Today was my fourth day on snow this season and arguably the worst day of the season. Woke up around 8 AM to find it pouring rain outside! What a bummer after three days of half decent early season skiing.
It wasn’t until 12:30 PM that the rain let up and I was able to get on the hill. I got 4 runs in before it started to downpour and I retreated to my truck. About 15 minutes later, the rain ended and I got back on the lift. I got another 4 or 5 runs in before calling it a day.
In places, the snow wasn’t too bad but in others it was a thick, sticky mess of snow that made getting any speed on the flats impossible. The forecast is calling for snow tonight through tomorrow afternoon so here’s to hoping to a great day on the slopes tomorrow!
I kicked off the 2014-15 ski season at Wisp Resort in Maryland where I’m a season pass holder. Unfortunately, I had work over Thanksgiving and missed some pretty solid early season Midatlantic skiing. After some great early season skiing, we were plagued with warm weather and rain which annihilated any based Wisp built up.
My first day on the slopes was misty one. Visibility was not great. At times you were lucky if you could see 50 feet in front of you. (Made me happy to have fog-lights one my new RAM EcoDiesel)!
Overall conditions were not too bad minus the fact you could barely see. I’m optimistic tomorrow will bring better conditions!
As most of you know, I got my 2014 RAM Ecodiesel the day before Thanksgiving. As a result, I only had a few days of driving in November. Most of the driving was either by the dealer or other people test driving. I’m already impressed with the fuel economy numbers I’m seeing, and hope things continue to improve as the engine breaks in. Currently, I average about 50 miles per day of mostly highway driving. The truck was averaging 17.1 miles per gallon when I drove it off the lot FYI.
Here’s how the numbers broke down for November 2014:
Total Miles: 233 miles
Average MPG: 20.1 miles per gallon
EPA Estimated: 19 City / 28 Highway / 22 Combined
Current Odometer Reading: 233 miles
After riding around in an embarrassing 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee that was constantly nickel and diming me, I finally upgraded to the new Ram 1500 Big Horn Ecodiesel! I got serious about getting a new ride a few months back but was waiting to maximize incentives on this truck. After coming up short-handed at a few dealerships, I was about to it quits until I located what I wanted online at Solomon RAM in Brownsville, PA.
The truck there had just about everything I wanted including color (I was not budging on this), trim level, and options.
Here’s the specs on my new RAM EcoDiesel:
- Trim: Big Horn
- Drivetrain: 4X4
- Exterior Color: Black Clear Coat Exterior Paint
- Interior Color: Black / Diesel Gray Interior Colors
- Engine: 3.0-Liter V6 EcoDiesel Engine
- Transmission: 8-Speed TorqueFlite Auto Trans HP70
- EPA MPG Rating: 19 City / 27 Highway / 22 Combined
- Max Payload: 1,299 lbs
- Max Towing: 7,800 lbs
- Max GCVW: 13,500 lbs
- Electric Shift-On-The-Fly Transfer Case
- Remote Keyless Entry with All-Secure
- Trailer Tow with 4-Pin Connector Wiring
- 7 Pin Wiring Harness
- 26-Gallon Fuel Tank
- Advanced Multistage Front Airbags
- Supplemental Side-Curtain Front & Rear Airbags
- Electronic Stability Control
- Anti-Lock 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
- Speed Control
- Sentry Key Theft Deterrent System
- Power Accessory Delay
- Automatic Headlamps
- Locking Tailgate
- Rear Power Sliding Window
- Overhead Console
- Travler/Mini Trip Computer
- Passenger-Side Sun Visor with Mirror
- Premium Vinyl Door Trim with Map Pocket
- Front Armrest with Three Cup Holders
- Air Conditioning
- Premium Cloth Bucket Seats
- Customer Preferred Package 28Z
- Luxury Group
- Remote Start & Security Group
- Rear Camera & Park Assist Group
- Anti-Spin Differential
- UConnect 8.4A AM/FM/BT/ACCESS (NAV-Ready)
- 4-Corner Air Suspension
- P275/60R20 OWL All Season Tires
- 20-Inch x 9.0-Inch Polished / Painted Aluminum Wheels
Additional Non-Factory Installed Equipment I Added:
- Spray-In Bedliner
- Tri-Opening Tonneau Cover
Since the EcoDiesel is brand new in the United States, I plan on making frequent updates on the blog to give others out there an idea of what to expect. Below are some photos of my new ride! Enjoy!