What is altitude sickness and what can I do to avoid it?
Altitude sickness is usually a minor problem. Symptoms include a headache, nausea, and fatigue due to a lack of available oxygen. Typically ibuprofen, Tylenol or aspirin can help with headaches. If you experience any of these symptoms while visiting Snowy Range Ski Area, please visit the Ski Patrol building for assistance. Follow these guidelines to minimize the effects:
Exercise in moderation.
Drink more water than usual. When you combine altitude with physical exertion, you need to drink before you get thirsty.
Eat food high in carbohydrates, such as grains, pasta, fruits and vegetables and avoid salty foods.
Limit alcohol consumption. It’s tempting to party the evening you roll into a ski town. However, drinking alcohol and cheating yourself on sleep the night before you ski is a big mistake. Use common sense.
Be sun savvy. Our sunshine is so intense that skiing without sunscreen or protective eyewear is not recommended. Ultraviolet rays are more powerful at higher elevations. Since resorts are over two miles above sea level, you will need goggles and/or sunglasses that have UV protection. Also, regardless of your skin color or complexion, everyone needs to wear sunscreen, even on overcast days when ultraviolet rays still penetrate cloud cover. Go for at least 15 SPF and apply several times a day. Look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays.