Steamboat is located 6,900 feet (2,103 meters) above sea level and rises to more than 10,000 feet (3,220 meters). Some guests may experience a headache, touch of nausea, fatigue or shortness of breath. These are symptoms of altitude illness and generally disappear within 48 hours. Altitude illness is almost totally preventable and can be significantly minimized by following these simple guidelines:

  • 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: grains, pasta, fruits and vegetables; and, avoid salty foods.

Altitude illness is usually a minor problem; however, if symptoms persist or if you have concern about your health, you should seek medical attention.

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.

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. If your clothes are not water-resistant, a water-repellent spray can be applied. Also, ultraviolet rays are more powerful at Steamboat's elevation. A good pair of goggles or sunglasses that not only cut glare but also filter the ultraviolet rays is strongly recommended.

Ultraviolet Rays
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. Remember, Steamboat's weather can change day-to-day or even hour-to-hour, so be prepared for any type of weather condition.