† Without notice the gondola may close temporarily due to weather conditions, a power outage, or something else that is beyond our control. When this occurs, we follow a specific operating procedure, which includes erecting closure signs and running our bus service. This usually transpires when the gondola is down for a prolonged amount of time - usually 30 minutes or more.
† Gondola hours are extended at various times throughout the year, usually for a special event or holiday. This information is listed as an event as part of our online calendar. Do expect long lines during peak times. As always, we appreciate your patience.
† During the months when the gondola is closed, we provide free bus service to and from the towns of Mountain Village and Telluride.
† If you accidentally leave a personal item in a gondola cabin, you will want to dial 970.729.3435 to speak to a gondola operations supervisor. Our procedure for handling lost items can be accessed via our lost and found Web page.
† We will do our best to accommodate passengers who wish to ride alone. To do so, please inform the gondola operator on duty.
† Approximately 2.25 million passengers ride the gondola annually - and safely - and over 35 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.