effects of high altitude

Skiing and snowboarding the world’s best slopes means some serious exposure to high altitudes. And while that’s great news for the quality of your ride, it’s not always great news for your body. Read more about the easy ways to reduce the effects of high altitude. 

How To Reduce the Effects of High Altitude 

1. Get Some Sleep 

Overexertion with a lack of sleep will make you more prone to high-altitude sickness. So, be sure to get a good night’s rest before heading up the mountain.

2. Watch What You’re Consuming

Alcohol and/or overeating can exacerbate the effects of high altitude. High elevation means lower humidity, too, which can lead to dehydration. So, it’s best to drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids and eat light snacks while on the mountain. 

3. Wear Sunscreen

With less atmosphere between you and the sun at high altitudes, it’s important to apply sunscreen and continue to reapply it throughout the day. The ski uniform does typically require the majority of your body to be covered, but any exposed skin should be covered with sunscreen. The sunlight can also burn your eyes. So, be sure to keep goggles or sunglasses on when outside. 

4. Start Slow

As with any new environment, your body needs some time to get acclimated. So, don’t go crazy on your first day! Take your time and allow your body to adjust. 

5. Prevent High-Altitude Injuries

High altitude also means less oxygen. This means your muscles can tire out much faster than you may be used to. It’s important to listen to your body and stop skiing or snowboarding when your body is telling you to. Overexerting yourself can lead to serious injury.