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“Fun way to enjoy the beauty of the area”

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 April 21, 2013

Great way to travel between Mtn. Village and Telluride. Access is easy and the views spectacular! Should be considered a must do.

Thank Marle C
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

You can ride from town to Mountain Village and beyond on this well staffed and free gondola. Needless to say the view is spectacular!!

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Reviewed April 10, 2013

The free gondola in Telluride connects the Town of Telluride with Mountain Village. From the time you embark until you disembark, there's nothing but spectacular, jaw-dropping views. We've ridden this gondola for years on our ski trips -- it's got to be one of the finest in the world. The "loaders" at the gondola stations are friendly and helpful, and there are lap blankets in case you need a little warmth on the short journey up or down the mountain. The "G" is particularly beautiful at night coming down into the Town of Telluride. Even if you aren't a skier, you can get on the "G" and enjoy the beautiful scenery. When our teens were smaller, they wanted to ride up and down and up and down. Thanks, Telluride and Mtn. Village, for keeping this as free transportation.

2  Thank LovingTelluride
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

A nice, free means of making it to the village and back without resorting to your car. Blankets provided for those chilly evenings.

Thank erparf
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

This is the only free gondola transportation system in the US. It connects the mountain village with the town. It runs until midnight. Rides at night can be very romantic. Get a great view of the town in a dark cabin.

Thank Runnerusa
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