Gondola Operators/Drivers
Mountain Village, Colorado

gondola at sunset

Telluride/Mountain Village - A great place to live, work & visit!

San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado


Gondola Operators/Drivers

Mountain Village, Colorado
Mountain Village, Colorado 81435
No experience required
Start Date:
Job starts immediately! (Feb 10, 2020)

Living and working at the base of the Telluride Ski Resort, provides many unique opportunities.

The FREE gondola connects the Town of Mountain Village with historic Telluride
providing the only FREE public transportation system of its kind.

Winter Season: November 11th, 2019  - April 5th, 2020

Summer Season: May 18, 2020 - October 18, 2020

Full Time, Year-Round Gondola Operator Positions also available with a generous benefits package!

Seasonal Gondola Operators
Our friendly front-line employees are responsible for loading passengers safely while sharing their knowledge and passion about the gondola, local recreational opportunities, and fabulous restaurants that Mountain Village/Telluride has to offer. Many of our seasonal employees work a season and then they are off to their next adventure, however, many stay on for multiple season or even go on to become full-time year-round employees.  We offer a generous benefits package for both seasonal and full-time year-round employees.  Regardless of what your plans are, as soon as you arrive you are welcomed by the team, the community and feel as if you are surrounded by good friends. 

  • Pay is $15/hr plus $1.00 per hour bonus upon completion of the season.
  • Four day work weeks 
  • Commuter shuttles may be available for $2 a ride to/from Montrose, Norwood, and Cortez.
  • Free public transportation
  • Season Ski Pass (valued at $2,250 - winter season only)
  • Furnished employee housing is available

Job requirements: 

  • Employees get to work at 10,000 feet in all weather conditions and do stand for long periods of time
  • Valid driver's license
  • Ability to lift up to 40 pounds (bikes, strollers, snowboards, skis...)
  • DOT drug testing
  • Full job description

Housing information:

  • Employee housing IS available- the Living situation is a fully furnished shared 1 bedroom or 2 bedroom Village Court Apartment. Winter 2019 Employee Housing is currently available.
    • Employees are paired with a member of the same-sex (couples or friends may be paired together space permitting)
    • Rent is automatically payroll deducted bi-weekly:
      • 1 Bedroom Rate (double occupancy): $570/month
      • 2 Bedroom Rate (triple occupancy): $510/month 
    • Unit is fully furnished - kitchen includes full-sized appliances and dishwasher
    • All bills paid - cable tv included (the internet is the employee's responsibility)
    • $500 deposit $50 Admin Fee and parking permit fee required. (Parking permit subject to availability.)  
    • Everything you need is within walking distance or a gondola ride away, so there is no need to bring a vehicle. Onsite parking is limited and first come first serve. 
    • Must be employed as a full-time seasonal employee to live in Employee Housing 
  • Contact HR@mtnvillage.org for additional information 

 Other Housing Options

  • Village Court Apartments in Mountain Village: a five-minute walk from the gondola, chairlift, grocery store, Nordic skiing/ biking/ hiking trails. Offers studio, one, two, and three-bedroom rentals. Minimal dog rental units are available. 
  • Big Billie's (summer season only) in Mountain Village: For more information, contact bigbillies@telski.com 970-728-7470. 
  • Telluride Daily Planet: The classifieds are a great place to look 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. 

Gondola Facts:

  • The 13-minute (3 miles) gondola ride connects the two towns of Mountain Village and Telluride
  • The gondola cabins can transport 900 people per hour between two towns.  It would take 18 fifty passenger buses to drive the 8-mile trip resulting in more people on the road and more pollutants in the air.
  • Every 2nd cabin allows pets; there are wheelchair accessible cabins in addition to summer bike racks and winter ski/snowboard racks
  • A gondola cabins travel about 11 mph at full speed
  • The longest section of the gondola has a vertical rise of 1,778 feet and is over 5,750 feet long.
  • The highest station is Station St. Sophia at an elevation of 10,500 feet above sea level.

For fun:

Living and working at 9,545 feet provides many recreational opportunities: the opportunities are limitless!

  • Back-country huts: provides back-country hut to hut skiing, biking and hiking.
  • Biking: Experience the NEW BIKE PARK for beginners and never-evers to experts.
  • Bouldering The Adventure Rock in Mountain Village Center is FREE to climb with routes for the novice to the expert climber.
  • Climb a 14'er! The rugged San Juan Mountains have thirteen peaks over 14,000 feet. The Mountain Village hiking/biking map will help navigate through many of the Mountain Village high alpine routes.
  • Disc golf: we invite you to challenge your skills on our FREE par three, 18 hole disc golf course.
  • Fishing Elk Lake is the place to be for artificial flies and lures in Mountain Village.  However, there is a fishing adventure for everyone from the gold medal Dolores River to the easily accessible San Miguel River.
  • 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.

Summer festivals include:

  • FREE Wednesday summer concert series in Mountain Village and Friday 
  • Annual music festivals:  Bluegrass, Jazz, Chamber, Americana, Blues & Brews, and The Ride 
  • Telluride Film and Mountain Film Festivals
  • Balloon Festival
  • Wine Festival
  • Hardrock 100 & Imogene Pass Runs
  • Mountains-to-the-Desert Bike Ride
  • Arts: Plein Air
  • Mushroom Festival
  • Yoga Festival

Neighboring parks include:

  • Mesa Verde National Park (2 hrs)
  • Black Canyon National Park (2 hrs)
  • Moab, UT (Canyonlands & Arches National Parks) (3 hrs)
  • Colorado National Monument (3 hrs)
  • Natural Bridges National Monument (3 1/2 hrs)
  • Chaco National Historic Park (4 hrs)
  • Canyon de Chelley (4 hours)
  • Lake Powell / Glen Canyon (5 hrs)
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park (5 hrs)
  • Grand Canyon National Park (6 hrs)
  • Rocky Mountain National Park (6 hrs)

Getting around town is easy

The FREE gondola operates from 6:30 am until midnight from Sun-Thur & 6:30 until 2 am Fri- Sat:

  • 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
  • is a condensed version of a gondola cabin supporting four passengers at a time during the ski season months
  • provides access between Mountain Village Center and the Meadows neighborhood
  • Free bus service in Mountain Village (summer only)
  • Free bus route in Telluride

Distance from major towns/destinations:

  • 1 1/2 hours south of Montrose
  • 1 1/2 hours northeast of Cortez
  • 2 hours north of Durango
  • 7 hours southwest of Denver
  • 7 hours southeast of Salt Lake City
  • 8 hours north of Phoenix

Apply now to join our crew.

It's not too late to join the adventure!

How to Apply

Winter Opportunity

For more information, www.townofmountainvillage.com


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