What is High Altitude Sickness? How Can You Prevent It On Your Vacation?

The base of Keystone Resort is situated at 9,280 feet. At this altitude there is a possibility you might come across the symptoms of High Altitude Sickness. It is important to understand what it is, how to identify it, and how to manage it.

High Altitude Sickness is also known as Acute Mountain Sickness; it is the body’s reaction to not being able to absorb enough oxygen at high altitudes, usually above 8,000 feet. Common symptoms include: nausea, headache, loss of appetite, trouble sleeping, and weakness. Symptoms can be mild to severe; mild symptoms can easily be confused as dehydration, flu, or the effects of alcohol.


Managing High Altitude Sickness can be done a few different ways. Going to a lower elevation until the symptoms reside is a good way to help you body adjust to the altitude change. If you are visiting Keystone and want to exercise this option try taking a scenic ride down to Idaho Springs taking you down in elevation about 1,700 feet. Have lunch at Beau Jo’s or Tommy Knockers on historic Main Street.Take a stroll after you eat and take in shops and boutiques with their charm from another time.

If you are not up for the car ride or taking the time away from your skiing, head over to Beckenridge to the O2 Lounge for a designer oxygen experience. You can also pick up small hand held oxygen at a number of local stores in the area such as Wal-Mart and Walgreens. While you are at the store consider picking up some ibuprofen to combat that headache and a water bottle to keep yourself hydrated.


Another way to manage High Altitude Sickness is to take precautions to prevent it before you travel. The most accessible include rest, hydration, avoiding large meals and alcohol; choose foods high in carbohydrates such as grains and cereal. Slowly bringing yourself up to elevation is a good way to ease your system into the altitude change. Stay in Denver the night you fly in and then drive up in the morning.


Another preventative measure to consider is to ask your doctor about medications to take before you leave. If you prefer a more natural approach you can use a dietary supplement like Oxygen Max. It is formulated with naturally found ingredients native to high elevations that are commonly used in eastern medicine. Ginko Boloba is another active ingredient that aids in increasing blood circulation. The magnesium rich formula helps increase muscle flexibility, and aids in water absorption furthering the prevention of Altitude Sickness. Purchase and learn more about Oxygen Max in advance here.