Avoid High Altitude Illness
The top of the resort is almost two miles above sea level!
- Exercise in moderation.
- Drink more water than usual. When you combine altitude with physical exertion, you need to drink before you get thirsty.
- Eat food high in carbohydrates, such as grains, pasta, fruits and vegetables and avoid salty foods.
- Limit alcohol consumption. Drinking alcohol and cheating yourself on sleep the night before you hike or bike is a big mistake. Use common sense.
- Eat and drink before you hit the trail. Take extra water and high-energy food with you on the trail.
Dress Appropriately for Changing Weather
- Wear adequate footgear with good arch, ankle support and non-skid soles.
- Mountain weather may change at any time without warning. Thunder and lightning are very common. Be prepared for bad weather. Always carry extra, warm and waterproof clothing, including a hat.
- Sunglasses are important not only for UV protection, but also protection from the wind which can make it hard to see objects around you.
Use Proper Skin Care Protection
- Be sun savvy. Utah sunshine is so intense that being outdoors without sunscreen or protective eyewear is not recommended. Ultraviolet rays are more powerful at higher elevations.
- Use sunglasses that have UV protection or are polarized.
- Also, regardless of your skin color or complexion, everyone needs to wear sunscreen, even on overcast days when ultraviolet rays still penetrate cloud cover. Go for at least 15 SPF and apply several times a day. Look for broad-spectrum sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays.
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