The weather is warm, nature has bloomed, and now is the perfect time to head out on the hiking trail. But what if you’ve never hiked before? Never fear, we’re here to help you get started. Here are some hiking tips for beginners to keep in mind as you prepare for your first hike.
Start small. You don’t want to push yourself too hard the first time you head out on the trail. That’s why you should select a shorter hike for your first time, eventually building up to bigger ones.
Check the weather. It’s important that you dress appropriately for the weather, so make sure you continually check the weather before you head out. Pack according to the weather, too.
Pack the essentials. Whenever you head out on a trail, you should make sure that you pack ten essential systems to stay safe. This includes:
Navigation like a map and compass
Flashlight or headlamp
Repair kit and tools
Wear the right shoes and socks. Hiking will do a number on your feet, so it’s important that you invest in good hiking shoes and socks. Choose only wool or synthetic socks and pack blister dressings just in case you end up with a bad one.
If you’re in need of a new Chevy to transport you to and from hiking destinations, stop by Mountain Chevrolet. We’ll help you find the right vehicle to match your lifestyle and preferences.
It’s a new year, which is often a time for us to resolve to be better people and make changes in our lives. You should also resolve to take better care of your vehicle, starting with vehicle service right off the bat. Here are some of the things you can do to get your vehicle started off on the right foot—or rather, tire—this year.
Get your oil changed: Bring your vehicle in for its routine oil change at Mountain Chevrolet. We can also rotate your tires to ensure even wear.
Wash your car: Road salt from wintry weather can damage your vehicle over time. Regularly wash your vehicle throughout the year, but start with one right now.
Change your air filter: Get some fresh air in the new year by replacing your cabin air filter at Mountain Chevrolet.
Install winter tires: Up here in the mountains of Colorado, winter tires are crucial to ensuring your safety behind the wheel. Purchase your winter tires here at Mountain Chevrolet—and we can install them for you, too.
Test your lights, brakes, and battery: Make sure these crucial vehicle components are in working order. If you bring your vehicle in for maintenance, we can check these things for you.
Chevrolet has been hinting at the return of the Blazer nameplate for a while, and the American carmaker recently announced that the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer is ready to rock the industry.
Each Blazer model will have one of two engine options under the hood, both of which come paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission. The first is the standard 25-liter inline four-cylinder engine, which puts out 193 horsepower and 188 lb-ft of torque. A 3.6-liter V6 engine is also available, producing 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. This available engine will allow this revived crossover to tow up to 4,500 pounds.
Each Blazer will also come with standard Traction Select to provide you with better handling no matter the road conditions. An advanced twin-clutch all-wheel-drive technology will also be standard on the RS and Premier trim levels.
Though Chevrolet hasn’t released the exact trim levels that will be available, we do know that the more notable options include the sporty, blacked-out RS model and the luxurious Premier trim, which will add chrome accents throughout the crossover. Both of these trims will have a standard hands-free power liftgate and a Chevy-first cargo management system.
Standard features for the Blazer include the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system with an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™, and 4G LTE Wi-Fi® capability. You will also find available features like wireless charging and Hitch Guidance and Hitch View technology.
The newest addition to Chevy’s lineup is expected to arrive at dealerships in early 2019. For more information, visit us at Mountain Chevrolet or give us a call. Our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Up here in the mountains, we are in a prime real estate for weekend road trip adventures, whether you are off to go camping, snowboarding, kayaking, or finding luxury in a hotel in a nearby city. Mountain Chevrolet offers a wide range of cars, trucks, and SUVs, many of which are great for such getaways, but the models below are our favorite Chevy vehicles for road trips:
Chevy’s largest SUV is great for larger families hitting the road — or families or groups of friends with a lot of gear for their favorite mountain sports. In fact, the 2018 Suburban offers up to 121.7 cubic feet of cargo volume.
Chevy Silverado 1500
While the larger Chevy Silverado Heavy Duty models offer increased towing, the Silverado 1500 model is strong enough to take your boat, camper, or trailer out for a week of adventuring. With the 6.2-liter V8 engine, the Silverado 1500 can tow up to 12,500 pounds. Plus, the Silverado is the most dependable, longest-lasting truck on the road, according to registration data from the last three decades.
Chevy’s largest sedan is plenty roomy for smaller families — with spare space to store luggage. More importantly, the Impala is incredibly efficient, offering up to 30 miles per gallon on the highway with the standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine.*
To learn more about any of these three models, or to test drive your favorite, stop by Mountain Chevrolet and speak to one of our sales representatives.
Chevrolet’s full lineup of vehicles is perfectly suited for Colorado roads. The efficient Volt and Bolt can take you long ranges without refueling. The small Malibu and Spark are perfect for navigating Denver’s city streets, and large SUVs and pickups like the Chevy Tahoe and Silverado tackle the harsh conditions and steep inclines of the Rocky Mountains without issue.
If you are new to pickup trucks and plan to get one for Colorado’s wintry roads, consult our guide for first-time truck owners.
Blind spots: When you adjust your mirrors in your new truck, you will notice that you have new blind spots you are not used to from driving smaller cars. Become familiar with where your blind spots are before entering the roadway.
Turning and reversing: You are in a much larger vehicle when you own a pickup, which can make turning and going in reverse more of a challenge. Practice in an empty parking lot, making sure to use your rearview camera and mirrors to your advantage. Before attempting to reverse when towing or hauling, watch some online tutorials or ask a veteran truck driver for tips.
Weight: Pickup trucks are much heavier than smaller cars — often by more than 2,000 pounds. This means your momentum when driving is much greater, so take it slow and give yourself plenty of time and room to brake.
If you’re on the hunt for a new pickup to add to your garage, stop by Mountain Chevrolet. We have a wide selection of new and used trucks to take you on your next adventure.