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Telluride Mountain Village Gondola
Ranked #1 of 58 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.
Reviewed January 23, 2013

Apparently this is the only free public transport that links two cities in the US. A pedant might argue that Telluride and Mountain Village are not REALLY cities, however this conveyance is absolutely fantastic!

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Reviewed January 23, 2013

Great way to get between town and the Mountain Village. It makes it easy to stay in town which is charming and full of great places to eat and still have easy access to the ski services in the Village. The scenery is spectacular and it's free!

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Reviewed January 23, 2013

How can you not like a free gondola with stunning views that takes you places you want to go to? The gondola runs from 7 AM to 10 PM. The staff are great at helping you load and unload your skis. The gondola stations are central to both Telluride and Mountain Village.

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Reviewed January 23, 2013

It is free and very convenient!
No need for a car.
Staff are courteous.
It looks very well maintained and clean.

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Reviewed January 23, 2013

Didn't need to drive at all. Just took Gondola everything we needed to go into the city. The view was awesome too.

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