The Best Places to Ski in Alberta

Best Places to Ski in Alberta | High River, AB

Whether you’re new to the sport or you just want to get back out on the slopes, skiing is a great way to spend time outdoors in winter. To help you figure out where to go in your capable Tundra or adventurous Highlander, our team at High River Toyota has listed some of the best places to ski in Alberta.

Banff Sunshine Village

Thanks to its large size and variety of options, Banff Sunshine Village makes a lot of “best of” lists for skiing. The most unique part about this resort is that it’s not located near a parking lot and is actually at the end of a 15-minute gondola ride. The resort is comprised of three areas — Lookout Mountain, Mount Standish, and Goat’s Eye Mountain — totaling 3,358 acres of terrain with the highest point at 8,954 feet.

Marmot Basin

A little further north is where you’ll find Marmot Basin near Jasper. Although it’s a smaller resort, its base elevation is an impressive 5,570 feet, meaning you have a longer season to ski (typically from November to May). There are 91 runs waiting for you, including starter options to quite a few black and double black routes.

Lake Louise Ski Resort

Often described as a must-visit spot, Lake Louise Ski Resort has been home to several World Cup ski events over the years. The resort boasts a daunting 3,250-foot vertical drop as well as breathtaking views atop Whitehorn Mountain. Last year, the resort added a new quad chair lift in the West Bowl advanced skiers area.

These are just a few of the best places to head out on the slopes in Alberta. What other spots would you recommend?

Tips for Your First Time Snowboarding

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With the Winter Olympic Games upon us, excitement surrounding winter sports is at an all-time high. If you’re itching to pack up your Toyota Tacoma or 4Runner and head out to the slopes, here are some snowboarding tips from our team at High River Toyota.

Get the gear

Safety is crucial when you’re gliding down the side of a mountain. While it may seem fun to just jump on a board and go, you need to be prepared with the right equipment. SnowboardHow founder Lorraine Lam suggests buying a helmet, knee pads, wrist guards, and hip pads in addition to your boots, jacket, pants, goggles, and base layer of clothing.

Hire a pro

There’s no shame in hiring an instructor to help you on your first few snowboarding outings. These trained professionals will teach you important lessons so you can stay safe and have fun. Even after you’ve got the basics down, it might be a good idea to take refresher courses at the start of a new season.

Prepare physically

If you’re not in great physical shape, it will be difficult to take on snow-covered mountains. Even though it looks like you’re just swaying back and forth on the board, snowboarding takes a lot of core and leg strength to succeed (and not fall down a hill).

The most important tip we can provide is to have fun! Getting out there and taking on a new skill can be daunting yet incredibly rewarding.

What to Do If Your Car Breaks Down This Winter in Alberta

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Even when you take precautions, your vehicle could still break down and put you in a risky situation during a frigid Alberta winter. It’s a good idea to have a plan in place so you don’t panic, and these tips are a good place to start.

Stay Put

If you get stranded in nasty weather, it’s usually best to stay put in your vehicle, call for help, and wait instead of getting out and exposing yourself to cold temperatures and blinding snow. If you can still run the engine, it’s OK to turn it on for a bit to operate the heater, but keep a window open and try not to empty the gas tank. If you do run out of gas, keep the windows shut so the cabin doesn’t lose all its warmth.

Conserve Your Energy

If your vehicle is stuck in snow, it’s typically better to wait for help and try to stay warm. Exiting the vehicle and trying to dig yourself out could sap your energy at a time when you really need it. If for some reason it’s unsafe to stay in your vehicle, cover your face and bundle up as securely as possible and seek shelter out of the wind.

Be Prepared

You can’t always avoid a breakdown, but you can be prepared for when it happens. Keep your vehicle stocked with blankets, flares, food and water, a charged cellphone, and other emergency supplies.

It’s also a good idea to stay up to date on maintenance during the winter months so your vehicle is in the best condition possible. For your safety and peace of mind, schedule an appointment soon with the High River Toyota service department here in High River, Alberta.

Valentine’s Day Weekend Getaways in Alberta

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Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to hop in your Toyota and take your partner on a romantic weekend getaway in Alberta. Need a few ideas? Here are some great destinations to consider.

Kananaskis Nordic Spa

Kananaskis Nordic Spa boasts beautiful mountain views and an array of pools, saunas, and steam rooms where you and your sweetie can soak away your cares. Located less than 2 hours from High River, it’s close enough for a day trip, or you could make a full weekend of it with a room at Kananaskis Mountain Lodge and a ski date on one of the nearby slopes.

Lake Louise

If you and your partner love ice skating, drive up to Banff National Park and enjoy a day on Lake Louise, which transforms into an enormous, beautiful rink every winter. Afterward, you can relax at the deluxe Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and enjoy lovely mountain views, delicious food and drinks, and luxurious accommodations.

Heritage Ranch

Heritage Ranch in Red Deer is an incredible spot for a memorable date night. Along with high-end dining at the on-site restaurant, you can enjoy horse-drawn carriage or sleigh rides on the scenic ranch grounds, then retreat afterward to a romantic suite at the nearby Cambridge Red Deer Hotel.  

Wherever you decide to go this Valentine’s Day, make sure your vehicle is tuned up and ready by scheduling a service appointment here at High River Toyota!

Here’s What to Pack in Your Car’s Winter Emergency Kit

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As cold temperatures and snow arrive in High River, Alberta, don’t get caught unprepared — take steps now to get your vehicle ready for a winter emergency. Here are some of the most important supplies you should keep in your car in case you get stuck or stranded in dangerous conditions.

Winter Items

A blanket, extra clothes, and extra shoes or boots will come in handy to shield you from the cold. Your emergency kit should also include a big can, a candle, and matches, which you can use to warm the car’s interior. You’ll also want to pack a small shovel, ice scraper, and snow brush. Stash a bag of sand, salt, or non-clumping cat litter in the trunk — these can provide crucial traction if you get stuck in ice or snow.

General Items

No matter the time of year, it’s a good idea to keep nonperishable food and some water in your car. Make sure the water is stored in bottles that won’t break if they freeze. Other handy items to bring along include a first aid kit and seatbelt cutter, a wind-up flashlight, road maps, and a whistle to draw attention. You’ll also want to keep jumper cables, warning flares, and a fire extinguisher in the trunk.

While you’re putting together your emergency kit, be sure to also bring your vehicle in to High River Toyota for seasonal maintenance. We can change your oil, check your brakes, install snow tires, and provide a variety of other services to get your vehicle ready for winter.

How to De-Ice Your Windshield in a Hurry This Winter

Car Frozen Windshield | High River, AB

Getting up in the morning and dealing with an iced-over windshield is one of winter’s many little annoyances here in High River, Alberta. Fortunately, with a little prep, you can quickly clear your windshield and be on your way instead of spending several minutes chipping away at the ice or waiting for your car to warm up.

De-icer spray is the key

With a few squirts of de-icer spray, you’ll be well on your way to a clear windshield. These sprays are widely available in stores, or you can make your own. For one easy homemade spray, dissolve two teaspoons of salt into a spray bottle filled with water. You could also mix one part water and two parts 70% isopropyl alcohol.

Squirt and scrape

De-icer solutions have a lower freezing point than water, so you can always keep a bottle stashed in your vehicle. Spray a little on the windshield, and it will quickly thaw and loosen the ice so you can remove it with a brush and plastic scraper.

De-icing mistakes to avoid

Never pour hot water on your iced-over windshield. The sudden temperature change could make the glass crack. You should also avoid forcefully hacking at the ice or scraping it with metal, as these actions could end up damaging your windshield.

For all your winter vehicle maintenance needs, make an appointment with the service experts here at High River Toyota.

Driving Safety Tips for Rough Alberta Winters

Winter driving can be precarious, especially when the snow begins to accumulate throughout Alberta. If you’re wondering how you can stay safer during these chilly months, consider keeping these winter driving safety tips in mind.

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Keep a light touch on your brakes

Slamming on your brakes when roads are slick can cause a number of things to happen — including a skid. If you find yourself needing to stop quickly, remember to pump your brakes to help you stop without sliding.

Know your skids and how to get out of them

No matter how good you are at winter driving, you still may find yourself skidding on icy roads. If your front wheels have lost traction, simply ease off the gas pedal and steer your vehicle in the direction you want to go and don’t touch any of the pedals.

If you find yourself in a rear-wheel skid, you’ll want to turn your steering wheel into the direction the rear of the vehicle is moving, allowing your vehicle to straighten out. Once again, try not to use the pedals until you’re out of the skid.

Space yourself out from other vehicles

Increase your following distance between you and the vehicle in front of you so you’ll have time to stop in case anything happens with the vehicle in front of you.

Ensure you have good visibility

Before you head out, clear off your vehicle’s windows, hood, taillights, and headlights. This will help you see while driving. Be sure to clear off as much of the roof as possible so that you don’t send sheets of snow or ice at the vehicle behind you when driving.

Here at High River Toyota, we know it can be stressful to drive through our harsh Canadian winters. But with these tips, we hope you’ll have a safe experience on every journey.

Last-Minute Toyota Holiday Gift Ideas

Are you stumped when it comes to finding the perfect gift for the Toyota lover in your life? Never fear — High River Toyota has just what you need. To help make your search easier, we’ve put together a list of last-minute gifts for people who love Toyota.

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Toyota Apparel

If your family or friend really loves Toyota, why not let them rep the brand on their clothing? Toyota has a range of clothing options, including jackets, polo shirts, and hats, that have the Toyota logo on them, making the ideal gift.

Convenient Tools

Make sure your gift recipient is prepared, no matter what adventure they head out on, with a Toyota tool or other convenience gift. For instance, you can opt for a multi-tool to keep in the car or a small first-aid kit. You can even purchase a Toyota umbrella to keep in the vehicle for those unexpectedly rainy days.

Sports Gear

Whether you have an avid golfer in your life, someone who enjoys hockey, or a hiker, there’s plenty of sports-related Toyota paraphernalia for you to choose from while shopping for gifts. Toyota sells branded golf balls, hockey pucks, and much more.

Whether you’re looking for gifts, in need of service, or seeking out a new ride, High River Toyota is the best destination for all your Toyota needs in High River, Alberta.

Keep Warm This Winter in Alberta with Toyota Heating Accessories

Frigid, icy, snowy, harsh – these are all words that can describe winter in High River. Just because Alberta winters are harsh doesn’t mean you can’t stay warm in your Toyota during the cold months. These Toyota heating accessories will help you stay cozy throughout the winter season no matter how low the temperature dips.

Toyota Heating Accessories | High River, AB

Block heater

Cut down on the time it takes to warm up your vehicle with a block heater. With this tool, you simply attach it to your vehicle so the engine and the motor oil pre-heat before you start your car. Not only will it let you heat your vehicle faster, it will also protect your engine from working too hard, keeping it from wearing down.

Cabin heater

Avoid that annoying window ice and fog that covers the windshield when you’re preheating your Toyota with the cabin heater. This warmer can be mounted in your Toyota vehicle’s cabin, lowering the heating system’s energy output to save on electricity. It allows warm air to build up inside the cabin, combating the ice and snow that build up on the glass.

Trickle charger

Getting stuck with a dead batter in the dead of winter isn’t fun. A trickle charger is designed to keep an optimal charge level in your 12-volt vehicle battery, extending its life and making sure your battery has the ideal charge at any time.

If you want any of these accessories for winter in Alberta, contact High River Toyota. We can order and install them for you right away.

How to Protect Your Toyota from Road Salt in High River

Snow and ice are prevalent in High River every winter, and with these come plenty of road salt. While road salt is a friend to drivers, it can really do a number on your vehicle, since it can cause it to rust over time. Here’s how you can protect your Toyota from salt rust in High River this year.

Road Salt in High River, AB

Protect your exterior. Before it gets too cold, give your vehicle a wax and polishing to protect the paintwork. You can even go a step further and get your vehicle sprayed underneath with a protective coating.

Clean it regularly. While heading out into the cold with a bucket and sponge isn’t exactly practical in the winter, you should still make sure that you’re regularly cleaning your vehicle. Budget for regular trips to the drive-thru car wash when there’s salt on the road so that it doesn’t have time to sit on your vehicle’s undercarriage and exterior. This will help prevent rust in the future.

Avoid street parking. The streets are where all the salt is laid – and where salt trucks regularly frequent – so try to avoid parking there if you can. Instead, park in a driveway or garage to reduce your vehicle’s exposure to salt.

Get your vehicle inspected regularly. If you’re worried that your Toyota is starting to rust, bring it in to High River Toyota for a rust inspection. Our expert technicians can see where rust is forming beneath the surface and give you advice on how you can slow its development or stop it completely.

The best way to prepare your vehicle for winter is to have it serviced at High River Toyota. An oil change, heat system checkup, and winter tire installation are musts for cold weather.