Andy and Craig Kennedy

Photo by Matt Stensland

Andy and Craig Kennedy

Locals 2012: Andy and Craig Kennedy


Are You a Local? Quiz

Take Steamboat Living’s simple quiz to help determine whether you’re a cheechako or a sourdough when it comes to your tenure in Steamboat.

1. White out is used to:
A. turn legs into jelly
B. correct mistakes on a term paper
C. warm up your legs on the first run
D. A and C

2. Three current postal clerks’ names are:
A. Don, Tom and Ron
B. Fred, Hank and Harriet
C. Julie, John and Norbert

3. Locals used to gather atop Thunderhead in the early morning for:
A. advice from Billy Kidd
B. free coffee/mimosas
C. rope drop

4. I try this ski parking sequence, in order:
A. tiny lot below Knoll Lot, Ski Time Square, Knoll Lot, Meadows Lot
B. Meadows Lot, Knoll Lot, Ski Time Square
C. rodeo grounds, City Market, Wildhorse Meadows

5. Drink out of the Lithium Spring and you may get:
A. the trots
B. a euphoric feeling
C. a ticket
D. algae in your teeth

6. The original name of the Yampa River was:
A. Bear River
B. Steamboat River
C. Anything Town USA River
D. Billy Kidd Brook

7. The original hospital in town now is:
A. a medical marijuana dispensary
B. Old Town Pub
C. Old Town Hot Springs
D. a tattoo parlor

8. The following people attended Perry-Mansfield:
A. Dustin Hoffman, Julie Harris and Lee Remick
B. Justin Bieber and Justin Timberlake
C. Marilyn Monroe

9. Touch the Buddy Werner statue atop Mount Werner and you’ll get:
A. arrested
B. good luck
C. cold fingers

10. The following Broadway musical resulted from Agnes de Mille square dancing in a schoolhouse in Hayden:
A. “Grease”
B. “Oklahoma”
C. “West Side Story”

11. The word “Yampa” comes from:
A. a flowering, edible root that grows along the river
B. the founder of town, Herbert B. Yampa
C. an Indian greeting

12. The real name of today’s Lighted Man is:
A. Tom Hanks
B. Jon Banks
C. Claudius Banks

13. The name of our local mountain range is:
A. Park B. Elk
C. Zirkels
D. Never Summer

14. These bands played at the Inferno:
A. Dave Matthews, Clarence Gatemouth Brown and Sonia Dada
B. Lynyrd Skynyrd, Taj Mahal and the Suburbs
C. Grateful Dead, Jethro Tull and Charlie Daniels

15. The original name of Steamboat Ski Area was:
A. Billy Kiddville
B. Storm Mountain
C. Grouse Creek
D. Wally World

16. The old Routt County license plates started with:

17. Lincoln Avenue is so wide because:
A. it was designed to fit Hummers and Lincoln Navigators
B. it was used to drive cattle to stockyards
C. high school tuba players needed more room at Winter Carnival

18. The train depot once was one of the largest:
A. cattle shipping centers in the West
B. facilities to host Cabaret
C. coal-transfer stations in Colorado

How did you score?
5 points for each correct answer (90 total)
80 to 90: veritable John Crawford
70 to 79: Billy Kidd
60 to 69: five-year ski bum
50 to 59: came for the winter, stayed for the summer
Below 50: just visiting

Craig Kennedy, a T-12 paraplegic, sits back in his wheelchair, happy to be back home in Steamboat Springs. He has just returned from a consulting gig in London, training staff from 86 airlines about how to handle wheelchairs and other assisted devices. He’s glad to be back home rather than Heathrow Airport.

“The people here are the reason I stayed after my accident,” he says. “That and the quality of life.”

Craig, 40, who moved here in 1994 from Lake George, N.Y., still remembers the day that changed his life forever: March 28, 1996, when he broke his back skiing Vertigo after taking a jump, hitting some ice and landing on his backpack.

As program director for Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports — or STARS, a local nonprofit offering outdoor camps and programs for people with disabilities — he’s made it his mission to help others better lead changed lives, as well. His STARS programs and camps include skiing, biking, archery, fishing, water skiing, swimming and more. Craig and his wife, Andy, also co-authored the book “Access Anything: Go Anywhere and Do Anything,” an inside look at sports easily accessible to people with disabilities.

Andy, 39, who moved here in 1998, has altruistic callings, as well, serving as program director for the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council.

“I’d been to Colorado and knew I was always going to wind up here,” Andy says. “It’s like a big family here — everyone has a million things going on, but everyone still connects with one another.”

While her passion now is sustainability — “You can apply it to the economy, community and environment,” she says — Craig’s passion still is firmly rooted in helping people with disabilities lead active lives.

That, of course, and sit-skiing the slopes of Mount Werner. On any given powder day, he’s regularly the first person in line, leaving his telltale three-tracks before able-bodied skiers have even clicked into their bindings.

“Honestly, I think I enjoy skiing more now,” says Craig, who logs as many as 80 ski days per year. “It’s been more of a challenge to get to where I am, which makes me love it that much more.”


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