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Telluride Mountain Village Gondola

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Address: Telluride, CO 81435
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+1 877-358-7122
07:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 00:00
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Discover our preferred form of transportation - a free gondola - that...

Discover our preferred form of transportation - a free gondola - that transports residents and visitors from Telluride to Mountain Village. The gondola, the first and only free public transportation of its kind in the United States, officially opened December 20, 1996, and was originally built to help improve air quality while expanding the ski area. Grab a front row seat with Mother Nature at 10,500 feet and access biking, hiking and skiing trails as well as shops, restaurants and watering holes. Fun Facts: Approximately 2.61 million passengers ride the gondola annually - and safely - and over 39 million riders have been transported since opening day. The gondola operates roughly 287 days each year with routine maintenance scheduled during our shoulder season months. It takes about 13 minutes to get from the Town of Telluride to the Town of Mountain Village. A cabin travels 11 miles per hour at full speed, which means each cabin travels over 52,000 miles per year. Approximately 50 percent of our cabins are pet accessible. We also have wheelchair accessible cabins. The trip between the two towns is eight miles long whereas the gondola travels three miles between the two towns. If we relied on rubber transportation, it would take 18 50-passenger buses to maintain a 900-people per hour capacity. This would translate to more people on the road and more pollutants in the air. The Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association purchases renewable energy credits from San Miguel Power Association, which funds the development and operation of regional renewable energy resources. The cost to build the gondola is $16 million, and revenues to support the operational cost, which exceeds $3.5 million annually and requires over 82,000 man-hours, are realized from a number of sources with the majority of funding from the Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association. San Miguel County and the Town of Telluride make a monetary contribution, and the Telluride Ski Resort contributes one percent of lift ticket sales.

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Great views and a wonderful way to get around.

We stay in the Mountain Village and use the gondola to get from our rental to the village center and then, after skiing, to get into town and back. The views going down and up... read more

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We stay in the Mountain Village and use the gondola to get from our rental to the village center and then, after skiing, to get into town and back. The views going down and up the mountain into town are fantastic. They gondola is a great way to keep traffic down and is extremely convenient.

Thank 68Aalum
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This double gondola will get you to/from the car park or the supermarket. But...the better one will carry you over the hill from Mountain Village to Telluride all day and until midnight. Too cold? Take a complimentary blanket to keep warm. Public transport at its best.

Thank Warwick M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The free gondola was located just steps from our hotel, Camel’s Garden. Views from the gondola were spectacular, especially since fall colors were at peak. We got off at Mountain Village, a planned ski community built in the late 1980s, and explored the area. It was very quiet during the off season. On our return trip we got off at... More 

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Pagosa Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Ride was smooth & quiet. Can take wonderful pictures of ski trails, Telluride, mountains and Mountain Village. Its a must thing to do on your visit.

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New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Safe, easy to get, the Gondola is great! It is a nice way to get around from Telluride to Mountain Village . The view is great. Either if you are skiing or just using it as transportation it works very well. And at night , you get to warm up with blankets that are available in each station.

Thank zesalazar10
new york
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the free gondola that links telluride to mountain village is a must to get around between the two. Pit stop on top to get off to ski. Try to go at night to see the lights of the town of telluride. Runs 7am to midnight.

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This free gondola takes travelers from the streets of Telluride, up and over the hill into the Mountain Village portion of Telluride Ski Resort. Transporting skiers, snowboarders, shoppers, and anyone who wants to go up from town, the gondola provides incredible views of the surround valley and mountains. A can't miss if visiting Telluride!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Gondola is free and great connection from Telluride to Mountain Village and the views are something special. Not only that the staff/operators were friendly and thoughtful. We tried to take a photo of the 'dogs in the gondola' picture on the wall at the top of the gondola (where Allreds is) but the doors to our gondola cabin closed... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What can you say....scenic....free....thoughtful blankets you take for your ride and efficient way to get around.

Thank Ozemail
Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stay in mountain village and the gondola is free and a great relaxing way to get to town. Enjoy the views and stop at the and get a drink at Allreds!!!

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