Silverthorne is located at 9,035 feet above sea level. The weather can vary spectacularly here. It might be 70 degrees and sunny one minute and then a spring snowstorm rolls in. Pack plenty of layers, including an insulating fleece and a waterproof rain jacket for summer and warm outer layers for winter. Always bring a jacket, even in mid summer. Hats are important for shade and sun protection, and the bright sun calls for sunglasses.
For more weather information, check out the Silverthorne weather forecast here.
Life at Elevation
Silverthorne’s high altitude climate is arid and exposed, and visitors are susceptible to altitude sickness, sunburn, and dehydration. Follow these tips to protect yourself from the elements.
Oxygenate. Those canisters of oxygen you see in shops are not a joke. Taking a hit of oxygen when you’re feeling winded or light-headed can help your body adjust to the high altitude.
Drink up. Water, that is. Staying hydrated counteracts the fluid loss caused by high altitude. Avoid caffeinated and sugary drinks, as these can act as diuretics and lead to dehydration.
Alcohol in moderation. Alcohol can inhibit your body’s ability to absorb oxygen, so go easy on the booze.
Wear sunscreen. Reapply frequently. The thin air exacerbates the sun’s strength and increases your exposure to UV and UVA rays. Apply sunscreen first thing in the morning and throughout the day to avoid painful sunburns.
Go slow. We know. You didn’t come here to rest. You came here to charge into the mountains and rivers and adventures we all know and love. But do yourself a favor and ease into it while you adapt.
Listen to your body. If you experience severe headaches, nausea, or shortness of breath that isn’t alleviated with sleep, hydration, or pain relievers, head to a lower elevation or seek medical attention. Remember that it takes time to acclimate and allow yourself a day or two to adjust.