Brief by Allen Best
Altitude – March 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine
The New York Times recently had a travel piece about Breckenridge, but one reader, Rudolph Pick, from Florida, thought the story incomplete. That belief is based on his personal experience.
My first night was a horrible experience I could not breathe. First thing in the morning, I went to the first-aid station, where it was determined that the oxygen content of my blood was 70 percent only. The high altitude of the resort — almost 10,000 feet — was the cause.
They immediately put me on oxygen and that helped. I was able to ski during the day, but at night, I had to use a rented oxygen cylinder.
Visitors from sea level, he advised, should first stay at an intermediate level, take pills, or both.