One of the most common health problems for Crested Butte's visitors is altitude sickness - especially for visitors who normally live at very low or sea level altitudes. Altitude sickness is a reaction that a person can have when they travel from a low altitude to a high one without giving their body much time to get used to the change.

Some of the symptoms of altitude sickness are dizziness, nausea, headaches, and shortness of breath. One of the best ways to prevent altitude sickness is to drink a LOT of water. Other suggestions include taking it easy for the first 24-48 hours after arriving in a high altitude area and let the body get used to it. In other words, for someone prone to altitude sickness, skiing for eight hours on the first day of a vacation is not advisable.

If any visitor to Crested Butte needs medical attention while in town or on the mountain, there are four clinics available. Gunnison Valley Hospital is a small hospital in the city of Gunnison, which is a short distance from Crested Butte. The main purpose for Gunnison Valley Hospital is to serve people who are involved in an emergency situation. The local hospital qualifies as one of the country’s Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals.