Telluride Converting Gondola Cars Into Dining Cabins For The Winter
With ski resorts and towns brainstorming for creative ways to meet their guests’ restaurant needs within COVID-19 occupancy constraints this winter, the Town of Mountain Village near Telluride has come up with a novel one: a collection of 20 dining cabins scattered in the base plaza made from refurbished gondola cars.
The cabins, which are being refurbished by The Gondola Shop in Fruita, will have lights (in the ceiling and under chairs), heating and ventilation systems, cushioned seats with black leather coverings, wooden dining tables, easy-sliding doors and sturdy floors that can withstand wear and tear from ski boots.
“The dream is that eight people could fit. I think, comfortably, it will be more like six,” said Zoe Dohnal, business development and sustainability director for the Town of Mountain Village. “We see it being an après ski element in the future (after the pandemic).”