Altitude sickness can make you feel bad during your time in the mountains. Most people will never reach peak oxygen saturation at high altitude. When the oxygen saturation in your blood drops, your muscles can’t work as hard causing fatigue. The blood vessels of your brain dilate, causing headache. Your body needs to work harder […]
Predicting Who Will Get Altitude Sick
Acute mountain sickness (headache, nausea, dizziness, fatigue and insomnia) is caused by the lack of oxygen at higher altitudes according to the National Institutes of Health. Not everyone is affected by altitude, but among visitors to Colorado’s ski areas the incidence is 22% at 8,000 feet and 40% at 10,000 feet. The higher you go […]
What to Do for Altitude Headaches?
If you get altitude sickness you are not alone Altitude induced headache occurs in nearly 50% of people at heights over 10,000 feet. The top of Vail Mountain is over 11,500 feet. Aspen’s summit is 12,510 feet Telluride is over 12,255 feet. In all of these areas, most of the skiing is done above 10,000 […]
Can Oxygen Bars at Ski Resorts Really Help You Beat Altitude Sickness?
Condensed and Edited Article in Conde Nast by Cassie Shortsleeve February 11, 2017 Ski resorts are now providing services to help prevent—or, at least, ease—altitude sickness. We tried them out. Sitting in the lobby of One Ski Hill Place, a luxury lodge in Breckenridge, Colorado, with a plastic tube in each nostril, breathing through an […]
Aging and Altitude Some Good News: A Study on 10th Mtn. Division Vets
IF YOU’RE INTO MOUNTAINS AND MOUNTAIN SPORTS, someday you will wonder how much longer you can ski, climb and trek on the mountains you love. Some exceptional men and women do strenuous sports well into their seventies, but what about altitude? The oxygen available in the air decreases as you go higher; how will this […]
The six things you can do to prevent altitude sickness… and three things that won’t work.
How can you prevent altitude sickness? The symptoms of altitude sickness including headache, nausea, dizziness, fatigue and trouble sleeping are due to a lack of sufficient oxygen. Here is a quick list to prepare you for your next visit to high altitude. What Works: Slow Ascent – The most important thing to prevent altitude sickness […]
Are Ski Areas High Enough to Cause Mountain Sickness?
Do you ever feel dizzy, unbalanced or weak on your first days skiing at altitude? About half of unacclimatized visitors to 10,000 feet get altitude sick. Ski areas in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, New Mexico, and Montana are more than high enough to cause altitude sickness. Even the bases of these areas range from 8,000 – […]
The Trouble with Sleep: Insomnia at High Altitude
Do you have trouble sleeping at high altitude? If so, you are not alone. Even if you do not realize it, high altitude could be taking a toll on your body. The lower oxygen content in high altitudes produces less oxygen in the bloodstream. The lack of oxygen contributes to a condition called Cheyne Stokes, […]
Altitude Sickness: How to Treat It
Altitude sickness occurs when the pressure of the air around you known as barometric pressure changes too quickly. When you ascend to high altitudes, the barometric pressure drops and there is less oxygen available. Any time you travel to altitudes higher than 8,000 feet, you can be at risk for altitude sickness. Anyone is susceptible […]
Not Sleeping at Altitude? A New Solution
Oxygenate your mountain home for better sleep, more energy, and no altitude sickness Do you have trouble sleeping at altitude? If you do you are not alone. According to altitude physiology experts most people have difficulty sleeping in our thin mountain air. The reason is simple – oxygen levels in most Colorado ski areas are […]