- Type: Neighborhood/Area
- Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
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Even if you aren't a skier, a visit to the Telluride Ski Resort should be a priority. The resort encompasses Mountain Village, a bustling town originally developed as a cozy retreat from the slopes. Nestled high in the San Juan Mountains -- roughly 9,500 feet above sea level -- Mountain Village boasts a quaint yet vibrant atmosphere with shops and restaurants lining cobblestone streets.
Another highlight of a Mountain Village trip (aside from the skiing, of course) is a ride on the scenic gondola. The gondola shuttles visitors between Telluride and Mountain Village, allowing for spectacular views of the surrounding mountains from an altitude of 10,500 feet. And here's the best part: The gondola is completely free.
You also don't have to pay to explore Mountain Village; however, you might want to keep your credit cards handy (this is a resort town, after all). Mountain Village welcomes guests every day of the year, no matter the hour. The gondola operates every day from 7 a.m. to midnight during the winter and summer months; it has limited hours in the brief spring and fall seasons. For more information, visit the Mountain Village website.