Mountain Village is Telluride's European-styled sister city, and is located just a short ride up the free gondola or a 15 minute drive by highway. Mountain Village was founded in 1987 and incorporated in 1995. The town is expanding rapidly due to the fact that the location of the Telluride Ski Resort is there. About 1,000 people live in Mountain Village year-round. It is a popular place for the wealthy to own second homes that are used only a few weeks a year or on vacation. Many people consider Mountain Village to be part of Telluride, but it is actually an independent town and has it's own post office, fire station and police force. The photo above was taken this summer, but since this town is more commonly visited in the winter, I have also included three pictures from last winter, the first two taken from the same location.
This photo is of the area at the base of lift 4 called "The Beach." The area where the snowed is melted is heated to be safe for walking on, and is the "sand" for "The Beach." The crane that is in the first two photos is being used to construct a new luxury hotel. There is a lot of construction going on in all of Mountain Village, especially in the summer.
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