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Subaru WinterFest coming to nine ski resorts nationwide in 2020

Subaru WinterFest is returning in 2020.

Photo courtesy of Subaru of America, Inc.

Subaru WinterFest is bringing winter fun to ski slopes across the country once again in 2020. The nine-resort tour features live music, complementary snacks and refreshments, activities for dogs (select resorts only), giveaways, and gear demos.

Each stop on the tour will include shows from national touring bluegrass, indie, and Americana bands such as Shakey Graves, Billy Strings, The Infamous Stringdusters, Railroad Earth, The Lil Smokies, Fruition and more.

Harman Kardon Subaru WinterFest stageThe tour includes live music from bluegrass, indie, and Americana bands.Photo courtesy of Subaru of America, Inc.

Attendees can demo the latest gear from Nordica, Lib Tech, SHRED, Thule, and other partners who will also have daily giveaways on-site.

There will be lawn games, hammocks to relax in, and hangout zones with fire pits by Solo Stove. Attendees can also enjoy exclusive mountain gondola rides, tram jam sessions, intimate backcountry YURT concerts, and more.

Resorts that welcome dogs will have games, guided training sessions, photo opps, and giveaways at the Super ChewerOutpost by BARK.

Subaru snow patrol mountain dogsSubaru is donating to the Subaru National Ski Patrol Avalanche Rescue Dog Scholarship Fund for every person that fills out a Subaru information form.Photo courtesy of Subaru of America, Inc.

Refreshments from Chocolove, KIND Healthy Snacks, La Colombe Coffee Roasters, and SMASHMALLOW will be available.

Attendees can also check out the latest vehicles in the Subaru lineup including the 2020 Subaru Outback and 2020 Subaru Legacy.

In keeping with their green-friendly focus as a company, Subaru WinterFest will again implement green event practices including expanded recycling collection with TerraCycle® and waste reduction education with Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.

For every Subaru information form received, Subaru will donate $1 to the Subaru National Ski Patrol Avalanche Rescue Dog Scholarship Fund, which was created together with NSP to send avalanche rescue K-9 teams of dogs and their handlers to the biannual Wasatch Backcountry Rescue's International Dog School.

The 2020 edition of Subaru WinterFest is filled with fun for all ages.Photo courtesy of Subaru of America, Inc.

Subaru owners will also receive VIP parking and special gifts (while supplies last).

Locations of this year's WinterFest include:

  • February 1 – Jack Frost, Big Boulder, PA
  • February 8-9 - Snowshoe Mountain, WV
  • February 21-23 - Killington Mountain Resort, VT
  • February 28– March 1 - Copper Mountain Resort, CO
  • March 6-9 - Snowbird Ski Resort, UT
  • March 14-15 - Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort, CA
  • March 20–22 - Boreal Mountain Resort, CA
  • March 27-29 - Eldora Mountain Resort, CO
  • April 3–5 - Mt. Bachelor, OR

For more information on Subaru WinterFest visit www.subaru.com/winterfest.

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The Ascent got updated styling and fresh tech.

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Subaru's lineup is full of useful, adventure-ready vehicles, but most are not accommodating for full-size families. The Ascent solved that issue for the automaker a few years ago, and has been a popular family option since. It got a mild update for 2023 with a facelift and new tech. The Ascent comes in five trims: Base, Premium, Onyx Edition, Limited, and Touring. It's expected to go on sale in fall 2022.

The Subaru comes with a new front fascia design that adds a new grille and aggressive styling up front. Lower air ducts help improve aerodynamics, and in higher trims the components come with chrome trim. The SUV's C-shaped taillights got a refresh as well, and now feature a sharper shape to better match the vehicle's overall styling.

2023 Subaru AscentThe new front fascia design is more aggressive than before. Subaru

The Ascent's powertrain remains in place, which is a turbocharged 2.54-liter four-cylinder making 260 horsepower. It sends power to all four wheels through a continuously variable transmission that offers a simulated eight-speed manual shifting mode. Subaru's X-Mode driving mode comes standard, which alters throttle response and other vehicle behavior to maintain traction in slippery conditions. Torque vectoring, which allows the vehicle to shift torque between wheels that need it most, also comes standard.

A new Onyx Edition trim joins the Ascent line for 2022. It brings a standard 11.6-inch touchscreen with navigation, a Harman Kardon sound system, power seats, and a panoramic sunroof. The base Ascent comes with features such as 18-inch wheels, USB inputs, tri-zone automatic climate controls, three rows of seating, and a whopping 19 cupholders. Subaru also offers an optional Cabin Connect system, which allows the driver or front passenger to communicate to people behind them through the stereo using a front-cabin-mounted microphone.

2023 Subaru AscentThe Ascent's interior is available with great tech, such as an 11.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Subaru

Subaru EyeSight safety equipment comes standard with every Ascent. The system is improved for 2023 with a wider field of vision and new software. A new wide-angle camera joins EyeSight's existing two-camera setup to provide better pedestrian and cyclist detection when approaching intersections. Blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, and lane change assist are available.

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The 2023 Crosstrek starts at $23,645.

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Subaru is one of the best at listening to its customers' needs, and the Crosstrek is a great example of that mindset. It's a useful vehicle with plenty of interior space and enough ground clearance to take its passengers well of the beaten path. Today, Subaru announced pricing for the 2023 Crosstrek and Crosstrek Hybrid. The duo will go on sale this summer.

Subaru CrosstrekThe Crosstrek's cabin is adventure-ready and packed with great tech. Subaru

The standard Crosstrek starts at $23,645 before destination and the Crosstrek Hybrid starts at $36,845. Five trims are available for the standard model, including Base, Premium, a new Special Edition, Sport, and Limited. The Hybrid comes in a single trim level. All Crosstrek variants get all-wheel drive with active torque vectoring and 8.7 inches of ground clearance.

The Base, Premium, and Special Edition trims come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 152 horsepower. The Sport and Limited trims get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder making 182 horsepower. Most models come with a continuously variable transmission, but the Base and Premium trims come standard with a six-speed manual gearbox. The Crosstrek Hybrid comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder paired with two electric motors. The plug-in system can deliver 17 miles of electric range.

Subaru CrosstrekThe Crosstrek delivers 8.7 inches of ground clearance.Subaru

True to Subaru form, the Crosstrek comes with a full suite of advanced driver aids, including automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, lane departure alerts, adaptive cruise, and more. These features are only available for CVT-equipped models. The Limited trim and the Crosstrek Hybrid add automatic high beams, reverse automatic braking, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alerts.

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