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EXPERIENCING BEAVER CREEK IN THE 2018 GMC YUKON DENALI

Sampling the sophistication and capability of the 2018 Yukon Denali while visiting the splendor of the Rocky Mountains.

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Thanks to a keen eye for detail, a drive to tackle new projects head-on and a deep love for technology, it’s no wonder Allison Fannin of Two Thirty-Five Designs is taking the design and social media world by storm. For everything from décor ideas, interior design inspirations and current trends, you can find Allison’s creativity in full bloom on Two Thirty-Five Designs’ homepageFacebook page, or Instagram feed
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Last week I hopped onto a plane, flying out of Texas, headed towards beautiful Colorado. I am a huge cold weather fan and literally jump at the opportunity to not only be around snow, but gorgeous mountains and trees as well. I was also super excited to be able to check out and test drive the 2018 GMC Yukon Denali in the Rocky Mountains.

I landed in Denver early Monday and immediately met with the GMC crew to get a run down on the vehicles we’d be driving. We had a quick overview of the 2018 Yukon Denali, which receives some new updates for the 2018 model year, before we loaded ourselves into several Yukon and Yukon XLs to set out towards the famed Beaver Creek Resort.

Beaver Creek is part of the Vail Resorts family, which made the location ideal. GMC recently teamed up to serve as the official vehicle of Vail Resorts, providing guests with the ultimate GMC brand experience, with signature events and experiences all year long and complimentary vehicle service on site. Many of these resorts have a GMC or two waiting to take you to your next adventure!

I had the pleasure of riding alongside Stu Pierce, product manager for the Yukon Denali, while we ascended the 11,440 foot climb towards the resort. We talked about the newest updates for the 2018 Yukon Denali, including a new distinctive grille element and new interior decor elements, including burnished aluminum trim and the Mustique Ash wood trim, which is my favorite. I am a die-hard fan of a solid matte finishes and this does not disappoint. I couldn't stop running my hands across it, taking in how smooth and rich it was.

We talked in more detail about the new 10-speed automatic transmission, which is now standard on 2018 Yukon Denali models. Working in concert with Denali’s standard 6.2-liter V-8 engine, the transmission helped deliver an incredibly smooth drive.

The next morning, we took several trips around the area to experience just how easy towing was in the Yukon Denali. We loaded up two trailers full of outdoor toys, like all-terrain vehicles, and drove around town. The power of the 6.2-liter V-8 and the strength of the 10-speed automatic made it feel as if we weren’t pulling anything behind us.

That afternoon, we headed out to zip line on the Rocky Mountains. As we drove up to 14,000 feet, I learned the smooth, refined feel of Yukon Denali is thanks in part to a number of sophisticated features, including Magnetic Ride Control. Magnetic Ride Control adjusts the firmness of the suspension’s dampers, and can respond nearly instantly to quickly changing road conditions. It can deliver taught firmness in corners, but be supple and comfortable over broken, potholed road surfaces.

We had a blast on the zip line for several hours before making the trip back to Beaver Creek. Our trip down the mountain flew by and I was excited to catch a peek at the 2018 Yukon Denali Ultimate Black Edition. This SUV is just simply a jaw dropper. I could not get over how dreamy it was. I took it for a quick drive around the resort property before heading back home. I definitely know what has now moved to the top of my wish list!

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  • Limitations apply. See resort for details.

  • The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price excludes destination freight charge, tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment. See your GMC dealer for details. Click here to see all GMC destination freight charges.

  • Canyon’s 7700-lb rating requires 2WD Crew Cab model with available Duramax 2.8L I-4 Diesel engine. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Sierra's 12,500-lb rating requires Sierra Double Cab or Crew Cab Short box 2wd with 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 engine and NHT Max Trailering Package. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Trailer weight ratings are calculated assuming properly equipped vehicle, plus driver and one passenger. The weight of other optional equipment, passengers and cargo will reduce the trailer weight your vehicle can tow. See dealer for details.

  • Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Requires Double Cab with available 6.2L V-8 and Max Trailering Package. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price excludes destination freight charge, tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment. See your GMC dealer for details. Click here to see all GMC destination freight charges. Bed/Roof-Mounted Bicycle Carriers shown. Requires crossbars or Thule Rack Solution. Non-GM warranty. Warranty by Thule®. See dealer for more information.

  • Available. Requires 2.0L Turbocharged gas engine.

  • Terrain's 3,500-lb rating requires available 2.0L Turbocharged gas engine and available trailering equipment. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • These maximum payload ratings are intended for comparison purposes only. Before you buy a vehicle or use it to haul people or cargo, carefully review the vehicle loading section of the Owner’s Manual and check the carrying capacity of your specific vehicle on the label on the inside of the driver’s door jamb.

  • Requires available 3.6L V6 engine. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Sierra Denali's 9,300-lb rating requires 2wd. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Trailer weight ratings are calculated assuming properly equipped vehicle, plus driver and one passenger. The weight of other optional equipment, passengers and cargo will reduce the trailer weight your vehicle can tow. See dealer for details.

  • These maximum payload ratings are intended for comparison purposes only. Before you buy a vehicle or use it to haul people or cargo, carefully review the vehicle loading section of the Owner’s Manual and check the carrying capacity of your specific vehicle on the label on the inside of the driver’s door jamb.

  • Savana Cargo's 10,000-lb rating requires 6.0L V8 engine. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Savana Passenger's 10,000-lb rating requires 2500 Wheel Base with 6.0L V8 engine. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR). When properly equipped; includes weight of vehicle and trailer combination, including the weight of driver, passengers, fuel, optional equipment and cargo in the vehicle and trailer.

  • When properly equipped; includes weight of vehicle, passengers, cargo and equipment.

  • Canyon’s 7000-lb rating requires available trailering package and 3.6L V-6 engine. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR). When properly equipped, includes weight of vehicle, passengers, cargo and equipment.

  • When properly equipped; includes weight of vehicle, passengers, cargo and equipment.

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