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Telluride Mountain Village Gondola

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Address: Telluride, CO 81435
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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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Gondola between Telluride and Mountain Village

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... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 6 days ago NEW 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed in the mountain village area. Great location. Easy access to gondola, food, ski shops, restaurants, outdoor skating, lifts and shopping. the entire village is super friendly. the family loved our ski vacation here. We at dinner most nights in Telluride. 13 minute free gondola ride to Telluride. Either place is excellent to stay for vacation. Both locations have... More 

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Orland Park, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The gondola is the best way to get the slopes. Beautiful views. It is free and rides all day and night, so convenient

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

By connecting Telluride to Mountain Village, and reverse, this gondola affords workers, vacationers, locals, and dogs (yes), to easily access the mountain/town for work or play. It is clean, efficient, quick, free and offers a 360 view on clear days. This gondola is awesome!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The views are breathtaking ! The town is very nice with some fantastic dining options including a STARBUCKS . We attended ski school and played all day. We took the free gondola up to the town and that ride was the icing on the cake.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'm still giving this a 5 star, because the views are amazing and having this free service is great. My entire family loves it. One family member who is a big traveler, said it is definitely on the top of things to do, because of the views. Stunning! As for me, I have height issues, and I did well... focus... More 

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