So, when employees at Vail Mountain asked GMC to create a Sierra 2500 that could traverse the mountain with ease, GMC said no problem. The GMC Sierra All Mountain Concept was born. Half truck and half snowmobile, the All Mountain is a testament to the versatility of the Sierra.
Why Does the All Mountain Exist?
With peaks of up to 12,000 feet, Vail Mountain is one of the tallest ski-friendly mountains in the country, yet its height makes it difficult to traverse. In case of emergencies, workers can struggle to find their way to the accident in a timely fashion, and only snowmobiles can deliver the agility and speed they want and need.
The GMC Sierra All Mountain Concept pulls ideas from snowmobiles, bulldozers, and snow groomers, replacing the tires with a set of Mattracks. Instead of two large tracks on the side, the All Mountain gets four separate tracks that allow it to maneuver over the snow with ease. No other vehicle has attempted this feat, but the All Mountain does it with an agility that’s unmatched even by cars specifically designed for the road. While it’s more of a promotional vehicle than an everyday option for Vail employees, the idea behind it may lead to fleets popping up in the near future.
To power the world’s first snow mountain-ready truck, GMC opts for the new 6.6-liter Duramax turbo-diesel V-8 that provides 445 horsepower and a whopping 910 pound-feet of torque. These power numbers come in handy when cutting through the snow, and the 910 pound-feet of torque is a game-changer, giving the truck the unique position to carve its way through heavy snow. This pairs with a professional-grade, six-speed automatic Allison transmission that’s perfect for carving through the snow with ease.
The All Mountain gets its styling cues from the Denali, including a sport, chrome grille, upgraded headlights, fog lights, side mirrors, and taillights. However, it comes mountain-ready thanks to additions such as a snowboard rack mounted on the roof, a Rigid E-Series light bar, a tonneau cover, bed extender, and 3-inch off-road step bars. A customized paint job adds the finishing touches to the All Mountain, turning it into a vehicle unlike anything you’ve ever seen.
If you live in a snowy climate and want to combine your pickup with a mountain-capable track system, you may have to do the mods on your own. GMC doesn’t plan to make the Sierra All Mountain a reality in the near future, but it does want to show consumers just what’s possible with their heavy-duty lineup. If you’re lucky, you might get a chance to see the All Mountain in action at Vail this year, and if not, start pinching your pennies for a new set of tracks.