Elevator puts Boler Mountain chalet on a whole new level

The ski chalet at Boler Mountain now has an elevator. It was made possible through a $45,000 grant from the federal government's Enabling Accessibility Fund.

Skiier Erin Bainbridge says the elevator will have an 'amazing impact'

Skier Erin Bainbridge, 29, lives with cerebral palsy uses a mobility device, is delighted that Boler Mountain's new chalet includes an elevator (Paula Duhatschek/CBC)

Erin Bainbridge, 29, has been skiing at Boler Mountain for most of her life, but until now she rarely used the ski chalet.

"It was never really an option for me," said Bainbridge, who has cerebral palsy and uses a mobility device. 

That's changed with the opening of Boler Mountain's new ski chalet, which includes multiple accessibility features including an elevator that was unveiled Friday afternoon.

The new elevator was made possible due to a $45,000 grant from the federal government's Enabling Accessibility Fund. 

To date, it's funded more than 2,890 workplace and community accessibility projects. The fund has an annual budget of $15-million. 

Bainbridge said the grant will make a big difference for students of London's Track 3 Ski School, which is based out of Boler Mountain and offers skiing and snowboarding lessons to children with disabilities. 

"It's really an amazing impact," said Bainbridge, who serves as program coordinator for Track 3 Ski School.

"When you have accessibility needs it's really awesome to have full access to the chalet and the mountain and everything."

Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, was in town for the funding announcement.

"I am very happy to see the London Ski Club take the initiative to make their facilities more accessible, so that everyone who wants to... Has the opportunity to learn how to ski or snowboard to remain physically active," said Hehr.