We know many of our friends that visit are coming from sea level, while Steamboat is not as high as most other ski areas in Colorado, you may need a day or so to adjust to the new altitude and the dry air. Here are some tips and tricks for helping you adjust quicker.
- Stay Hydrated!
- Drink lots and lots of water! Humidity is lower at higher altitudes. Sweat evaporates quickly and you may not realize how much water you are losing through exertion. The lower oxygen levels also make you breathe in and out faster and more deeply, so that you lose more water through respiration. According to the Wilderness Medical Society, you lose water through respiration at high altitude twice as quickly as you do at sea level. High altitude can also make you need to urinate more often and can blunt your thirst response, putting you at even greater risk of dehydration.
- Replace Your Electrolytes:
- We find that replacing your electrolytes can help ease a headache and also help with hydration. Try drinking a sports drink (gatorade, powerade, etc), coconut water, electrolyte tablets in water, smart water or try some PowerIce (a local product which is kind of like a sports drink in frozen form). You can also use ibuprofen or aspirin to relieve headaches.
- Avoid Really Salty Food & Eat Food High in Potassium:
- Foods rich in potassium are great for acclimating. Some good staples to eat include broccoli, bananas, avocado, cantaloupe, celery, greens, bran, chocolate, granola, dates, dried fruit, potatoes and tomatoes. Additionally, complex carbohydrates are great for stabilizing your blood sugar and maintaining energy. Eat plenty of whole grains, pasta, fruits, and vegetables. Spaghetti dinner anyone?
- Moderate Your Alcohol Intake
- Alcohol effects your body differently when you are also adjusting to the altitude. Take it slow and drink water as well.
- Wear Sunscreen
- The sun is a lot stronger at altitude, be sure to wear sunscreen on any exposed skin (even in the winter). Even if you think that you won’t get burned because you don’t at sea level. Wear a hat and protect yourself, after all you are closer to the sun and the sun’s intensity can be 40 percent higher at altitude than at sea level. Also, don’t forget to protect your lips as well.
- Take it Slow and Get Plenty of Rest
- Take it easy your first day and don’t over exert yourself. Get plenty of rest.
*Remember, we are not medical professionals, so always check with a doctor before your trip if you are concerned about your health and altitude or if you are feeling symptoms of altitude sickness visit a doctor immediately.