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Gore Mountains
Tips and Advice

The elevation of Vail is above 8,000 feet. This makes for totally different conditions than what you might normally be used to in the middle of the summer. Here's a few tips and tricks that we've put together to make your stay more comfortable.

Tips and Tricks
  • Weather: Mountain whether is fairly predictable. There will generally be a late afternoon shower. Don't worry, it typically passes in less than 30 minutes. Due to the elevation, temperatures will be lower than what you'd expect. On average for this time of year, Highs will be in the 70's, Lows in the 40's.
  • Altitude Sickness: Altitude sickness occurs when your body is not acclimated to the change in elevation. This is different for every person, some might feel sluggish, have headaches, or slight nausea, others might not notice anything at all. Here's some things you can do to prevent and aliviate the symptoms:
    • Drink lots of water
    • Limit Caffiene and alcoholic beverages
    • Give yourself a day and night to adjust before doing any major activities
    • Don't over-do it. Take your time on hikes, etc.
    • Eat light meals
    • Make gradual changes in elevation. You might want to stay overnight in Denver, which is around 5000 ft, before going on to Vail.
    • Try an over-the-counter herbal remedy that contains Ginkgo
  • Other Elevation Quirks: The sun's UV rays are stronger, so be sure to protect yourself with sunscreen. Also, it's almost gaurenteed that no matter how good of shape you're in, you'll find yourself out of breath after a short set of stairs! Finally, please, be extra cautious of your alcohol intake. Due to the elevation, alcohol will have a stronger effect. Pace yourself!
  • Sunday Traffic: Driving East on I-70 on Sunday is very slow due to all the weekend traffic heading back into town. The usual 2.5 hour drive from Vail to Denver becomes at least a 4 hour drive. If you have some flexibility, try to stay in Avon Sunday night and head out of town on Monday. Or stay longer and hang out with us!
What to Pack
  • Long pants and a sweatshirt
  • Sunscreen
  • Hiking boots
  • Rain jacket or umbrella
  • Light jacket
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
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