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“this is what makes telluride!”

Telluride Mountain Village Gondola
Ranked #1 of 56 things to do in Telluride
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Owner description: 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.
Miami, Florida
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52 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“this is what makes telluride!”
Reviewed January 12, 2013

its great that you do not need a car to go anywhere in telluride! the gondola takes you straight to the town or to mountain village! its fast and the view is awesome!

Visited January 2013
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Phoenix, Arizona
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“best free ride ever!”
Reviewed January 10, 2013

It's free, it's fabulous! We loved our evening ride with twinkling lights. Best way to get to and from Mountain Village and Telluride.

Visited January 2013
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Bangor, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Quick way to get around”
Reviewed January 10, 2013

Definitely a great way to move to and from the mountain village. There are definitely great views to be seen during the day from all sides. We visited in the summer and only imagine what it's like in the winter. Hopefully we will come back to experience a winter in the area.
It's free transportation, so you can't beat that.

Visited July 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 626 helpful votes
“If it's Free it must be good, Right ?”
Reviewed January 4, 2013

Having skied all over the globe it is very rare that you get anything for free from a resort but obviously the good burghers of Telluride realised early if they come , they'll Ski !! And also stay , buy , eat , drink etc , etc , etc ! The Gondola runs from early am to late pm and is a quick and easy way to access the Mountain and the resort plus Telluride ! A great incentive by the Town and the Resort .

Visited November 2012
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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Free and Efficent”
Reviewed January 2, 2013

Great way to get over the mountain. Its free and very skier friendly! It can get a little cold but thats to be expected. It runs after the lifts close I think until midnight

Visited December 2012
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