Surviving at 9,375 feet

Stuff you should know about Crested Butte.

Crested Butte, sits at 9,375 feet and reaches 12,162 feet! If you don't live in the mountains, this will most likely take some getting used to. Drink lots of fluids BEFORE flying, and hydrate on your way up. You will want to consume at least 3 litres of water a day. (No we are not exageratting. At least 3 litres.)

Crested Butte, like much of Colorado, is high altitude desert. The absence of moisture is what makes the snow so exceptional. (That's right, the moisture content of snow can vary widely.) However it also causes dry skin, chapped lips, dehydration, and respiratory issues. Use the humidifier in your room at night.

Altitude sickness is quite common for even the most seasoned visitors. Common symptoms are a feeling of nausea and general cold. Fluids are the solution. Seriously, start drinking water before you get on that plane.

Crested Butte is the last great Colorado ski town, and the home of mountain biking. The mountain is known for its incredible terrain, with 450 acres of double blacks! Crested Butte usually has good snow and fewer people. Conditions can change and givent the size and variety of terrain, you can experience sun, snow, wind, and fog all in one day. Pack an extra layer, a water bottle, and a face mask. If you've never skied with a pack before, consider getting a small skiers pack and practicing a few times before coming.

Finally, consuming alcohol at altitude increases its effects. Use that information as you see fit.