Altitude of Breckenridge Ski Resort
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Colorado boasts a long ski season, superb snow conditions, and a long list of amenities, but these perks come at a price. Most Colorado ski resorts sit a base elevation of at least 7, 000 feet, with the majority at 8, 000 to 10, 000 feet. Sea-level visitors may suffer from altitude sickness. Choosing a lower-altitude Colorado resort may prevent problems.
Base and Summit Elevation
Most people can ascend to altitudes of 8, 000 feet without incurring health problems, says Wales pharmacist Peter Rees, co-creator of The Travel Doctor website. This implies that you might feel fine in the ski resort's base area, but problems occur as you gain altitude. The summit elevation is therefore as important as the base elevation. Colorado resorts such as Copper Mountain, Crested Butte, Telluride and Breckenridge have summits as high as 13, 000 feet. If you stay at the lower part of the mountain you might not feel the effects, but that usually limits you to beginner and intermediate terrain.
About 40 percent of people coming from sea level suffer some altitude sickness symptoms at the highest Colorado resorts, Dr. Peter Hackett, director of emergency medicine at Telluride Medical Center, told the "Wall Street Journal, " but the resort's lodging locations also affect your susceptibility. Aspen and Vail, for example, have high base elevations, but most of the lodging venues are at slightly lower elevations. Visitors to the Beaver Creek Resort (beavercreek.com) can find lodging in the town of Avon, which is at 7, 400 feet. The Riverfront Express Gondola, located in town, takes you directly to the Beaver Creek Resort. In contrast, people at Telluride ski high and sleep high, increasing their susceptibility to altitude sickness.
The Steamboat Resort (steamboat.com), often called Ski Town USA, produced more Olympic competitors per capita than other winter resort in the world, reports the Walk of the Olympians website. The resort sits at a relatively comfortable base elevation of 6, 900 feet, and rises to a summit of 10, 568 feet. Many of the trails at the Steamboat resort wind around the mountain, instead of going straight down. This lengthens the ski runs, without increasing their altitude. The Steamboat Resort gondola provides welcome relief from the winter cold.
Buttermilk, a member of the Aspen/Snowmass family (aspensnowmass.com), is a beginner's and family-oriented mountain, with a base elevation of 7, 870 feet, which rises to a summit of 9, 900 feet. While most of its terrain is groomed, bump-free and beginner-friendly, Buttermilk is also home to two highly-rated terrain parks, one of which plays host to the annual ESPN X Games. Buttermilk Park boasts a 22-foot superpipe. Beginners can learn park and half-pipe skills at the Panda Pipe and Ski & Snowboard Schools Park.