Summer in Breck brings glorious sunshine, breathtaking bluebird skies and beautiful greenery. At an average Summer temperature of 70 degrees during the day and 50 degrees at night, typical summer apparel works great for most activities.
A quick afternoon rain shower is to be expected and will come and go, refreshing all of the natural mountain foliage. Evenings will cool off considerably and often call for a thick hoodie or light jacket.
• Average daytime temperature: 70 degrees • Average nighttime temperature: 50 degrees
*Be sure to bring some warmer clothes for night time activities.*
The town of Breckenridge is approximately 9,600 feet (2 miles) above sea level. Upon arrival, visitors may experience some minor side effects due to high elevation (slight headache, thirstiness, fatigue). Below are a few tips and suggestions for staying healthy while enjoying your stay in the mountains:
Little Nya Jane conquered Mt. Bierstadt with us in 2014
Drink plenty of water: This is no joke - you'll want to drink lots of water a few days before you fly out and lots of water as soon as you get into town. You may tend to become dehydrated more quickly at high altitude than at sea level, so drink plenty of water and other fluids (8 to 10 glasses daily or more). Also, at altitude you may not sweat as you do at sea level, and therefore you won't realize that your body is losing hydration. Personally, we enjoy decaf tea, especially peppermint or ginger. We also always carry a water bottle with us everywhere we go in CO.
Monitor your alcohol intake: You should also avoid drinking alcoholic beverages for the first 24 hours of your stay. In Breck's rarified air, golf balls go 10% farther - and so do cocktails! Alcohol drinks pack a stronger punch, so go easy on your intake.
Pack for sun: Colorado receives over 300 days of sunshine each year, so don't forget sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, and lip balm. Avoid sunburn! Adequate UV (ultraviolet) protection is a must. At this elevation, the atmosphere is thinner and provides less protection from the sun's UV rays. During high exposure activities such as summer hiking, those with fair skin may experience sunburn after only two hours of sun exposure - even after applying maximum sunscreen protection. Be sure to reapply it at least every four hours. If you're perspiring or getting wet from the snow or water, apply it more frequently.
Listen to your body: When you first arrive, acclimate yourself for a period of time prior to beginning strenuous activities (hiking, mountain biking, etc.). If you experience symptoms such as headache, insomnia and/or fatigue, you may have a mild form of altitude sickness. These symptoms are a warning to decrease your activity level. If symptoms persist or begin to worry you, don't hesitate to come to the Emergency Medical Clinic located in the Village Square, 555 South Park Avenue. Call 970-453-1010 for hours. You may also go to the Emergency Room at the St. Anthony Summit Medical Center on Highway 9 in Frisco.
Pay Attention to the Weather: There's an old saying here in the Colorado Rockies: "if you don't like the weather, wait ten minutes...it's sure to change." At this elevation, the weather can change quickly. Sudden and violent storms can appear and surprise even the most experienced outdoorsman. Be aware of distant clouds, lightning and sudden increases in wind and move to a sheltered location. August/September is a beautiful time of the year in the mountains with typical temperatures in the low 70s. It cools down at night, so a light fleece or fall jacket is always a good idea. Typically evening temperatures are in the 40s-50s.
Dress in Layers: Because we are closer to the sun, it can feel much warmer than the actual temperature during the daytime, but then become very chilly after sundown.
To Pack: Water bottle, sunglasses (bring with you to the wedding), layers, sunscreen, hat, lip balm, headache medicine. Enjoy Yourself! Don't let high altitude scare you. The air here is just thinner and drier, and as long as you take the proper precautions and prepare yourself, you will very likely not even notice the difference.