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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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Four minutes from town to Mountain Village via the gondola or 19 minutes by car...hmmm...I think I'll go with the gondola every time. It is not only faster, but the views are... read more

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Four minutes from town to Mountain Village via the gondola or 19 minutes by car...hmmm...I think I'll go with the gondola every time. It is not only faster, but the views are incredible, it's decently warm, and you are dropped off exactly where you need to be. It also runs until midnight! You can easily take your ski gear. And... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Gondola is a MUST do for anyone visiting Telluride. It is free and runs until fairly late from the town to Mountain Village.

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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We always stay in Mountain Village and love the convenience of being able to hop on the gondola to go to dinner in Telluride. It's safe for the kids to take on their own too. Dog friendly.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

How can you go wrong with a free gondola ride as public transportation the kids love it and it's easy to get around

1 Thank William M
Evergreen, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

What's not to like. It's free. How many other ski towns have a free gondola? There are two stops, so you can try them both.

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Durango, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed at a hotel 1 block from the gondola. We were in Telluride to ski. It was a five minute walk to hop on the gondola and ride up to Mountain Village. You get a fabulous panoramic view of Telluride and Mountain Village. It is all free and provides transportation to tourists and the locals coming and going to... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Apparently they go til midnight. We parked for free in this garage at Mountain Village and took one gondola to MV and then a second one up a mountain and over to Telluride itself. Clean, quiet, not heated, so dress for that part, if it's wintery. It was foggy going and dark returning so can't comment on the view

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new jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed up the road from Mountain Village entrance to slopes and drove to the outdoor parking area where a short walk leads to the upper gondola by the food market. No lockers there so boot up at car and walk to gondola - then back for lunch as there are 3 or so tables just outside entrance. Food market... More 

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Irving, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Its free. Don't need a lift ticket. Mountain Village is distinct difference from The Town of Telluride. Great shopping, food and meeting place.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the best things about telluride is the free gondola ! You can stay a couple thousand feet lower in town and ride the free gondola until midnight every night ! The views were spectacular and it takes you to town the mountain or the grocery store and parking lot up top !

Thank phil32738

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