Adjusting to Altitude: Making the Most of Your Breckenridge Vacation

Woman in bed with altitude sickness

Living at 10,000 feet is no simple feat. For many people visiting Breckenridge on vacation, the altitude can be a shock to their system. Symptoms such as light-headedness, difficulty climbing stairs, extreme thirst, upset stomach, headaches, insomnia, and general fatigue are not uncommon. However, don't let that deter you from coming to Breckenridge!

With the right approach, you can adjust to the altitude and have a fabulous time vacationing in Breck. While we are not medical professionals and this is not medical advice, here are some tips that have helped friends and visitors enjoy successful trips to Breckenridge.

1. Gradual Acclimatization

If possible, don't head to Breckenridge directly from the airport. Particularly if you're coming from sea level, it's a good idea to spend a few days in Denver, which sits at 5,280 feet. This will give your body a chance to acclimate to the higher altitude without putting it into overdrive. If Denver is not your city of choice, then at least try Frisco or Silverthorne. They are only 15-30 minutes away from Breckenridge, but even that little change in altitude can make a huge difference for your well being. Think of it like climbers acclimating at Everest Base Camp before attempting the summit.

2. Hydration is Key

Drink plenty of water upon arrival in Breckenridge. The high altitude and intense sun can quickly lead to dehydration, while you're busy enjoying various activities. Dehydration can exacerbate altitude sickness, so carry a water bottle and sip on it throughout the day to stay hydrated.

3. Take It Easy

For the first few days, treat yourself as if you're recovering from a cold. Avoid overexertion, and instead, explore the town at a leisurely pace. Consider abstaining from alcohol during this time, as it can worsen the effects of altitude sickness. Walk instead of running, and prioritize rest when you're feeling tired. While it might seem counterintuitive to take it slow on vacation, allowing your body to adjust will help ensure you can enjoy all that Breckenridge has to offer.

In summary, adjusting to the altitude in Breckenridge may take some time, but with proper preparation and a mindful approach, you can have an amazing vacation experience. Remember to acclimate gradually if possible, stay hydrated, and take it easy for the first few days. Your body will thank you, and you'll be well on your way to enjoying everything this beautiful mountain town has to offer.

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