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Altitude and crowds in Beaver Creek

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Altitude and crowds in Beaver Creek

We are a group of 6 families planning our ski vacation but are concern with altitude and crowds in Beaver Creek. We can still change location if recommended....We like ski in ski out accommodations and walk to nightlife/restaurants thats one of the reasons we picked Beaver Creek Village this time.

Thank you for your input...

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1. Re: Altitude and crowds in Beaver Creek

If you are coming to Colorado to ski, altitude will be an issue no matter what ski area you go to. When I lived near Beaver Creek and had a season pass I found the ski area to be less crowded than Vail, Breckenridge and Keystone... but that was many years ago.

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2. Re: Altitude and crowds in Beaver Creek

What week are you planning on visiting? Time of year is a big factor for crowds.

As for altitude- do a search on altitude. I could rewrite all the advice but it's easier to just do a search. There is lots of info on this topic.

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3. Re: Altitude and crowds in Beaver Creek

Two very important facts are missing from your inquiry which would be helpful in answering: where are you coming FROM and WHEN?

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4. Re: Altitude and crowds in Beaver Creek


Most resorts will be comparable in altitude, so Beaver Creek versus anywhere else isn't a real issue - it is just being careful with the Altitude in general.

As for crowds, if you can afford it Beaver Creek will be among the less crowded resorts due to price and distance from Denver/Colorado Springs.

Advise on preventing altitude sickness:

You may be able to prevent altitude sickness by taking your time when you go to high altitudes, using medicine in advance, and eating certain foods.

If you go to altitudes higher than 8000ft, try to spend a night at a medium altitude before going higher. For example, in the United States, spend a night in Denver before going to the Rocky Mountains.

Avoid large meals, alcohol, and being very active after you arrive. Rest, and drink plenty of liquids. Talk to your doctor about taking acetazolamide before you arrive.

Sleep at an altitude that is lower than the altitude you were at during the day. For example, if you ski at 9500ft during the day, sleep the night before and the night after at 8000ft. "Climb high, sleep low" is standard practice for those who spend time at high altitudes.

You may consider taking acetazolamide (Diamox) before going to a high altitude. Talk to your doctor about this.

Eat a lot of carbohydrate. This include breads, cereals, grains, and pasta.

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