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Altitude Sickness Advice

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

Altitude Sickness Advice

If you are visiting Steamboat Springs from a lower altitude, you may experience some symptoms of β€œAltitude Sickness β€œ or β€œ Acute Mountain Sickness.” Steamboat Springs, Colorado is at 6,728 ft. elevation and the top of the ski area is 10,568 ft.. Although this is not terribly high, it is still not sea level. Acute altitude sickness usually presents above 8,000 ft. so we are a little safer here. But everyone is different and you may be more susceptible to the change in altitude than someone else.

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As you climb in altitude, the air becomes thinner, the humidity decreases, and the air gets colder. Lack of atmospheric pressure is the true cause of altitude sickness. The amount of oxygen you get into your body due to reduced pressure is less. Because of the low levels of oxygen, your body tries to adjust by increasing blood flow to your brain. This typically occurs 8-36 hours after your ascent to higher altitude.