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Is there ski-free on first day in Colorado?

post #1 of 10
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If my flight arrives early and by noon I'm at the ski resort... can I do that?
post #2 of 10
I would recommend NOT skiing your first day.  You are from Florida, a state in which the highest elevation is 345 ft.  The lowest point in Breckenridge is 9,600 ft.  Keystone is 9,100 ft, and A-Basin is 10,000+ ft.  

You are not ready for the altitude. Spending your first day relaxing, taking in fluids and carbo loading will go a long way to preventing problems with acclimatization to the elevation.

I am from Atlanta (1000 ft elevation).  I took a trip out to Breck with 3 other people.  We landed at 11AM and they hit the slopes at 6PM while I stayed back in the room.  All 3 of them complained of slight headaches, minor chest tightness/pain and some nausea.   I got depressed and felt sad (weird reaction), but had no other symptoms except for shortness of breath trying to walk up hills (happens to most folks) and waking up during the middle of the night more often than usual (also common).
post #3 of 10
Yeah, I was at Copper a couple of years ago (right next door) and it's the only place I've had problems sleeping and slight headaches. 10,000 feet is killer.
post #4 of 10
I've had people visit that have had altitude sickness issues. When they started arriving and spending the first night in Denver or Evergreen before going up to Summit County the following day, the benefits of sleeping low were quite evident. They remained at elevation but didn't have a recovery time from the initial impact of altitude.
post #5 of 10
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Interesting... no wonder the mountain climbers have to climb up and down slowly, to acclimatize themselves! I just remembered that years ago I was able to ski on first day at Winter Park, since I had early morning flight to Denver. I can't remember if it was free deal for first day, or not, but I made it to the slopes in the afternoon and can't recall having sickness issues. Plus, I enjoy the cool fresh air so much, that my only option to breath this air in Florida is by opening the refrigerator.
post #6 of 10
I haven't heard of the free first day except in Park City(?). All the resorts I know of have half day tickets, so an afternoon freebie seems unlikely.

Let your experience and body be your guide to skiing or not. Some people can deal right away with altitude, some can't. The ways to improve your odds of feeling fine are good rest, plenty of water/hydration, avoid alcohol.

Have a great trip. Where are you going?
post #7 of 10
You just answered your own question, Winter Park.

The other options are: Loveland, A-basin.

None of them do the first day ski free deal. But nothing prevents you from hitting the resort and ski half day.

I did that once, hitting A-Basin just when half day ticket starting. Of all the times I've been to the Summit County, that was also the one and only one trip that I experienced altitude sickness! Coincidence? Maybe. But I was so miserable that I never bother trying it again.
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I haven't heard of the free first day except in Park City(?). All the resorts I know of have half day tickets, so an afternoon freebie seems unlikely.

Let your experience and body be your guide to skiing or not. Some people can deal right away with altitude, some can't. The ways to improve your odds of feeling fine are good rest, plenty of water/hydration, avoid alcohol.

Have a great trip. Where are you going?

PC - sorta - all of the PC resorts - The Crayons, Park Shitty and Deer Valley participate in the "Quick Start" pass.
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PC - sorta - all of the PC resorts - The Crayons, Park Shitty and Deer Valley participate in the "Quick Start" pass.
 

ought that be Dear Valley as in 'that was a dear price to pay for that ticket'?
post #10 of 10
While I was at Vail & Beaver Creek during Christmas week, I know I saw ads for skiing free day of arrival when you show your boarding pass. I have the Epic Pass, so didn' t pay much attention. We landed at Vail/Eagle airport just before noon and were on Chair 6 at the Beav at 1:00!
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