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“Complimentary Gondola”

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 October 2, 2013

Wow, you can ride up and down the gondola with superior views.. And it is free..love it .. 13 minutes to town...

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Reviewed October 1, 2013

If you travel alllll the way to Telluride and miss this, you are missing out big time!! First of all, It's FREE and the ride is gorgeous!!! Certain times of year, you can sit in the gondola and count the waterfalls that you see in the mountains on the ride up. Breathtaking views of the mountains and Telluride. Friendly staff. Easy and calm ride. Not frightening. While riding up, ride all the way to the mountain village, enjoy the views, get some ice cream,coffee or dinner, shop, etc. Plan on at least 1.5 hours, lots to do and see!! I highly recommend it!!

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Reviewed October 1, 2013

Great way to get around between Mountain Village and Telluride or to go on a hike, and did I mention it was free!

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Reviewed September 30, 2013

It was free sustainable and all the people who worked for the Gondola were exceedingly friendly and helpful. If you go don't forget to make a donation!

Thank TomS1502
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Reviewed September 29, 2013

A quick way to get around the mountain, it doesn't get any better! This free and green project is a great method of transport. We went to dinner via the Gondola, and to the market via gondola... so easy, such great views and so peaceful!

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