you can easily customize your seating configuration by folding the second or third row in order to optimize space. So, if you need more cargo capacity for a road trip, you have it. On the other hand, you can easily switch it back for added seating.

The list of supplies and equipment you can take in your new Chevy SUV is endless. Visit Mountain Chevrolet to test drive each of these SUV models in order to see which might be right for your next adventure.

About Mountain Chevrolet

Mountain Chevrolet is your trusted Chevrolet dealership in Glenwood Springs. The reason why our loyal customers keep coming back – from the time you enter our showroom to when you service with us, you can expect to be treated like family, with each and every visit.

We have a tenured staff who loves what they do! Whether you’re looking for a new or used car or need some service on your current car, you’ll be working with true professionals who will take good care of you! We will beat the competition with our ‘Low Price Guarantee’ so check us out and take the short drive to see us and let us show you why people love us!

For us, “customer service” means making your car buying experience as easy and enjoyable as possible. You’ll find a number of ways that we make customer service the basis of buying and owning a car from our dealership:
  • You’ll find all the information you need to buy a car right here on our website.
  • Search through our extensive selection of new and pre-owned vehicles.
  • Request a price quote on a new vehicle of your choice.
  • Visit our departments. Our friendly, professional staff will exceed your expectations for personal service.
  • Enjoy prompt, quality service from our Service Center. Make an appointment or order parts online.