Town of Mountain Village

The best commute you could ask for!

At the base of the Telluride ski area, the Gondola links the Town of Mountain Village with historic Telluride providing the only FREE public transportation system of its kind.

In summer, the resort transforms into an icon of music and events - home to world-famous music and film festivals.  The Telluride Ski Area has added over 300 acres in the last few years, offering some of the most stunning skiing and riding on the planet.

Gondola Facts:

  • The FREE 13 minute (3 mile) gondola ride connects the towns of Mountain Village and Telluride.
  • The gondola transports over 2 ½ million passengers annually and safely.
  • A gondola cabin travels about 11 mph at full speed, which means each cabin travels over 52,000 miles per year.
  • The gondola can transport 900 people per hour between the two towns. It would take eighteen fifty-passenger buses to drive the 8 mile trip resulting in more people on the road & more pollutants in the air.
  • Every 4th cabin allows pets. There are wheelchair accessible cabins in addition to summer bike racks and winter ski/snowboard racks.

Our Jobs

Summer season: May 12, 2014- October 19, 2014

Gondola Operators

  • Friendly, front-line employees
  • Valid driver's license
  • DOT drug testing
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions at 10,000 feet in elevation
  • Able to lift up to 40 pounds
  • Able to stand for long periods of time assisting passengers at gondola terminals

Jobs in the Spotlight

Gondola Operators

Town of Mountain Village - San Juan Mountains, Southwest Colorado

Seasonal Entry Level - Gondola Operators

Our Ideal Candidate

Friendly, front line employees that love to share their knowledge and passion about the gondola, local recreational opportunities and fabulous restaurants that the Mountain Village/Telluride area has to offer.

Room and Board

Housing is not included with the position, however, there are many options in the area available to suit your preferred living environment:

  • Village Court Apartments in Mountain Village: a five minute walk from the gondola, chair lift, grocery store, Nordic skiing/ biking/ hiking trails. Offers studio, one, two, and three bedroom rentals. Minimal dog rental units are available. 
  • Big Billies in Mountain Village: single occupancy studios, including utilities. $450 deposit and a $25 application fee. For more information, contact 970-728-7470. 
  • Telluride Daily Planet: classifieds is a great place to start for house/apartment rentals as well as "roommates wanted".
  • The San Miguel Regional Housing Authority provides assistance in finding affordable housing to fit your needs. 
  • Craig’s List 


  • $13.00 per hour PLUS $1.00 per hour bonus upon completion of the season
  • Discounted Ski Pass (winter only)
  • Four day set sechedule - allows three days a week to explore the region
  • Employee shuttles to/from Montrose, Norwood and Cortez for $2/ride 
  • Many activities are already free for all: public transportation, downhill mountain bike park, Nordic skiing/hiking/biking trails, 18 hole disc golf

Getting Here and Getting Around

The free gondola operates from 7:00 am until midnight from:

  • the Town of Mountain Village
  • the base of the Telluride Ski Area
  • Station St. Sophia at the top of the mountain (access to skiing, hiking/biking trails and the Mountain Bike park)
  • the Town of Telluride

Mountain Village free bus service
Mountain Village free Dial-A-Ride service
Telluride free bus route

Distances from major towns/destinations:

  • 1 1/2 hours south of Montrose
  • 1 1/2 hours northeast of Cortez
  • 2 hours north of Mesa Verde National Park
  • 2 hours south of Black Canyon National Park
  • 3 hours from Moab, Utah and Canyonlands and Arches National Parks
  • 7 hours southwest of Denver
  • 7 hours southeast of Salt Lake City
  • 8 hours north of Phoenix

For Fun

Summer ~

Climb a 14’er! The rugged San Juan Mountains have thirteen peaks over 14,000 feet.   The Mountain Village hiking/biking map  and Telluride hiking Guide will also help you navigate through many of the additional Mountain Village high alpine routes, historic walks and popular hikes.
Downhill mountain biking: The free Mountain Village bike park appeals to intermediate  and expert downhill bikers with its 1,000 feet of vertical drop, 30-plus berms, and various jumps.  The 2002 World Cup downhill race course includes log jams, steep drops, jumps and unavoidable obstacles of up to 10 feet tall.
Backcountry huts: Provide access for hut-to-hut skiing, biking and hiking
Biking: Most beginner and advanced hiking/biking trails can be reached via the free gondola.
Bouldering: The free climbing rock in Mountain Village is a challenge for all ages.
Disc golf: We invite you to challenge your skills on our free, par three, 18 hole disc golf course in Mountain Village
Golf: At 9500 feet, keeping your eye on the ball and off the towering peaks may be one of your biggest challenges. This par 70, 6,574 yard 18 hole golf course is surrounded by the highest concentration of 14,000 foot peaks in North America.
Festivals and Activities throughout the summer include: Free Wednesday summer concert series in Mountain Village, Bluegrass, Jazz, Chamber, Americana, and Blues and Brews, and the Ride Festivals, Telluride Film and MountainFilm Festivals, Balloon Festival, Wine Festival Hardrock 100 and Imogene Pass Runs, Mountains to the Desert Bike Ride,  Arts: Plein Air,  Mushroom Festival Yoga Festival


Ski Telluride: “The most beautiful place you’ll ever ski” averaging more than 300 inches of snow and 300 days of sunshine.   With 2000 skiable acres and a vertical drop of 4,425 feet, the resort remains uncrowded throughout the season.  Beginners and intermediate skiers can ride to the highest peaks and enjoy terrain and views typically reserved for the experts.  CAUTION:  The terrain in Black Iron Bowl, Gold Hill chutes, and Palmyra Peak is for expert skiers and snowboarders only.  Cliffs and narrow chutes exist.
Backcountry huts: Provide access for hut-to-hut skiing, biking and hiking
Heli-Skiing: Provides pleasurable skiing conditions at 10,000 – 14,000 feet accessible only by helicopter
Nordic skiing/ snowshoeing: Over 8 miles of groomed trails right out your door
Skating: Telluride’s Hanley Rink is a covered NHL size rink for skating and hockey.

How to Apply

Click on our link to learn more about us! Additional information about the Gondola Operation positions is available by clicking on Apply Now.

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Season: Summer and Winter

Housing: Apartments for Rent Nearby

Staff Size: 135

Age Requirement: 18

Location: Mountain Village, Telluride, Colorado