If you live at sea level, exploring Colorado – where Denver
is 5,280 feet above sea level, towns like Breckenridge, Dillon and Frisco are above 9,500 feet,
and the tops of the highest ski slopes in Summit County are above 11,000 feet – can be a problem. Some travelers
have headaches, dizziness and even nausea.
your body time to adjust, whether in Denver or in one of the mountain
lots of water. The higher you go, the drier the air, and your body
your alcoholic drinks because you can get tipsy faster at higher
or a companion experience shortness of breath, severe coughing, wheezing
or chest pain return to a lower altitude as fast as possible. This could
be a sign of acute mountain sickness, so see a physician immediately.
have any health problems, such as emphysema, asthma, anemia, diabetes or
high blood pressure, consult with your doctor if planning on visiting
towns or regions above 8,000 feet. If you take certain drugs, such as
tranquilizers, the effect can be enhanced at higher altitudes. Ask your
doctor about effects, especially if you’re planning on hiking, skiing or
doing other athletic activities.
sun block and sun glasses whenever you go outside. Use UV protective
goggles for outdoor sports. The UV rays are much stronger here than at
is just a brief overview. High Country Health Care, a physician-owned
medical practice in Summit County, the highest country in Colorado, has
more details. We recommend you visit its website.