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Old 02-11-2011, 11:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question - does anyone know if there is a problem with Altitude Sickness at Copper Mountain? Been wondering as we have never boarded at a place of such altitude.


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Old 02-12-2011, 12:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
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My first time boarding was at Keystone, I think it's a similar elevation? I was a bit out of shape though, and didn't even think about altitude sickness. I walked up a hill about 10 feet and almost collapsed. My head got tingly and everything. My girlfriend had no problem though, and my two brothers in laws noted the lack of oxygen, but wasn't as bad. And I'm not a terribly obese dude, well not obese at all. Just not much cardivoscular going on.
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Where are you coming from? Anywhere you ski in Colorado is higher in elevation than where 90% of people live.

When i moved from Florida to Denver nearly 2 years ago, i couldn't breathe and got altitude sickness the first couple times we went to the mountains. Mind you i also was in exceptional shape as well, having just ran the NYC Marathon.

On the other hand, altitude sickness hits people differently. I've had friends visit who were completely out of shape that didn't have problems visiting here....compared to me that was in marathon running shape and i got hit hard.

My suggestion to anyone visiting from lower elevations is try to get here a day early and get acclimated.
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Your doctor can give you drugs to help the sick part. Other than that, be in good shape.
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How long of a trip do you have planned, how long from now is that trip?

If you have a month to go between now and when you leave then start doing cardio now, every day for an hour or so to help with it, do some kind of cardio..... We live in Texas and go up to colorado for about 4-6 weeks a year. The first day we get there we will go sledding for the day, this helps to get used to it before going up to the resort which is even a couple thousand feet higher. None of use have ever gotten sick doing this and Staying hydrated also, drink a shitload of water or some sort of fluid.....

Marathon runner probably got sick because of dehydration more than altituded. With the very dry air you will dehydrate alot faster because your sweat drys off before you even realize your sweating.... 2-3 hours later when you are dry but have really been sweating the whole time you are dehydrated and dont even realize it....
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Definitely drink lots of water. As for altitude sickness, some people are just more sensitive to it than others, irregardless of physical condition.
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never had "altitude sickness" but I'll tell you that as someone who only gets out west 1x per year, 13,000 feet will mess with you. Everything is exhausting at that level unless you're acclimated to it, and that usually takes longer than the few days or a week that you might be there. As others have said, stay hydrated and this means even the few days leading up to the trip drink lots of water (more than normal) and lay off the soda/beer. Get good nights' sleep. Don't overdo it in the hot tub. Do whatever you can in the weeks leading up to the trip to get in good cardio shape.
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not gonna argue, but i think i know what dehydration is and i wasn't dehydrated. i planned ahead and still got sick.

point being is that it affects people differently. i would agree to hydrate well before you come. but starting a cardio program really doesn't make a bit of sense to me.

since moving here i have had friends visit that are very overweight and completely out of shape and the altitude didn't bother them. i also have had others in extremely good shape and it hit them it did me.

my suggestion would be to hydrate, but sometimes it isn't enough. hell, i got altitude sickness up in Loveland last month and i've lived here working on 2 years now.
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its impossible to tell how it will affect you until you're up in the mountains for yourself. typically altitude sickness starts to become a more real problem over about 10,000 ft.
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Dang, now I'm freaking! We are coming from the beaches of California. We go to Big Bear every weekend and the condo is at 7,000 ft and top of the mountain is 8,000 ft. I work out M-Thursday 1/2 hour eliptical, 1/2 hour bike, 1/2 hour treadmill. While in Big Bear we take an hour walk up and down hills each day along with snowboarding. But I've never been over 8,000 ft and the base of Copper is 9,000 ft and peaks are 12,000. I get severe motion sickness also so not sure if because of that I may be affected by the altitude also. We are flying in on a Wednesday and leaving Sunday. Boarding Thurs, Fri and Saturday. I'm just hoping I won't be spending the whole time in the condo there ill! :-(

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