How to Adapt to Breckenridge Altitude
January 11th, 2016
Breckenridge is a charming ski town located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. At 9,603 feet, this town is home to some of the best outdoor activities in the country. The breathtaking views, charming small town feel and amazing restaurants make Breckenridge an ideal location for your next vacation. Before you plan your next trip, remember these 4 very important tips….
Water is your best friend at altitude. Start hydrating a few days prior to arrival to help avoid altitude sickness. Avoid caffeinated and sugary drinks. While such beverages are tasty, they act as a diuretic and will dehydrate you. If you find yourself on the brink of altitude sickness or wake up with a hangover, try Pedialyte. Pedialyte is an electrolyte loaded children’s drink. What most people don’t know is this drink will rehydrate your body much quicker than Gatorade and it tastes good!
2) Eat Properly
Take care of your body! Skiing, kayaking, rafting, hiking, and mountain biking are extremely taxing activities. Eating is just one of the many hidden gems of this mountain town. Make sure to check out Relish, Hearthstone, Ember, Fatty’s Pizzeria, Angel’s Hollow, South Ridge Seafood and Grill, Taddeo’s, and the Breckenridge Brewery.
Be careful before overindulging! At this altitude, alcohol and other substances can affect you in a greater manner. Give your body time to adjust to the thin air. We recommend easing into any strenuous activities during your first few days up here to avoid dehydration headaches. Most importantly – have fun and go at your own pace!
4) Get Some Air!
Come check out the O2 Lounge on South Main Street! The oxygen bar that doubles as a coffee shop is open every day from 10 am to 10 pm. The lounge offers 15, 30, and 45 minute sessions that help to combat altitude sickness, jet lag, fatigue, and hangovers. The O2 Lounge also offers Oxygen Machine Rentals and Portable Oxygen Cans.
Altitude sickness is extremely common and can be very dangerous. The headache will sneak up on you when you least expect it. Neither your fitness level nor being female or male plays a role in whether you will get the sickness. Symptoms of altitude sickness include: a throbbing headache, lack of appetite, feeling weak or tired, dizziness, and an inability to sleep at night. If you experience some or all of these symptoms, please take necessary precautions.