Breckenridge 9,600 feet.
you are coming from sea level, please spend at least one night in Denver at
5,281 feet (a mile above sea level).
least half the visitors to the Rockies will experience some effect of the
altitude. Mild (and benign) symptoms include fatigue, with shortness of breath
with exertion, mild sleep disturbance, headache, nausea and/or decreased
appetite. These are usually worst on the second day and are relieved with
hydration, rest and Tylenol or ibuprofen. More serious and concerning symptoms
include shortness of breath at rest, worsening headache, confusion, and
difficulty walking. Any of these symptoms should be evaluated by a physician as
they may require descent to a lower altitude for resolution.
you are elderly and not used to the altitude or have a medical condition, please
consider having your doctor prescribe oxygen for use during your stay.
To avoid altitude sickness, stay well-hydrated
(3-4 quarts of water per day!), as acclimatization is often accompanied by fluid loss.
Smoking can exacerbate breathing trouble, while alcohol and other sedating drugs
can depress respiratory rate, both worsening altitude symptoms.
If you are concerned about the altitude, your
doctor will most likely prescribe diamox to bring with you. Diamox will help you
acclimate quicker when taken 1-2 weeks in advance and half a tablet at night
during your stay increases your respiratory rate helping you to sleep.
Alcohol at altitude can have a stronger effect than at sea level… we’re
excited to celebrate with everyone, but please be safe! The rule is two waters
to every one alcoholic drink.
Colorado temperatures fluctuate and evenings in the mountains can be cool,
so dressing in layers is a good idea. Weather can also change quickly, with
sunny skies interrupted by brief but impressive thunderstorms. Mornings are
the best bet for clear skies and outdoor activities, but it’s always smart to
take a raincoat along.
The sun is 40% stronger at the altitude of Breckenridge and the thin
atmosphere makes it much easier to burn. Sunscreen and sunglasses with UV
protection are critical, as is lip balm.