The Most Innovative Transportation System in North America
Operating since 1996, the gondola transportation system has been praised for providing free, convenient, and environmentally sound transportation. Unlike other gondolas that simply serve as a ski lift, Telluride's gondola also links the historic Town of Telluride to the european style Town of Mountain Village. The gondola received the 1998 Mountain Sports and Living Design Award for Resort Access Innovation, and was named the 1999 Outstanding Transit Project by the Colorado Association of Transit Agencies.
Linking two towns, the gondola is the only transportation system of its kind in North America. Running daily from 7:00 am to 12:00 midnight, the 13-minute gondola ride eliminates the 20-minute, eight-mile drive between both towns.
Environmental Benefits & Ease of Use
The gondola provides quiet and visually spectacular transportation, virtually eliminating noise and air pollution, parking demands, and the need for people to drive their vehicles to ski or work. Telluride visitors enjoy the convenience of the gondola and comment on what a spectacular, scenic ride it offers. Pets and mountain bikers are also welcome to use this free public mode of transportation to access designated hiking and biking trails on the mountain.
The gondola operates year-round, with six-week closures in the spring and fall for maintenance. For more information about the gondola, please visit the Town of Mountain Village website.