If you've booked your first skiing trip to the Rockies, you're probably trying to figure out things like whether or not you should take your own gear or rent some from the resorts and what kind of vehicle to rent from the airport. While there is a ton of planning that goes into a skiing trip, there's one thing that many people don't consider but should: oxygen... or rather... the lack of it.
The altitude you'll experience while on vacation could have a profound impact on your health if you're not careful. In fact, the lower oxygen level can cause you to develop acute mountain sickness. Here's what you can do day and night to keep yourself on the slopes without getting sick from reduced oxygen levels.
Daytime: Pure Canned Oxygen Supplement
During the day, whether you're on the slopes or just hanging out at the resort, your body will have to work harder to get oxygen from the air into your bloodstream and to your organs. The reason for this is because the high altitude causes lower air pressure, which causes oxygen molecules to be further apart and not as dense.
Combat the reduction of oxygen in the air by supplementing with pure oxygen in a can. This is a portable device that doesn't need any special equipment to use. You simply point the can to your mouth and nose and breathe in pure oxygen. You can do this throughout the day, any time you need a pick me up. However, you cannot take it with you on your flight to the Rockies due to TSA regulations, but you can have it shipped to your final destination.
Nighttime: Home Oxygen Concentrators
When sleeping at high altitudes, the human body's response to lower oxygen isn't the same as it is when awake. You will not naturally and instinctively breathe deeper and heavier when sleeping in an attempt to take in more oxygen. Because of this, the depleted amount of oxygen in your blood and the low amount reaching your vital organs can result in symptoms that will likely have you not wanting to hit the slopes at all the next day.
Combat the reduced oxygen at night by renting a home oxygen concentrator to use on your trip. These can be found in most ski equipment rental shops in the Rockies, as well as in medical equipment supply stores and pharmacies.
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