Adaptive skiers get new car

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Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. recently added a new cabin to its gondola that is like no other.

Cabin No. 129 was built specifically to be more convenient for adaptive skiers, particularly wheelchair users.

"This cabin has doors that open wider for entry, benches that fold up, accommodating wheelchairs, and larger windows," Steamboat spokesman Mike Lane said.

Adaptive skier Craig Ken--nedy said the new cabin means that wheelchair users can roll through the gondola line to board the special cabin for the trip to Thunderhead. In the past, they've had to depend on others to pre-strap them into a sit ski for an uncomfortable ride to the top.

The new cabin also means the gondola is accessible to wheelchair users who enjoy riding to the top of the mountain for the scenery or for a meal, Kennedy pointed out.

Lane said the cabin was built by CWA of Switzerland (the same company that built the original eight-passenger cabins) at a cost of $32,000.

It has been in use since March 18 and will be available for summer use.

-- To reach Tom Ross call 871-4205

or e-mail tross@steamboatpilot.com

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