6 Tips for Winterizing Your Car

However difficult it might be to believe, it’s already November! That means winter driving conditions will soon be upon us. If you haven’t done it already, there is still time to make sure your vehicle is well-equipped for whatever Mother Nature has in store for us this year. Winter driving can be challenging. Here are a few safety tips to help reduce some of that stress:

Check your battery. Before it gets too cold outside, consider having a mechanic inspect your battery to make sure it is strong enough for the winter. This is important because your car’s battery can be severely weakened by the cold. Aside from the battery itself, your mechanic should also check the charging system, cables, terminals, fluid and belts.

Keep your engine oiled up. As the seasons and temperatures change, the temperature inside your car’s engine also changes. Accordingly, your engine requires different types of oil to account for these changes. During the winter months, because of the cold temperatures, thinner oil is better for your engine. Consult your owner’s manual for exact details.

Watch that gas tank. Be sure to keep your gas levels above half a tank. This is important for two reasons. One reason is that it will prevent your fuel line from freezing. The other is that, in the event you find yourself stranded for an extended length of time, you will be able to keep yourself warm by running the engine.

Make sure your tires are ready to go. Getting your tires checked before the winter weather hits is very important. If you have seasonal tires on your car, they will have to be switched to the heavier winter tires. Naturally, the benefit of having all-season tires is that they will not need to be changed if they are in good condition.

Protect your windshield. Keeping your windshield clear for safe driving requires paying close attention to a few simple details. Make sure your windshield wipers are in good condition and work efficiently. Also, be sure not to neglect the wipers on the rear windshield. When it comes to windshield wiper fluid, choose one with an antifreeze solution.

Store an emergency kit in your car. Keeping basic safety supplies in the trunk of your car is sure to come in handy in case you find yourself stuck our stranded in the winter cold. Here are some valuable items to include in your car’s emergency kit:

  • Flashlight
  • Flares
  • Blanket
  • Boots
  • Radio

Although winter seems to be approaching faster than ever, don’t let it catch you off guard! By following these tips, you can prepare your car for safe driving all winter long.

Do you have additional tips for getting vehicles ready for the winter? Please share in the comments below!

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Our Favorite Family Friendly Ski Resorts

Skiing is a core component of living in Colorado, an integral part of our history and culture, and one of the most enjoyable ways to spend time outdoors during the winter. We are lucky to have nine ski resorts along the Front Range within a two-hour drive. However, with rising costs and heavy traffic sometimes the hassle may not seem worth it.

We have compiled a list of our favorite family friendly ski resorts along the Front Range to ensure everyone has a great day:

1) Loveland Ski Area Situated 12 miles outside of Georgetown right at the Eisenhower tunnel, Loveland ski area provides all the aspects of a world class ski resort for a fraction of the cost. They have a separate bunny hill away from the rest of the mountain, which means less pressure on beginners, and an excellent ski school. Couple all that with an average of 423 inches of snow per year (more than any other Front Range resort) and you have a hidden gem. Cost of a day pass: Adult $63, Children (6-14) $28, children 5 and under free.

2) Eldora 21 miles West of Boulder, above the town of Nederland, lays Eldora ski resort. Eldora stands out for its inexpensive ski passes, non-existent lift lines, and easy terrain—making it a great choice to learn how to ski. Added bonus: since Eldora is situated off the beaten path there’s no having to jockey traffic to get up and down I-70. Cost of a day pass: Adult $89, Children (6-15) $49, children 5 and under free.

3) Arapahoe Basin The Legend—one of the oldest ski resorts in Colorado, A-Basin has great expert terrain for those who are looking for more of a challenge. Their high alpine terrain also means that they are one of the first resorts opened in all of North America each season, and one of the last to close. The atmosphere at A-Basin is second to none, and everyone is in high spirits, making this as fun a place as any to ski. They also offer ski lessons that accommodate all types of skiers and snowboarders. Cost of a day pass: Adult $85, youth (15-18) $70, child (6-14) $40, children 5 and under free.

4) Copper Mountain Copper is a local favorite of many Denver area skiers offering naturally divided terrain, large 4-person and 6-person lifts that access beautiful corduroy groomers and inexpensive and discount lift tickets. Coupled with their ski school, Copper Mountain offers a ski school program known as Copper Choppers, which buses kids up and back from locations throughout the Denver Area, and takes them to the mountain where they get ski and snowboard lessons. Cost of lift ticket: Adult $138, Children (6-12) $69, Children 5 and under free.

5) Winter Park/Mary Jane Another local favorite, Winter Park sits on the other side of Berthoud Pass and avoids much of the dreadful traffic that is associated with I-70. This Mountain has everything: great easy terrain for beginners, a separate mountain “Mary Jane” for more difficult skiing, free and easily accessible parking, and a great atmosphere. They also offer a program similar to Copper Choppers known as the Eskimo Club. Cost of a day pass: Adult $129, Child (6-12) $74, children 5 and under free.

If you are looking for affordability, numerous ski resorts offer reduced lift ticket prices and 4-pack deals, which are far more inexpensive to buy in the summer. The State of Colorado also has a program where 5th graders can ski at 20 different ski areas for three days apiece, free of charge! And 6th graders only have to pay $99 for four days! Learn more about this program here. Remember, with any physical activity safety is of top importance so be sure to wear a helmet and proper equipment.

Skiing and snowboarding is one of the best ways to spend one’s winter, and our family favorite resorts are affordable, easily accessible, and provide great terrain to learn to ski and snowboard. What is your favorite resort to ski/snowboard? Why should your resort be on our list? Tell us in the comments below.