This is for Mammoth Ski Club members and family members that experience symptoms of altitude sickness. Today we are going to discuss a frequent unwanted visitor on your trips to Mammoth Lakes and Mammoth Mountain Ski Area. I’m talking about Altitude Sickness. Altitude sickness can present itself as a mild to moderate headache, dizziness, and nausea.
I once took my 5 year old daughter skiing, got her to the mountain, dressed in her ski clothes and boots, got her lift pass, and she began to vomit when we reached the edge of the snow. (So close, yet so far away) She had been complaining of light altitude sickness symptoms, and I thought if I ignored the symptoms, they would go away. I was wrong.
We spent the rest of the day in our camper van trying to get her to feel better so we could ski that day. I gave her water to increase her oxygen in her blood. And I gave her anything she wanted that she thought she could keep down. By about 1:30 in the afternoon, I could see that the only remedy that would improve her condition would be to go down to Bishop where it is a much lower altitude, and she would have time to recover so maybe we could ski the next day of our trip to Mammoth Mountain.
Later that year, I was watching a show on the Discovery Channel I think, and they were talking about studies showing that the herb Ginko Biloba could provide relief and prevention of altitude sickness by thinning the blood slightly, and its’ other properties. They were using it in the Himalayas at those extreme altitudes. I found that I usually had dull headache when I went skiing, but I attributed that to a helmet that fit a little too tight.
Anyway, I found some Ginko Biloba at Trader Joes, and began to implement an altitude sickness prevention program. I’m happy to report that neither I nor my daughter has suffered a single day of altitude sickness since we have been practicing this prevention technique. For my daughter who is about 1/2 my weight, I give her a 1/2 Ginko Giloba tablet the day before we go up to high altitude. Then I give her 1/2 tablet the day that we go to higher altitude and everyday that we stay there. I weigh about 160 pounds and I take a whole Ginko Biloba tablet the day before and the day that we go to higher altitude, and keep taking 1 tablet a day as long as we are at higher altitude.
This has eliminated my dull headaches and my daughter’s nausea, dizziness and vomiting. Keep in mind that alcohol and to some extent caffeine will dehydrate you, so it is important to drink a lot of the good water available at Mammoth Mountain and Mammoth Lakes to stay hydrated.
I must say that Trader Joes Ginko Biloba must be a superior product. One time I made the mistake of buying the Ginko they had at Rite-Aid. The capsules were bigger and it wasn’t cheaper, but this Ginko failed to prevent or relieve the symptoms of Altitude Sickness. So I not only believe you should use any Ginko Biloba product to prevent and get relief from Altitude Sickness, but I believe that you need to use Trader Joe’s Ginko Biloba product for this advice to work for you. I can highly endorse Traders Joe’s Ginko Biloba because it has worked for me and my family, and increased our enjoyment when skiing at Mammoth Mountain.