Surviving at 9,600 feet

Stuff you should know about Breckenridge.

Crested Butte, sits at 9,600 feet and reaches 12,998 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.)

Breckenridge, 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.

Breckenridge is the one of few Colorado ski towns that developed pre-ski tourism, and has a great year round community with cross country skiing, and loads of mountain biking. The mountain is known for its mixed terrain, with fast chair access to good off piste terrain! Breck usually has better snow than Vail or Beaver Creek and much colder temps. 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.