Best Skiing in Utah

Skiing in the mountains

The skiing on offer in the state of Utah is some of best in the U.S.A. and it’s only natural that many amazing resorts have sprung up around the state to accommodate the locals and visitors alike who come from across the country to enjoy the fresh Utah powder. Some of the best areas, however, can be a bit remote so having a full-size Ford truck can really come in handy when you just have to hit the slopes.

Powder Mountain

Powder Mountain has made a name for itself through exclusivity. The resort only allows 1,500 ticket sales per day ensuring that there is never a crowd where you want to put down your tracks. Due to this exclusivity, Powder Mountain requires a bit of pre-planning. During that pre-planning you may want to consider packing an extra cooler in the truck bed as dining options in the immediate area are somewhat limited.

Park City

Park City is the largest ski resort in the country and gathers crowds to match. Skiing Park City is almost considered a rite of passage for Utah snow sport enthusiasts. Park City is well situated to benefit from all the lake-effect snow that makes Utah such a skier’s paradise. The Park City town at the base is itself a quaint attraction and worth some time to explore. Home to the world-famous Sundance film festival, this location has plenty to see and do but the town is large enough it could be worth driving from destination to destination in a Ford with heated seats when the temperatures get low.

Snow Basin

Snow Basin is a lesser-known spot that still has a lot to offer. With a number of amenities and food options built for the Olympics, there’s plenty to do on the mountain even between skiing the numerous slopes and terrain types. The only downside is that there is no slope-side accommodation, but with a Ford truck the short 10-minute drive over shouldn’t be much of an issue.

If you need a vehicle that can get you to the slopes, check out our lineup at Westland Ford.

2020 Ford Explorer Introduces New Hybrid Trim

New Ford Explorer
2019 Ford Explorer Pictured

The 2020 Ford Explorer was revealed in early January at the Ford Field in Detroit, where Ford announced two exciting new options for its seven-passenger mid-size SUV: the performance-driven ST, and a powerfully efficient Hybrid.

The 2020 Explorer has been fully redesigned for the new decade, and the updates go much deeper than the surface. The Explorer ST will come with a new 3.0-liter EcoBoost® engine, which Ford has claimed produces 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque.

The ST will reportedly be able to go up to 143 mph, and paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission with standard four-wheel drive and selectable traction control, this SUV is designed to deliver more driving fun than any other vehicle in its class.

The Explorer Hybrid is another exciting addition to Ford’s lineup. This efficiency-focused model produces all the power you need in an SUV at 318 horsepower, and though towing and hauling figures haven’t been announced yet, electrified vehicles historically have exceptional torque.

The Hybrid model will let you travel an incredible 500 miles between stops at the pump, so you can stay on the road longer and spend less money on gas. While many hybrids and other electric cars have bulky batteries taking up cargo space, the Explorer’s battery is located under the second-row seat, so your cargo space is unaffected.

Here at Westland Ford, we can’t wait for the arrival of this new iteration of the Ford Explorer.

Indoor Winter Activities for Kids

Family Winter Activites

Kids love playing in the snow in the winter, but when the temperature is below zero, you have to bring them in from the cold sometime. When you do, having a range of indoor winter activities for kids will keep them busy and let you stay in where it’s warm!

Crafts they’ll have fun putting together

Kids love making crafts, so get your supplies out and get started on some winter-themed crafts. Toilet paper rolls, construction paper, and foam cups make great materials for cardboard polar bears and penguins, printable winter wonderland scenes, snowmen, and more.

Treats and snacks they can help make

It’s a great learning experience for kids to help out in the kitchen, and they’ll have even more fun when they’re making candy or a favorite snack.

Experiment with icy blue rock candy, stir up some hot chocolate with whipped cream made into snowflake shapes, or cut a tortilla into a snowflake and dust it with cinnamon and sugar. You can even just add decorations to premade snacks like string cheese.

Homemade toys they’ll play with for hours

These crafts might make a mess, but is there anything more kids love than messes? From homemade slime to play-based clay, there are tons of squishy substances you can easily make at home.

One of these is play snow, perfect for when there’s no snow on the ground and your kids still want to build a snowman. Baking soda and shampoo or shaving cream will form fake snow that kids will be putting their hands in for hours.

Of course, you can always chart a course to a nearby indoor destination when you purchase a new Ford vehicle from Westland Ford.

3 Reasons to go to the Acorn Antique Vintage Show

Fall Festivals

Autumn is the most wonderful time of the year in Ogden! There’s never been a better time to attend the Acorn Antique Vintage Show, with over 30 years in expert antique finds, so let’s explore three excellent reasons to go.

Variety

The Acorn Antique Vintage Show proudly features items from over 60 different vendors from the Midwest to the Pacific coast. This means you’ll be able to find elegant statement pieces for your home that no one else has or find the perfect DIY project to challenge you on the weekends.

Holiday Season

Start a new tradition this November and shop small! The Acorn Antique Vintage Show has all the special items to cross off Santa’s list for the holiday season. Tackle three full days of shopping specialty items artists brought to Ogden.

Family Fun

Load up the whole family in your Ford and you’ll have plenty of room for your treasures from the Weber County Fairgrounds. Children and parents will find something new through stories with vendors as they tell their tale about their finds and there will even be room for what you didn’t on purchasing. So whether you brought a Ford F-150 or Expedition to the Acorn Antique Vintage Show, you know you’ll have plenty of space for the family and the finds!

Of course, if you first need a vehicle to get you there, then come check out our collection of cars here at Westland Ford.

2019 Ford F-150 Raptor Engine Comes Standard on Limited Trim

2019 Ford F-150 Raptor
2018 Ford F-150 Raptor Pictured

Getting the perfect combination of power and luxury has never been easier in a Ford pickup truck. The American automaker recently announced that the F-150 Raptor’s popular powertrain will now come standard on the premium Limited trim level.

The 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor engine is a turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6 model that will give the Limited model the ability to produce 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. Along with this powerful powertrain, the Limited will also be the only Ford F-150 to boast a dual-exhaust system. With this engine, there’s no doubt that the 2019 F-150 Limited model will be able to complete nearly any task with ease.

Along with the Raptor engine, the Limited trim will also come with a variety of innovative features. An integrated trailer brake controller comes standard, along with a 360-degree camera with a split-view display that helps you hook up your trailer. You will also have the option of adding Pro Trailer Backup Assist.

Inside the Limited, you will have access to the FordPass Connect 4G LTE modem, which allows up to 10 devices to access the truck’s Wi-Fi hotspot with ease. You can also opt for a new Camel Back two-tone color combination that also gives you heated, ventilated, and massaging leather front seats, plus genuine ash swirl wood trim and aluminum-wrapped bezels.

Pricing for the 2019 Ford F-150 Limited has yet to be announced, so make sure you check back with Westland Ford in the future to learn more.

Day Trips from Ogden, UT

There's plenty to do around our lovely city of Ogden!

As summertime winds down, it’s time to make some last-minute summer memories. Located just a short trip away from Ogden, UT are various destinations for you to visit and soak in the last rays of summer sun. Here are a couple day trips from Ogden, UT – which you can stretch to weekend trips, if you’d like – that we recommend.

Heber Valley, Utah

The wonderous Heber Valley is located only an hour and 15 minutes away from Ogden, making it the perfect day trip, and sits next to the Wasatch Mountain State Park. While visiting, you can take a scenic ride on the Heber Valley Historic Railroad Line, take a dip in the hot spring Homestead Crater, and round out the day by grabbing some food at Heber Valley Artisan Cheese. If you want to extend your trip, you can explore nearby Deer Creek State Park and Jordanelle State Park.

Bear Lake, Garden City, Utah

Bear Lake State Park is located a mere two hours from Ogden and is well worth the trip. Colloquially known as the Caribbean of the Rockies, Bear Lake boasts beautiful blue waters because of the lake’s limestone deposits. In the park, you can camp, spend some time on the water, explore the numerous hiking trails, or even do some cave exploring.

If you need a vehicle to reach these exciting summer destinations, we here at Westland Ford are happy to provide you with your new means of transportation.