Briefs for Feb. 27

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— Gondola base parking lot closed Wednesday

The Steamboat Ski Area's Lot 1 will be closed to the public all day Wednesday, said Heidi Thomsen, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. public relations manager. The closure is due to an event for the National Brotherhood of Skiers annual summit, which began Saturday in Steamboat and continues through March 3.

Lot 1 is the parking lot at the immediate base of the ski area's gondola building. Vehicles access the lot from AprÃs Ski Way.

All vehicles, including shuttles, are encouraged to use the Gondola Transit Center for pick-ups and drop-offs Wednesday.

Free ski area parking options include the Knoll Lot and the Meadows Lot. Parking also is available at the Gondola Square Parking Structure for a fee. Shuttle service from the Meadows Lot runs continuously from 7:15 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily. Steamboat Springs Transit offers free bus transportation from the transit center to downtown Steamboat and most condominium locations.

Icy roads, blowing snow causing accidents

Two people were injured in a head-on vehicle collision on U.S. Highway 40 on Sunday evening.

Colorado State Patrol Trooper Melissa Remner said Megan Sawyer, 22, of Denver, was driving eastbound on U.S. 40 west of downtown Steamboat Springs at about 6 p.m. when, while rounding a corner, her Subaru slid on ice and swerved into the oncoming lane. Sawyer's vehicle collided head-on with a Pontiac driven by Kim Maneotis, 45, of Craig. Both drivers were transported to Yampa Valley Medical Center on Sunday night.

Hospital spokeswoman Christine McKelvie said Maneotis was treated and released, and Sawyer remained at the hospital in fair condition Monday.

Remner said Sawyer was issued a citation for careless driving resulting in injury. Drugs or alcohol are not suspected in the accident. Remner said ice and blowing snow led to at least five vehicle accidents in Northwest Colorado, in addition to numerous minor accidents in Steamboat, since Friday.

"If you don't feel comfortable continuing to drive, the best thing to do is put your hazards on and get as far to the side of the road as you can," Remner said. "The slower you're driving, the better."

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