LOCATION & TRAVEL INFORMATION
Westminster, Colorado, is the 8th largest city in Colorado and known for its sweeping views of the Rocky Mountains, abundance of open space, and extensive trail system. The city is ideally positioned 15 minutes from both Denver and Boulder, allowing attendees easy access to explore all the area has to offer.
The city is located just 25 miles or 30 minutes from Denver International Airport (DEN). All major airlines fly in and out of DEN including American, Delta, United and budget airlines like Southwest, Frontier, and Allegiant.
There are more than 10 major rental car companies that serve travelers to DEN as well as rideshare services. For a list of ground transportation providers with accessible transportation options, click here.
THE WESTIN WESTMINSTER
The Westin Westminster is nestled conveniently between Boulder and downtown Denver, offering a true feeling of authentic Colorado. Enjoy everything the area has to offer, including its convenient location on the promenade, walking distance from shops, restaurants and the nation’s largest ice arena. The AAA Four Diamond Westin Westminster features Westin Heavenly Beds, an indoor heated lap pool, an outdoor hot tub with a view, fully equipped fitness center and upscale cuisine at Kachina Southwestern Grill. (Colorado.com)
ASCEND’s footprint will take over much of the hotel’s 76,000 square feet of meeting space—entirely located on the ground floor—and 370 guest rooms. Parking at the hotel is free for all ASCEND attendees.
Rooms are available at a discounted, negotiated rate of $229 per night (plus taxes & fees) as part of the IRSF room block when booked by May 31, 2024. This rate will be honored on the days surrounding the summit dates.
Please note the room block is reserved for attendees of ASCEND only. You must register for ASCEND to book in this block.
Room registrations for individuals who have not registered for ASCEND will be canceled and released on April 15, 2024.
Jim Schroath, Board President, Rocky Mountain Rett Assoc.
HIGH ALTITUDE INFORMATION
Denver really is a mile high, but most people don’t even notice the altitude difference. The air is just thinner and dryer. In fact, many people with respiratory problems move to Denver for the benefits of the dry air. Follow these tips to stay happy and healthy. (From Visit Denver)
Before your trip to Denver, and while you are here, drinking plenty of water is the best way to help your body adjust easily to our higher altitude. The low humidity in Colorado keeps the air dry, like the desert, so you need about twice as much water here as you would drink at home closer to sea level. Dehydration is a contributor to altitude sickness, in addition to the obviously reduced blood oxygen saturation levels.
In Denver’s rarified air, golf balls go ten percent farther… and so do cocktails, at least until you’ve acclimatized to the altitude and dry climate. Recent studies have shown that until you are fully acclimatized, your body can’t process alcohol as well, so go easy on the libations. Alcohol can also exasperate dehydration.
Foods such as broccoli, bananas, avocado, cantaloupe, celery, greens, bran, chocolate, granola, dates, dried fruit, potatoes, and tomatoes will help you replenish electrolytes by balancing salt intake.
The effects of exercise are more intense here. If you normally run 10 miles a day at home, you might try 6 miles in Denver until you build up the red blood cells.
With less water vapor in the air at this altitude, the sky really is bluer in Colorado. But there’s 25 percent less protection from the sun, so sunscreen is a must. Denver receives more than 300 days of sunshine each year (more than San Diego or Miami). Bring sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm… even in winter.
Two days before your trip to Denver, check the weather and use this information to pack appropriately. Because the sun is especially powerful in Denver, it can feel much warmer than the actual temperature during the daytime, but then become very chilly after sundown, particularly in the spring and fall. It is best to layer your clothing.