Time for another roadtrip, and this time for a skiing trip with friends. I can't help it, I love roadtrips and I cannot lie. And my favorite part is the conversations that come from them. This time Ryan and I had the pleasure of riding with Ryan Jander and Tina Jander. It was my first time meeting them, and what a beautiful surprise!
You know that incredible feeling when you connect so well with someone? We talked about music, about pursuing our dreams, traveling, about cars, work and life in general.
This time we got to try another Mitsubishi and we couldn't be more excited. Diamond White Pearl is a 2016 Outlander SEL. I just love the size of this car, we were able to fit 2 snowboards, 2 pairs of skis + all the boots, poles, our weekend bags, an average of 2-3 Merin size bags, snacks and drinks and the guitar + 4 people. Not bad.
Before I start with the story about our fun and snowy weekend, check out the video we made from all the memorable parts of our trip. So - PRESS PLAY!
We drove to Whistler on Friday morning just the four of us and Elena and Carey joined us later at night. The drive was beautiful and while driving we were trying the different features the car had to offer us. We connected the bluetooth (Ryan Jame's favorite feature), and played some of Ryan Jander's music + my dear Celine Dion's cd :D.
Despite having the trunk full the sound system placed in the back of the car was still delivering great sound.
I personally love this car aesthetically very much, first the color, I have a thing for white cars for some reason, and I think the front of this Outlander is so cool. Even though the car had a third row (a must if I had to buy a car now), it didn't look too big from the outside which is a great thing for me. It is the perfect SUV car size. Like the other Mitsubishi we tried a few months ago, this was also very comfortable with beautiful leather seats. I honestly like cars that are black in the inside. No light colors for me! So this was really nice. I also really liked the gloss black-line accents in the steering wheel (see video and pictures) and other parts of the car. It gives the car a sophisticaded look that I really like.
Here are some of the features that we liked the most:
- Third row seating, 7-passenger (a must for me! I don't think I would buy a car today that didn't have 7-passenger seating)
- Dual-Zone heated seats.
- Rearview camera. (Always convenient!)
- All Wheel Drive (No more pushing the car on the snow)
- Push botton start with smart key (This feature doesn't get old, and I love that all the new cars come with it. I like not having to dig all the way to the end of my bag to find the key, you just get in, push the button and voila, we'll look for the key later!)
- Rain sensing wipers and Windshield speed-sensitive variable intermitent wipers. (It doesn't matter for you Californians, but let's be honest, for a weather like Seattle where you can have drizzle, mist, sprinkle, normal rain, downpour or thurnderstorm kinds of rain in a matter of 10 minutes... You truly appreciate that.)
- Smart cruise control (pretty much it drives on it's own)
- Cupholders at a very convenient place and plenty of space for phones and enough 12-volt outlets to charge our phones (this comes very handy for roadtrips and everyday use)
- Amazing audio system (oh yea, karaoke sessions!)
- Bluetooth wireless system (Ryan loves that!)
- 4-way adjustable driver seat (in other words, you can adjust every single part of the seat separate to adjust to your body and height).
- Break Notice (this was a new thing that I haven't seen before, if the car detects you are getting too close to the car in front of you, it gives you a notice that you should break, this was really helpful!)
The standard model of this Outlander SEL didn't come with the Blind Spot Detection System, which having tried other cars that had it, it is something nice to have since it 'bips' when you have a car coming on your sides whenever you are trying to change lanes. I think this is a great feature to have because it avoids having to turn your head to your side, which I think is a very dangerous move. But I believe you can get this model with this feature if you pay a little more for it, which I think it is totally worth it.
Overall the car felt safe and I would recommend it to anyone!
We got up Saturday, had breakfast at the hotel we were staying, got dressed and hit the slopes ready for a fun day of skiing. It was pretty warm which made it very pleasant and we had sun most of the day specially on the top of the mountain. We skied first in the Blackcomb Mountain, then took the gondola Peak 2 Peak, to the other side of the mountain. For those of you reading that haven't been to Whistler, Peak 2 Peak is a Gongola that takes you from one side of the mountain to the other. It is a very unique experience and it is the only place in the world that has this kind of structure. We had lunch at RoundHouse Lodge, we all agreed that there's something so special about skiing all day and then having a comforting meal at the skiing lodge, surrounded by helmets, gloves and goggles.
We wrapped up our skiing day soon after that and headed to the hotel we were staying. Now, random question: Has anyone tried a pop tart from Trader Joe's while skiing? Well, if not, you should, because it tastes like heaven (see video).
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