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Telluride Mountain Village Gondola

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Address: Mountain Village Center, Telluride, CO 81435
Phone Number: +1 877-358-7122
07:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 00:00
Fee: No

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 way to get around and a beautiful free ride to the top of the mountain. Perfect for skiers and tourists alike.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great way to get around and a beautiful free ride to the top of the mountain. Perfect for skiers and tourists alike.

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Stilwell, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stayed a the Hotel Telluride (which we loved and will be headed back there next month). The provide a free shuttle down to where the Gondola takes you up to Mountain Village. It was really easy, fast, free and provides a comfortable ride up to the mountain with great views. Depending on when you get there the line could... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

How cool is this! I love that you can leave your car behind and go into town. Its quick, free and easy!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You have to take the gondola when you are there views are breathtaking !!, was very scary on night but was the best!

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not only is it a great means of transportation to and from Telluride/Mountain Village, but the Gondola also offers incredible views of both areas during the day and at night.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The gondola takes you from the heart of Teluride up to the Mountain Village in a matter of minutes. Great views. Great for skiers and non skiers alike, as it takes you to ski slopes and plenty of restaurants and shops.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The gondola is an awesome concept, free, fast and always available. Staff is friendly and helpful. My family loved going from place to place in this terrific gondola.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This gondola service is operated to move guests between three city of Telluride and the Mountain Village shop area. It was purebred and remains free fir the last 20 years.

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New Ulm, MN
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In an area well noted for its high prices for anything and everything, this is free? Are you kidding me? The Gondola provides incredible views of the beautiful box canyon city below while transporting you to a mountaintop where you can mountain bike, mountain hike, or continue on to the cool little bedroom community that uses the gondola as its... More 

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Iowa City, Iowa, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the only way to get around! The Gondola picks you up at the Mountain Village shopping area and runs down the mountain into Mountain Village center. Here's where you get off and shop, go to dinner, or hop on the next Gondola. The second trip stops at Sophia Station, and then runs down the mountain to Telluride. This... More 

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