Mountain Village Center to San Sophia Gondola Station Closure Scheduled

Words by Bill Kight / Community, Transportation

On Thursday, December 14 from 6:30 a.m. to midnight, the Town of Mountain Village will perform scheduled gondola maintenance and close the section of gondola running between Town of Mountain Village and San Sophia Station (mid-station). Gondola operations will resume regular operating hours Friday, December 15 at 6:30 a.m.

Section one of the gondola running between the Town of Telluride and San Sophia Station will remain open during regular operating hours for Telluride Ski Resort’s Skier Access. Additionally, the gondola line between Mountain Village Town Hall and the Village Center will operate as scheduled from 6:30 a.m. to midnight.

During the closure, to help move guests and residents between the two towns, the Mountain Village Transportation Department and the Town of Telluride’s Galloping Goose will provide bus service to supplement gondola service to run until the gondola mainline reopens on Friday morning. Passenger pick-up and drop-off locations include Oak Street Gondola Plaza, the San Miguel County Courthouse, Mountain Village Town Hall and Blue Mesa; buses will run approximately every 20 minutes.

For more information on Mountain Village’s transportation services, visit townofmountainvillage.com/getting-around. For information on Mountain Village, contact Marketing and Business Development Director Bill Kight at (970) 369-6430 or email.

Extended Gondola Hours Continue for the Winter Season

Words by Special Contributor / Community, Transportation

To support local businesses and promote safe late-night transportation, this winter the gondola will run on Friday and Saturday from 6:30 a.m. until 2 a.m. The new weekend hours will run beginning on December 15, 2017 through April 8, 2018.

The extended hours were made possible through a collaborative and cost-sharing effort by the Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association (TMVOA), Town of Mountain Village and Town of Telluride. The gondola will continue regular operating hours of 6:30 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday.

Accordingly, TMVOA has extended Dial-A-Ride in Mountain Village from 6:45 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday to ensure Town of Mountain Village residents and their guests have safe ground transportation to their homes. 

Photo credit: Ryan Bonneau.

Opening Day Announcement & Thanksgiving Activities

Words by Special Contributor / Community, Event, Recreation, Transportation

Telluride Ski Resort has delayed its opening day to Friday, December 1 and is targeting the following dates and activities:

The snowmaking team has worked for weeks to make snow, primarily above 11,000 feet, as temperatures have permitted. The resort’s increased snowmaking capability will allow the system to produce more snow as temperatures continue to drop.

For up-to-date information on snow conditions and Opening Day please visit, Telluride Ski Resort’s Snow Report, their Twitter page or by calling (970) 728-6900.

Thanksgiving Snow Jam

During Thanksgiving holiday weekend, guests can find a variety of activities available in Mountain Village including sledding and a rail park at the base of Chair 4 (Village Express). Activities are free to the public beginning Thursday, November 23 through Sunday, November 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Participants are required to have a “free activity ticket” and a signed waiver from the Mountain Village Ticket Office, below gondola plaza. Children under the age of 18 must have a parent present to participate. Sleds will be provided.

Thanksgiving Dinner & Restaurant Operations

In addition to on-snow activities, Allred’s and Altezza at the Peaks Resort will open Wednesday, November 22 for the season with special Thanksgiving menus. Reservations are encouraged. For more information call Allred’s, (970) 728-7474 or Altezza, (970) 728-2525.

Tomboy Tavern (Lunch, Apres & Dinner starting Tuesday, November 21), Crazy Elk Pizza (Lunch, Apres & Dinner starting Monday, November 20), and Siam’s Talay (Breakfast & Dinner starting Friday, November 24) will also open for the winter season.

Lodging

The Inn at Lost Creek and Telluride Resort Lodging re-open for guest stays. The Peaks Resort & Spa re-opens for guests arriving on or after Wednesday, November 22

Ski School, Eco Adventures & Child Care

Services are not available during the Thanksgiving holiday and will begin Saturday, December 2 for Opening Day.

Gondola Operations

The gondola will open as scheduled Friday, November 17 between Telluride, Mountain Village and the Gondola Parking Garage. Hours of operation are 7 days a week from 6:30 a.m. to midnight.

The Chondola (Chair 1) will begin operations when the ski resort opens for the season. The Town of Mountain Village will run shuttles between The Meadows / Big Billies, Town Hall / Gondola Parking Garage, Blue Mesa and Village Center. Visit Bus and Dial-A-Ride for schedules.

 

 

 

 

 

SMART Extended Service to Lawson Hill Begins November 17

Words by Special Contributor / Community, Transportation

The San Miguel Authority for Regional Transportation, SMART, is excited to announce that expanded public daily service to and from Lawson Hill is now in effect. In cooperation with the Town of Telluride, Galloping Goose bus service has been extended on weekday evenings between 6-10 p.m. Buses will run between Telluride and Lawson Hill every 30 minutes and will stop in Upper Lawson Hill. On weekends, buses will leave every 30 minutes between 7-10 a.m. and evenings from 4:30-10 p.m. The extended Lawson Hill service is free to riders. The SMART Board unanimously approved extended service at the November 9, 2017 SMART Board Meeting.

Additional routes and times are available here.

The San Miguel Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) Hires Executive Director

Words by Special Contributor / Community, Transportation

The San Miguel Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) is pleased to announce the hiring of David Averill as its Executive Director. The SMART Board of Directors approved offering the job to Averill at its October 12, 2017 Board meeting. Averill brings a long history of involvement in transit in Colorado, with over 17 years in transportation issues. He is currently employed by the City of Fort Collins as the Capital Planning and Grants Compliance Manager. Prior to that, he served in a number of capacities for the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), including providing program management for transit planning and funding programs, which should be especially helpful for SMART’s future needs.

SMART Board Chairperson Laila Benitez indicated, “David has a proven track record in both public transportation and community transit planning. We were all impressed with his collaborative approach to achieving goals, as well as his strong reputation in the transit community as a team player. We are thrilled that David will be joining the SMART Team.”

Board member Todd Brown said Averill was chosen “because he has an outstanding set of skills that match SMART’s needs. He’s experienced in transportation planning, with relevant Colorado experience, and is well-known to and liked and respected by our regional transportation staff at both towns and the County. He’s “the whole package” and an avid bicyclist, so he’s attuned to non-vehicle transportation elements as well.”

SMART interviewed a number of candidates for the position before deciding to offer Averill the job. According to Board member, Joan May, “It took some time to find the right fit for the Telluride region, but David is it. He’s got all the skills and traits we want in the first ever SMART Executive Director, plus he’s excited to embrace the lifestyle here.” She said. “I trust that the community will welcome him warmly.”

Averill said he is excited about the move to Telluride and extremely excited about the new position with SMART. He says, “I’m really looking forward to getting to know the region better and seeing what we can achieve.” Averill will begin working with SMART on November 27th, 2017.

For more information, please call SMART Interim Director Amy Levek at  (970) 708-1231

Oak Street Gondola Station Resumes Normal Operating Hours

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Words by Bill Kight / Transportation

Telluride Ski & Golf’s (TSG) Coonskin Lift (Chair 7) work affecting the Gondola operations has concluded. Gondola operations will resume regular working hours effective immediately with no Tuesday, October 10 closure. The Telluride—Mountain Village Gondola line between the Town of Telluride and San Sophia Station will open at 6:30 a.m. to midnight until the gondola closes for the season at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, October 15.

For questions regarding the Coonskin Lift (Chair 7) project, please contact Telluride Ski & Golf Resort Mountain Operations Erin Kress at  (970) 728-7550 or by email. For information on Mountain Village, contact Marketing and Business Development Director Bill Kight at (970) 369-6430 or by email.

Oak Street Gondola Station Closures Continue October 9-10

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Words by Bill Kight / Transportation

Telluride Ski & Golf Resort (TSG) will continue work on the Coonskin Lift (Chair 7) to replace the haul rope line. Due to the project the Telluride—Mountain Village Gondola line between the Town of Telluride and San Sophia Station will close operations on Monday, October 9 from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Gondola operations will resume from 5 pm to midnight on Monday as scheduled to allow commuters and guests travel access between Telluride and Mountain Village.

During the closure, the Mountain Village Transportation Department and the Town of Telluride will provide bus service to run starting at 6:15 a.m. Passenger pick-up and drop-off locations will take place at the Oak Street Gondola Station and Mountain Village Town Hall with buses running approximately every 20 minutes. The gondola line referred to as the parking section, running between Mountain Village Town Hall and the Gondola Plaza, and the Gondola Plaza to San Sophia Station will operate as usual from 6:30 a.m. to 12 a.m.

For questions regarding the Coonskin Lift (Chair 7) project, please contact Telluride Ski & Golf Resort Mountain Operations Erin Kress at  (970) 728-7550 or by email. For information on Mountain Village, contact Marketing and Business Development Director Bill Kight at (970) 369-6430 or by email.

Major Gondola Upgrades by Winter

Words by Special Contributor / Community, Transportation

Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association (TMVOA) and the Town of Mountain Village (TMV) are working together on two major upgrades to the gondola system. Construction of a gondola backup power system began on May 9, 2017 after Telluride Ski and Golf (TSG) granted the TMV an easement. The project involves two duel-fuel generators and a protective enclosure located at the St. Sophia station. This will allow the gondola to continue to load riders and run at full speed in the event of a power outage. “The addition of a redundant power source, as well as increasing system capacity, has been on the wish list for quite some time. Being able to continue public operation during a power outage with virtually zero downtime is a huge step-up in our level of service. With these types of large scale capital investments, TMVOA continues to demonstrate its commitment to provide safe and reliable public transportation while enhancing our everyday user and guest experience” said TMV Transit Director Jim Loebe.

Nine new cabins are being added to mainline, allowing for 150 more people per hour to be moved between TMV and the Town of Telluride (TOT). The added cabins will maximize the capacity of the mainline to 1,070 people per hour, resulting in a 16.3% increase. This will help reduce waiting times during peak periods, such as festivals, sunset concerts, and the fourth of July. The cabins and the backup power are scheduled to be in place and fully operational by the opening of the 2017/2018 winter ski season.

TMVOA formed the Gondola Subcommittee on February 19, 2017, with representatives from TMV Council, TOT Council, San Miguel County (SMC) Commissioners and staff, TSG staff, and TMVOA staff. The Subcommittee meets quarterly to discuss long-term planning, major projects, issues, and successes of the gondola system, then makes recommendations to the TMVOA Board of Directors.

“The Subcommittee’s feedback on backup power, additional gondola cabins, and late-night hours were vital to the decision-making process for both TMVOA and TMV” said Gondola Subcommittee Chairman Garrett Brafford. The TOT and TMVOA are equally contributing fifty percent of the cost for the added late-night hours, which ran on Fridays and Saturdays from 12:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. from Bluegrass through Blues &Brews weekends. “The Subcommittee is bringing the gondola stakeholders together to have input on current operations and focus on long-term planning for this amazing, one-of-a-kind transportation system” said TMVOA Executive Director Anton Benitez.

As a reminder, the TMV is required to own and operate the gondola system and TMVOA is required to fund the gondola operations, maintenance, and capital improvements through December 31, 2027.

For questions, please contact Gondola Subcommittee Chairman Garrett Brafford at  (970) 728-1904 ext. 2.

Oak Street Plaza Gondola Station Closures Complete

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Words by Bill Kight / Transportation

Telluride Ski & Golf Resort’s (TSG) Oak Street Pump House construction affecting Gondola operations has been completed. There will be no additional Gondola closures for the Telluride—Mountain Village Gondola line between the Town of Telluride and San Sophia Station. The Gondola will resume regular operating hours from 6:30 a.m. to midnight through Thursday and 6:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

“The Town of Mountain Village appreciated your patience during this construction period,” stated Marketing and Business Development Director Bill Kight. “This was not an easy project, and we commend TSG for their hard work.”

For more information on Mountain Village’s transportation services, visit townofmountainvillage.com/getting-around. For questions regarding the Oak Street Pump House, please contact Telluride Ski & Golf Resort Mountain Operations Erin Kress at (970) 728-7522 or by email.

Oak Street Plaza Gondola Station Closure

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Words by Bill Kight / Transportation

The main Gondola line, connecting the Towns of Telluride and Mountain Village, will partially close operations on Monday, September 11 and Tuesday, September 12 for continued construction efforts for Telluride Ski & Golf Resort’s (TSG) new snowmaking pump station.

Gondola closures will begin on Monday, September 11 with two, approximately one-hour closures from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Tuesday, September 12, there will be two, one-hour closures occurring between 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. (if needed).

During the closures, to help move people between the two towns, the Mountain Village Transportation Department and the Town of Telluride will provide bus service to supplement Gondola service to run until the mainline reopens on both Monday and Tuesday. Passenger pick-up and drop-off locations include the San Miguel County Courthouse and Mountain Village Town Hall; buses will run approximately every 15 minutes. The Gondola line referred to as the parking section, running between Mountain Village Town Hall and the Gondola Plaza, and the Gondola Plaza to San Sophia will operate as usual, 6:30 a.m. to 12 a.m. Again, the mainline will reopen to the public once construction is complete.

For more information on Mountain Village’s transportation services, visit townofmountainvillage.com/getting-around. For questions regarding the Oak Street Pump House, please contact Telluride Ski & Golf Resort Mountain Operations Erin Kress at (970) 728-7522 or by email.

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