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Get your gondola cabin here

Aspen unveiled its new gondola cabins Sunday. The new cabins seat six, with the passengers facing one another. They'll be installed after the ski season ends; the old cabins will be available for purchase. (Paul Conrad/The Aspen Times)

If you’re already stressing over what to get that person who has everything for Christmas next year, how about a gift from the Silver Queen herself?The Aspen Skiing Co. will have 165 cabins from the Silver Queen Gondola on its hands shortly after ski season ends. Shiny, roomier models will replace the 18-year-old cabins. A couple of demos of the new models are sitting in the gondola plaza in Aspen.Aspen Mountain Manager Steve Sewell is determined not to turn the old cabins into landfill fodder, however. The Skico is selling them for $550.There have already been numerous inquires, according to Skico spokesman Jeff Hanle. One person asked about buying them in bulk for a discount, but no deal has been made, Hanle said.The cabins will be available beginningsee gondola on page A6May 15 in the Buttermilk parking lot. Reservations can be made by leaving a message with Joyce Hardy of the Skico at 920-0701. There’s bound to be a market for the cabins. Here are just a few possible uses: Buy a bunch, jury-rig them onto an old chairlift at an obscure ski area and score a marketing coup by convincing people you are the “Aspen” resort. Buy several and rent them out as employee housing. Convert one into an exclusive wine room or humidor. Transform one into the coolest kids’ playhouse or an all-weather porch swing. Buy one so you and that special someone can practice becoming members of the 15-minute club. (If you need to ask, forget about it.)Scott Condon’s e-mail address is

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