Also be sure to always wear sunscreen, sunglasses/goggles, appropriate gloves, and hat or helmet, even on cloudy days, and especially on cold days to protect against frostbite. Be aware that 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.
Steamboat is located 6,900 feet (2,103 meters) above sea level and rises to more than 10,000 feet (3,220 meters). The air is thinner and less oxygen is available. People coming from lower elevations may experience altitude sickness. This usually occurs within the first 48 hours. You may experience headache, dizziness, nausea, sleep problems, loss of appetite, coughing and/or difficulty breathing. The best remedy is to follow the guidelines below:
- 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. 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.
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.