Traveling to Vail, Colorado for a destination surgery? We have provided some important information to make your travels more enjoyable.
Travel to Vail
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Vail, Colorado sits at 8,150 feet above sea level where the air is thinner and contains less oxygen than at lower elevations. When traveling to Vail for orthopaedic care, patients are encouraged to spend an extra day at a moderate elevation like Denver, if possible, which is situated at 5,280 feet above sea level, before heading up to the high country. This will allow your body a chance to slowly adjust to the change in elevation. Drinking plenty of water and avoiding caffeinated beverages and alcohol are also recommended. For more information, read "How to Stay Healthy at High Altitude."
Weather is also a consideration when traveling to Vail. Because the temperature and weather can change suddenly and significantly in the mountains, visitors are encouraged to check the weather report before leaving home and pack plenty of layers, warm clothes and accessories (hats, gloves, neck gators, etc.). Although Vail sees an average of more than 300 days of sunshine each year, the temperature can drop significantly when the sun is not out, even in the summer. And patients should keep in mind that when the sun is shining in the thin mountain air, it is powerful, and sunscreen and sunglasses are essential.