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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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So beautiful!

Went in the summer just for a ride and loved it! So beautiful and I'd go back every time in town. It's a must see.

Reviewed 1 week ago
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17 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Went in the summer just for a ride and loved it! So beautiful and I'd go back every time in town. It's a must see.

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phoenix, Arizona, USA
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed in both town and Village. Great way to go between these points. Shared the ride with some young skiers/boarders and staff commuters. Nice views especially overlooking Telluride. Worth a trip if you have not been skiing and already seen the views. Relaxing and quiet.

Thank steve m
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is definitely the Best Value in the Mountains! It is the most beautiful commute that I have ever been on - and it's FREE !!

Thank Warren D
Bloomington, Illinois
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3 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Riding the gondola was an ultimate experience! The views are simply breathtaking in both directions! A definite Must-Do if in Telluride and Mountain Village!

Thank TTinaglia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Amazing views as you take a free ride to the slopes. Clean, easy to access, and fun. Good for all ages.

Thank Jacque Y
Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Get all around Telluride on this free gondola. They are all spotless clean (some cabins allow dogs to travel in them). The staff is very easy going and gets the job done. The drop off and pickup locations are very central. All around well done transportation, and yeah, it's free!

Thank Boston2NC
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are in town or Mountain Village, no need for a car. Convenient way to get between MV and town. Everything is pretty close in MV and town, so easy to get around with a short walk at your destination.

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Silverthorne, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Surprisingly quick trip from Telluride to the Mountain Village. Great way to survey the runs, the town and meet new people.

Thank Susan K
Coatzacoalcos, Mexico
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is the hotel zone of Telluride and the best resorts are here just next ti the lift access and with all you could need for skying like equipment rental sky school and many cafes and apres sky bars and taverns Some of the resorts even offer sky valet for their guest

Thank TonyCardenas
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nowhere else can you experience such dramatic views from the transportation link between Telluride and Mountain Village. No cost to riders, and very convenient. You are lucky to be able to experience this!

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