No argument Chapman is an unapologetic douche. But what are you all saying? People have to allow skiers access to their property? Telluride is the one who closed the gates. The skiers are the ones who didn't respect private property boundaries. It's private property not public. The problem is our ridiculous antiquated mining rights laws that allows people to buy these lands under the ruse that they are somehow miners.
I'll summarize. "I'm just like all of you a good capitalist trying to maximize profits. so how can that be wrong?"Q:A with the man himself
Thomas Chapman — Bear Creek Telluride — His Story - The Backcountry Skiing Blog
So, the public record, including original plats, as well as modern GIS plotting of mining claims which have been inactive for many decades is wrong because Chapman says so?!? You'd think the owners might have addressed this sometime in the last 40 years, no?"I've got some friends who are liberal environmentalists"
Anyways, it actually sounds like he has a claim to shutting down access. There is no way to get through the drainage without cross either his private property another parcel of private land which also does not want skiers crossing. So he says.
Your forgetting the golden rule.I certainly remain very skeptical of anyone who is shutting down a major reason for me to visit Telluride. I hope this will go to court, Chapman will have his chance to put it all on the table, and so will the community/ski area and hopefully the judge will be able to see things clearly and make a just decision. I'm certainly hoping that means things get reopened, and this dude loses his land. But I don't have all the facts. It is interesting he has his own conspiracy theory which seems viable considering he isn't wanted there....