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Among the most serious safety issues concerning traveling to or spending time in Breckenridge is the danger surrouding the region's prolific snowfall. Although the Breckenridge Ski Resort mostly depends on the many large storms that blanket the town in white each season, driving or flying in blizzard conditions can be very dangerous.
If you are planning to travel to Breckenridge by car during the winter months, be sure to check road conditions and weather forecasts prior to leaving. The Colorado Department of Transportation at 303-639-1111 is a good resource to use. If renting a car, opt for a version with 4 wheel drive; although it's highway driving all the way between Denver and Breck, and roads are well maintained, they can become snowpacked in storms.
Most airlines will cancel flights during inclement weather. If a snowstorm is expected, be sure to call your airline before leaving for the airport to avoid being stuck, possibly for days, at an unfamiliar airport.
Breckenridge's high altitude environment of 9,600 feet has been known to cause symptoms of altitude sickness, also known as acute mountain sickness. To avoide altitude sickness it is important that visitors remain well hydrated and avoid over exerting themselves during the initial days of their stay. Avoiding alcohol, tobacco and caffeine are also effective ways of preventing the onset of high altitude symptoms. If you are drinking alcohol, it's a good idea to drink less than you would at sea level, and alternate glasses of water with each alcoholic drink you consume.
If you are skiing or riding, pay careful attention to the weather reports and be sure to follow the safety recommendations of the Breckenridge Ski Resort as well as abide by the Skier's Responsibility Code. If you are on the slopes, it's your responsibility to "Know the Code" and to be aware of your actions and surroundings at all times, to prevent injury to yourself or others.
Always wear a helment when skiing or riding....serious injuries and even fatalities occur every year on the slopes that could have been prevented had people been wearing helmets.