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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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Summer vacation time in Telluride.

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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Evergreen, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday 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 5 days ago NEW

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 NEW

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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 !

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There are few things in life as beautiful and and cheap (free) as the Telluride gondola. Take day or night and enjoy the sights.

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Sedona, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Quick and easy way to get to Mountain Village. Operators arw polite and helpful. Views are magnificent. Just go for the ride!

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Gondola is complimentary and services the town of Telluride and Mountain Village. The cars are your basic gondola that accommodate eight persons. You can get off mid-way to ski or continue on in to the Mountain Village resort area.

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Beijing, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Such a great way to travel between mountain village and the town. Workers are always incredibly helpful and professional.

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