Altitude Sickness

Breckenridge, Colorado sits at 9600 feet and the summit of the ski resort is upwards of 13,000 feet which is over two miles above sea level. This high altitude contributes to many travelers feeling under the weather due to symptoms of Altitude Sickness.

At 9600 feet, it’s impossible to not feel some effect of high altitude. Symptoms can be as minor as breathing faster and/or deeper, and feeling short of breath especially when exercising. Your heart is also likely to beat faster and you may develop nausea, unusual tiredness, headache, or have difficulty sleeping. Visitors with these symptoms may have acute mountain sickness (AMS). This form of altitude sickness usually resolves in a day or two. If the symptoms become worse, or if you are concerned, be sure to consult a doctor.

There are ways to decrease the symptoms of altitude sickness, however. Before you arrive in Breckenridge, it is recommended that you double your water intake starting two days prior to your arrival in Breck. Whether you typically drink a lot of water or very little, your goal is to double it! You’ll want to continue the increased water intake during your entire stay.

If altitude sickness is a big concern, visit your doctor prior to departure. We’ve had guests tell us that a prescription for Diamox greatly alleviates symptoms.

Any elderly persons with health issues should be cleared by their doctors prior to visiting the high country.

Other things to do to avoid Altitude Sickness while you’re here are:

  • Reduce Alcohol and Caffeine Intake
  • Decrease Salt Intake
  • Moderate Your Physical Activity (especially for the first day or two).
  • Eat High Carbohydrate, Low Fat Meals
  • Avoid Hot Tubs (or anything else that might cause you to perspire).

If after these steps, you are still feeling the effects of altitude sickness, keep reading for our top recommendations to feel better fast. Try one of these therapies before taking a trip to the emergency room or cutting your vacation short (unless you have severe symptoms- see below*).

Oxygen is available in different forms all over town. The best oxygen treatment costs around $125/night, but feeling your best on your vacation is priceless! Call The Oxygen Guys who will deliver anywhere in Summit County. Read why oxygen concentrators are the most effective form of altitude sickness treatment before spending your O2 dollars anywhere else.

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For even more treatment, we recommend stopping by Sharper Edge Rejuvenation Clinic for oxygen therapy and/or medical grade, designer IV fluid therapy “cocktails.” Receive instant help for headaches, dehydration, hangovers, stress, and fatigue, and receive a 10% discount, exclusive to Book Breck guests!  The IV preparations are administered only after medical clearance and in-house lab testing at no additional charge and prepared under sterile conditions. Be assured your fluids are mixed safely and correctly with the freshest ingredients possible.  The Sharper Edge Rejuvenation Clinic is conveniently located on North Park Avenue with plenty of easy and free parking.  (970) 771-3406.

*If your symptoms still do not subside or if they grow worse after a day or two, or if you develop a wet cough, or the feeling of fluid collecting in your lungs, this may signal a more serious condition called High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE). HAPE requires immediate medical attention!  Call 911 or go to St. Anthony Hospital emergency room in Frisco.

If you have any other visitor questions, feel free to give Book Breck a call as we are happy to help.

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