High Altitude Environment
- Exercise in moderation the first few days
- Drink more water than usual
- Reduce alcohol intake, which has a greater effect at this altitude
- Eat food high in carbohydrates and low in fat: grains, pasta, fruits and vegetables; and, avoid salty foods and caffeine.
- Hydrate and refuel regularly, not just at lunch
Altitude illness is usually a minor problem; however, if symptoms persist you should seek medical attention. High elevation can also accentuate existing health problems. If you have a respiratory or vascular illness, consult your doctor before your trip. Seek medical assistance if problems persist or get worse. Call Patrol for evaluation or assistance.
The Yampa Valley Medical Center (970-879-1322) provides care 24 hours a day including emergency services, labs, respiratory therapy, family practice, sports medicine, and more. www.yvmc.org
Staying warm and comfortable on the slopes is easy. The best clothing choice is water-resistant, layered clothing which can be removed or added with weather changes. Be sure to wear appropriate gloves, and hat or helmet, especially on cold days to protect against frostbite. Remember, Steamboat's weather can change day-to-day or even hour-to-hour, so be prepared for any type of weather condition.
Ultraviolet rays are more powerful at Steamboat's elevation.Regardless of your skin color or complexion, everyone needs to wear a protective sunscreen even on overcast days when ultraviolet rays can penetrate cloud cover. A good pair of goggles or sunglasses that not only cut glare but also filter the ultraviolet rays is strongly recommended.