Top Tips for Driving Safely in the Mountains
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Top Tips for Driving Safely in the Mountains

This summer many people are nervous about traveling, especially via commercial transportation. With the various concerns surrounding public and commercial travel, people are turning their focus to road trips focused more on places that will allow them to be outdoors as much as possible. Reports show that Denver, CO is a hot attraction for road trippers, likely because of its proximity to tons of outdoor activities including treks up and down the Rocky Mountains. 

Everyone loves a vacation up to the mountains, but before you leave home there are a number of things to make sure you consider. In addition to making plans ahead of time to account for the potential lack of cellphone/GPS reception and lack of services available in certain areas, these tips are a must-read before your next trip. 

1. Altitude's effects on your car

Just like you, your car may struggle with the altitude. With less oxygen available to move through your car’s engine, the engine may labor to keep things running smoothly. Sources say that driving SUVs or other cars with all wheel drive will help your car make the journey up to the mountains safely. Thinking purely scientifically, with less air available to your car’s engine, it may benefit from additional compression of air from a turbocharger

2. Changing weather conditions

Beyond the thinner air quality at altitude, there is also a chance that the weather can be harsh in the mountains and you can even experience snow at unseasonable times. For this reason, it’s always a good idea to travel in the mountains with cars that are ready for intense weather conditions, preferably cars with all wheel drive and all season tires. Driving cars with more ground clearance is also a good idea, so you are not caught in snow or have adverse effects of snow blocking your car’s wheels or exhaust

While it is significantly less common to see snow in the off season, there is always a high likelihood of fog at all times of the year (since clouds and other weather systems sometimes get trapped in the mountains). In some ways, driving in fog is similar to driving in ice and snow, with recommendations to drive slowly and not make sudden changes in speed or direction. Depending on the temperature, fog can also freeze onto roadways, creating a thin, slick layer of ice that can be hard to see. 

3. Blind roads + Wildlife

Part of the draw of spending time in the mountains is the expansive outdoors, replete with wildlife. There are tons of scenic routes to drive through the mountains, many of which include blind corners that may conceal wild animals. Even when weather conditions are clear, it’s important to keep your car in good shape so you can stop or maneuver quickly, without accidentally going off the road. Take your time on mountain roads, with the assumption that there might be an animal in the road around a blind corner, so you are ready to adjust safely for you and the animal. 

If you are driving in the dark, note that there are certain animals whose eyes do not reflect the light from headlights (commonly in the mountains: squirrels and people). Additionally, creatures like moose may be too tall to pick up your headlights in their eyes, and their dark fur and long, spindly legs in your sightline might make it hard to see them if you are driving in a car that is lower to the ground. Be extra alert as the sun rises or sets, as that is a time when many mountain-dwelling animals are most active. 

Driving with a conscious respect for weather and wildlife is an important step towards having a safe and fun trip up to the mountains. In addition to being in the right headspace to drive safely, be sure to keep your vehicle in shape so it is ready to perform in the challenging conditions. If you have a choice, look towards driving an SUV, truck, or other all wheel drive vehicle into the mountains, regardless of the season. 

Alpine Media has partnered with various resorts around Colorado to facilitate communications surrounding guest safety and changing weather conditions. Alpine Media’s All Mountain Platform shares out real-time emergency updates about traffic and road closures between Denver and the mountains, to make sure that everyone can stay safe out there. 

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What is the Alpine Media Platform and why would I need this at my resort/park?
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The Alpine Media Platform is a simple to use yet comprehensive guest engagement (and staff communication) platform that helps ski resorts, theme parks, amusement parks, water parks, museums, aquariums, and other attractions build, launch, simplify, measure, and maximize their guest engagement strategy.

The Alpine Media Platform is a leading resort software and app solution with a range of tools, including event planning, real-time operations reporting (e.g. lift & trail status or attraction status), base area maps with POI details, F&B menus, live vehicle/shuttle tracking, emergency alerts, notifications, and much more. The Alpine Media Platform consists of a custom mobile app specific to your resort (Android and iOS), digital signage (ranging from a 10in ticket window display to an LED 'jumbotron' of any size) and an intuitive, easy-to-use content management system (CMS) to control all your content.

We already have a mobile-responsive website, why would I need this?
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Mobile responsive websites are awesome and every organization should start there, but what happens when you need to get an urgent message out to all of your on-site guests? Is all the content on your website accessible when guests do not have an active internet connect? Do you have full control over the content on your website or do you have to rely on your web developer?

Moreover, we all know that every guest is different and how they decide to interact with your organization/brand varies widely. The Alpine Media Platform automatically 'pulls in' existing information about your resort and distributes it to additional channels (digital signage, mobile app, and text [coming soon]) for guests to consume wherever and whenever they want. In addition, our APIs make is simple for your team to 'pull' information from the Alpine Media Command Center CMS and show it on your website. You decide if you want to manage content through your website or through the Alpine Media CMS.

Synchronizing all of your resort information across the various channels should not require duplicate entry; it shouldn't require someone running all over the place updating USB thumb drives; and it definitely shouldn't require waiting in the IT queue for content change requests.

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We make every effort to get your resort activated within 2 weeks.  Most of the time, we'll have your digital signage solution up and running within 72 hours from receiving all the necessary resort information including contact information, design guidelines, logo, existing data feeds, and admin users.  As soon as we activate your resort, you will have the ability to add and control all of your content and more.  From there, it's up to you how quickly you want to roll it out to various locations. In fact, many of your resort partners start with general information displays across their resort and then continue to customize and add additional locations (e.g. F&B menus, ticket pricing & availability, in-room media for on-site lodging locations).

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We offer four different plans, Green (digital signage only), Blue (digital signage + custom mobile app), Black (digital signage + custom mobile app + shuttle tracking and point of sale integration), and Double-Black (full customization of the platform). Plans start as low as $500/mo depending on the scope. The best part about the pricing of our software solutions is that there are no limits on the number of users and virtually all of the new features we develop are added to your plan at no additional cost. We hate getting "nickel and dimed" and we promise not to do it to you.

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