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Does Altitude Affect Boot Size? Breckenridge Ski Rental Answers

We’ve heard this question once or twice, so we’ll tackle it as today’s blog article. For the most part the altitude in Breckenridge isn’t going to affect the size of the boot we put you in, or the size of any other ski rental equipment. Whatever your foot size is at altitude, we will fit your foot to the right boot. You can be sure that your ski rental in Breckenridge will be as comfortable as any you have had in the past.

What does altitude affect? Well, to start, the amount of oxygen you  breathe with every breath is reduced compared to the air you breathe at lower altitudes. This will cause you to find it harder to keep up with your usual levels of activity. It is important to listen to your body when skiing or even going for a walk or climbing a set of stairs quickly. If you feel short of breath; stop, rest and let your heart rate and breathing return to normal before continuing.

Higher altitude air is also less humid. Your skin may dry out faster and you should actively work on re-hydration, especially if you’re planning a day on the slopes. Drinking water before you arrive and while you are at altitude will help you avoid dehydration, which can sneak up a little faster at 9,000 feet above sea level. Avoid caffeine and alcohol as they make dehydration worse. If you’re headed for an après ski glass of beer or wine, consider drinking a glass of water before having a second. Some people call the glass of water a ‘spacer’, but it’s a good tip for staying hydrated at altitude.

Another method to reduce the effects of altitude is to acclimate over a period of time. If you fly into Denver and spend a night in the city, you will feel a lot better the next day when you arrive in Breckenridge for your ski rental. You may also find that you will have a better experience if you take it easy on the slopes the first day in Breckenridge to allow your system to acclimate, especially if you aren’t able to spend the night in Denver beforehand.

Symptoms of altitude sickness are feeling like you have the flu or a hangover. Lack of appetite, nausea, fatigue and dizziness are all symptoms. If you’re feeling a little run down at the beginning of your trip, drink lots of fluids, get plenty of rest. It’s better to take the first day easy than have your ski holiday marred by altitude sickness.

Be certain sure to enjoy Breckenridge ski rental during your holiday by being aware of the effects of altitude and staying healthy. We’ll be sure to fit you properly so that your ski weekend will be a blast while you’re here.

Ski Equipment Rentals Start with Clothing

We have great ski equipment rentals at A Racer’s Edge, but skis, boots and poles are just part of what will help you enjoy your time on the slopes. Once you start planning your ski trip, you should also start thinking about your ski outfit. Your comfort will depend a great deal on what you are wearing. You’ll find that most happy skiers know how to dress for the weather and will be able to adjust their clothing to accommodate changes in the weather.

Layering is a tried and true method for maintaining warmth and dryness on the hill. You may also know layering as onionization because as Shrek would tell you, ‘onions have layers’. The idea behind layering is to have a few thin layers rather than one or two thick ones.

Your first layer is your ‘base’ layer and should be wool or synthetic underwear that will wick away any moisture from your skin leaving your skin dry and warm. Cotton should be avoided at all cost in layering but especially as a base layer. It captures moisture making your skin cold and clammy.

The next layer or layers are your mid-layers. These should be pants and shirts that fit comfortably and provide some good insulation. Two thin layers may be better than one medium weight layer as you can remove one thin layer if you begin to get warm and the remaining thin layer will provide enough warmth to keep you going. Mid-layers should be non-cotton products, again, as you want any moisture to be drawn away from your skin, and cotton isn’t built for that purpose.

Your outer layer will probably be the highest tech layer you wear as the optimal outer garment will be wind- and water-proof as well as breathable. It also may have vents known as ‘pit-zips’ or other features that let them exhaust moist air while keeping snow out. Look for features like wrist and ankle cuffs designed to keep snow out. Some pants will have a ‘bib’ top. Some skiers find bib ski pants a bit too warm for skiing, and unlike a mid-layer, the bib usually can’t come off so you are stuck with it if it is too warm. People that get cold regardless of what they wear, however, might like the added warmth of bibs. Jackets often will have a ‘powder skirt’ that is an extra flap of fabric on the inside of the coat that you can snap closed to help keep snow from coming up under the jacket, especially on powder days.

Gloves, hats or helmets and goggles round out your cold weather protection. Gloves should fit comfortably and be waterproof. You might try using thin glove liners if you get cold hands. Additionally many gloves now have pockets for chemical hand warmers. These can be a life saver for kids and people who have naturally low circulation. Avoid gloves that are a tight fit as they will inhibit good blood flow. The insulation in gloves works best when loose and fluffy, not when it is squished flat by a tight fit.

Helmets are very popular these days. A good ski helmet will protect the head from injury, but they are also very comfortable and warm. Goggles also stay in place nicely when wearing a helmet, and the combination of helmet and goggles will cover much of your head. Look for helmets with ventilation features and if you are someone that likes music while you ski, you can look for optional headphone systems that integrate into many helmets. It’s a good idea to try on different brands and models of helmet to find the right fit. You want a fit that is snug enough that even without the strap attached, the helmet follows your head and doesn’t rattle around.

Goggles are an often neglected accessory. Lots of people like to wear sunglasses when skiing. On some days sunglasses may be all that you need, but most days you’ll encounter some amount of wind and snow. Goggles protect your eyes from UV rays like sunglasses, but they also keep wind and blowing snow out of your eyes. A good pair of goggles will also have interchangeable lenses so you can accommodate the brightness of the sun.

So, hopefully these clothing and preparation tips will help you stay warm and dry on the slopes as long as you want to be out enjoying your ski trip. Part of fully enjoying your ski equipment rental from A Racer’s Edge is coming into the lodge at the end of the day comfortable and ready for your next adventure.