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High-Altitude Sickness - Symptoms and Treatments

Nestled in the heart of the Rockies and embraced by the majestic Tenmile Range, Breckenridge offers an incredible high-alpine environment at 9,600 feet above sea level. During all seasons, a high-altitude climate can affect people in various ways. While many people never feel the effects, some come down with a few basic symptoms, including headaches, loss of appetite, dizziness and trouble sleeping. Luckily, there are a variety of simple treatments to combat your sickness. First and foremost - Stay Hydrated - Stick with water or liquids that replace electrolytes. Avoid sugary or caffeinated beverages such as soda-pop. These liquids act as diuretics and can dehydrate you. Drink lots of water! Eat Right - Stop in at any of Breck's world-class restaurants to recharge. A meal high in carbohydrates will improve your body's ability to absorb oxygen, and will give you the energy needed to adjust to the elevation. Take it Easy - It's understandable that you're eager to hit the slopes, but take it slow. Over-exerting yourself will only make it harder to adjust to the elevation. Try a low-impact activity on your first day, such as snowmobiling. Breck offers many alternatives to skiing and snowboarding, so you can still enjoy yourself while you get acclimated to the altitude. If symptoms still persist, seek treatment at Breckenridge Medical Clinic or St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco to ensure your trip is pleasurable.
 

Winter

Breckenridge is known for its 300 inches of annual snowfall which provide phenomenal outdoor recreation conditions. With an average temperature of 28 degrees during the day and 15 degrees at night, that magical Colorado sunshine warms up every winter adventure you’ll enjoy. The sun can be intense at elevation, so protect your skin with sunscreen and your eyes with sunglasses or goggles. Weather conditions can change quickly and dramatically in the High Country so it's always a good idea to have additional layers of clothing on hand. Low humidity is a plus, and you'll want to stay hydrated with two to three times your normal intake of water.

Ski Season (November – April):
Breck winters are famous for incredible outdoor recreation conditions. The bright Colorado sunshine brings warmth and energy to complement the epic snowfall, creating an exhilarating environment for all activities you’ll enjoy. Visitors rave about the soft fluffy powder, low humidity and bluebird skies.

• Average daytime temperature: 28 degrees
• Average nighttime temperature: 15 degrees

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Summer

Summer in Breckenridge brings glorious sunshine, breathtaking bluebird skies and beautiful greenery. At an average temperature of 70 degrees during the day and 50 degrees at night, typical summer apparel works great for most activities. Guests should wear sunscreen and consider wearing a hat for added protection. A quick afternoon rain shower is to be expected and will come and go, refreshing all of the natural mountain foliage. Evenings will cool off considerably and often call for a hoodie or light jacket.

• Average daytime temperature: 70 degrees
• Average nighttime temperature: 50 degrees


Fall & Spring (October, May):
Fall and spring are also terrific times to visit Breckenridge. You can enjoy the same fantastic mountains and crisp alpine air without the crowds. Many of the boutiques and restaurants around town offer up deals during the offseason as well. The weather becomes a bit more unpredictable, but you can still enjoy many of the same outdoor activities as during high season.

• Estimated October temperature: 54 degrees
• Estimated May temperature: 56 degrees