Before you visit..

Altitude Awareness

Upon arriving in Crested Butte, you may experience some ailments associated with high altitude sickness. While most people do not experience any symptoms besides shortness of breath there first day or two, others may feel altitude sickness while visiting Crested Butte. Our home is at an elevation of 9,689 ft, the base area of the ski-mountain is at 9,375 ft, and downtown is at 8,885 ft it and it is not uncommon to experience an adjustment period where a visitor may experience fatigue, shortness of breath, sleeplessness, and other general discomforts. Below are a few suggestions to minimize high altitude sickness and ensure you get the most out of your visit to Crested Butte.

  1. Hydrate. Dehydration is common at high altitudes–You actually lose most of your hydration through breathing out tiny amounts of water vapor each time you exhale. So pack a water bottle if possible.

  2. Monitor alcohol consumption. If you choose to have libations, remember that at this elevation, you are already most likely dehydrated (for the above mentioned reason). This is the reason why alcohol has a more profound effect on someone at elevation. Your tolerance in the mountains is much lower than back at home in lower elevations.

  3. Pace yourself the first day. Do not be overcome by the wealth of mountain terrain. If you are not used to high altitudes, use the first day to acclimate your body to the decrease in oxygen levels.

  4. Besides water, hydrate your body with something high in electrolytes. Acli-Mate Mountain Sport Drink, Pedialyte, Gatorade and Powerade are all great options to aid in the prevention of altitude sickness.

    Groceries in Gunnison

    We highly recommend our guests stop at City Market in Gunnison to purchase groceries for their stay. We do have a small grocery store in Crested Butte called Clark’s that is a great store for the small size of CB but the selection is limited compared to City Market. It’s about a 50 minute drive from City Market in Gunnison to our home in Crested Butte. Address: 880 N Main St