Summer is a typical time when a car will decide to break down. After “manning up” through an icy cold winter, the hose just might give way on the radiator, or that axle will give a final sigh and snap. Remember, even if your vehicle is not experiencing any urgent repair needs, get it checked for summer conditions, such as fluid levels, and see if its time for an radiator flush. An annual Fort Collins oil change is highly recommended, and will go a long way in keeping your motor running efficiently and securing ongoing engine health.

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Your Fort Collins Automotive service is your ally in keeping your car running well, and addressing routine maintenance as well as any potential problems. Now for the good stuff. Your car is tip top, and it’s time to hit the slopes. Skiing and snowboarding in Summer? Well, not quite, but our many winter resorts offer all kinds of both cultural and physical activities for the summer. not only does heading up in elevation make a person feel better, and escape some of the heat. It is an excellent time to revisit winter resorts under completely different conditions, and experience slope activity minus the snow.

Let’s start with Steamboat Springs. It is a little over a 3 hour drive from fort Collins, and requires absolutely no driving time on I-70. head up the Poudre canyon, or go North on 287 to Wyoming, across to Laramie, then back down into colorado and Steamboat Springs. Not only is it a beautiful area with numerous lakes and high country hiking trails, the town itself hosts numerous summer events and activities. As for Steamboat Ski resort, the Vista Nature Trail can be hiked without a lot of hard muscle work, and offers amazing views of the Yampa valley. restaurants are open up on the mountain for those wanting to dine, and there are always those gondola rides for weary hikers, or just for the heck of it.

Heading all the way to the Southern end of Colorado, we hit Durango Mountain resort. Get ready for some incredible mountain biking in durango.  Take Durango’s Twilight Lift up the mountain and zoom down it on the resort’s all-terrain mountain-bike/snowboard hybrids. After that workout, enjoy the old west feel of Durango itself, or head on down into Taos in New mexico for some shopping and sun gazing. You will be very confident in your car’s health after getting your Fort collins Automotive service should the lure to just keep driving into more adventures strike your fancy.

Here are several of the other Mountain resorts, primarily accessible via I-70. head west young lady, head west, and prepare for adventure.

  • Copper Mountain

Copper Mountain boasts a  scenic chairlift ride that will carry you and your companions to 11,375 feet in elevation. Right on to the Continental Divide, and a restauruant featuring Cajun and Barbeque delights worthy of the snack on Continental Divide vistas and Cajun fare on the deck at Solitude Station Barbecue.

  • Crested Butte Mountain Resort

Because 12,000-ish feet in elevation may not be high enough for the intrepid adventurer,  Crested Butte has raised a five-stage zipline tour and a series of suspension bridges for added  high altitude thrills.  Zip lining just might be more fun than snowboarding, it can be quite a rush 1

  • Winter Park Resort

For the golfers, Winter Park’s beginner ski terrain transforms in the summer into  a challenging 20-hole disc golf course. Reached via the Arrow lift, you have the option of cruising back down on the mountain on the state’s largest alpine slide (with a 610-foot vertical drop).

  • Vail

Vail has horseback riding, a scenic gondola and world class dining. If you need to do some budget heavy summer adventuring, Vail is the place to go. You might just spot several celebrities as you dine out or shop.

  • Breckenridge

Mini golf here. Also, the bounce house, human maze and climbing wall at the base area. breckenridge also offers hiking, biking and horseback-riding trails, as well as some quality dining.

  • Keystone Resort

If your a hard core mountain biker, this is the place to go in the summer.Keystone Bike Park’s rock drops, gardens, bridges, berms, roller coasters will fulfill all your mountain bike dreams on 55 miles of trails. If you’re short on any gear, Keystone rentals can rent you anything you need.

  • Telluride Ski & Golf Resort

telluride is very remote and offers a variety of activities and vistas,

including the stunning box canyon. Horseback riding, camping, hiking and other activities are available.

  • Beaver Creek

If you prefer your backcountry transit to come with some ATV wheeling, pick up High-Mountain Adventure 4×4 tours at the top of the Centennial Express chairlift. Drive through a few of the Gore Mountain Range’s prettiest assets on incredible ride.