High Alpine Tips
Copper is more than just a world-class playground. It's an adventure, an experience, a memory waiting to happen. And, it's even better if you have the inside track to Copper at it's best. Here are a few tips to help you make your next Copper adventure as perfect as possible.
Water, Water and More Water!
Drink lots of it! At 10,000 feet above sea level, the air is not only thin in the oxygen department, but in moisture content too. Experts say that eight 8 oz. glasses of water per day is the amount you need to stay hydrated. Also, remember that coffee and alcohol both act as de-hydrants. Even a seasoned java-head or party-goer needs to go easy on these, especially the first couple of days.
Sun, Sun and More Sun!
Summit County enjoys 300 days of sunshine per year. And it's not just your average sunshine. It's brighter, hotter and a lot more intense. Generous amounts of sunscreen are strongly encouraged - at least 15 SPF. And don't forget lip balm. The dry sunsoaked air and wind at Copper will scorch those lips. UV rays are about 40% stronger here than they are at sea level.
Where to Go? What to Do?
Check out our Activities section for all the latest info on what to do around Copper. Whether you're planning to hike or go on a bike ride, be sure to grab a map and always remember to be prepared!
When hiking or biking in the high country, remember the Boy Scout motto, "Be Prepared." It is strongly recommended that you buy a topographic map of the area you plan to be hiking and carry a compass. Also carry plenty of water, high-energy food, sunscreen, sunglasses, rain jacket, fleece jacket, warm hat and gloves. Be aware that Colorado weather often changes rapidly and it may snow in the summer months above timberline (around 11,500 feet in Summit County). Afternoon storms often occur in during the summer months, so always plan to be back below timberline by 1pm, even on a sunny morning. Always let others know where you will be hiking and your expected return time.
Effects of High Altitude
The effects of high altitude are significant, so plan hikes according to your ability and fitness level. Some of the symptoms of altitude sickness include headaches, lack of appetite, dizziness and sleeplessness. Be sure to drink extra water (64 oz. a day is recommended) while visiting the high country because of the dry climate.
These are just a few of the things you may need to know to make your vacation adventure run smoothly. If there's anything else you need to know, just ask. Copper employees are all easy to identify (just look for a friendly face shining out from inside a uniform) and ready to assist you in any way they can. We are proud of the high ratings guests give to our employees and each of them is trained to help you with whatever questions or concerns you might have.