TELLURIDE – As of Monday, the U.S. Forest Service Norwood Ranger District’s office has not yet received any formal Bear Creek ski area proposal by potential developers Tom Chapman or Ron Curry.
“We gave him information on how to apply, but he hasn’t yet provided a formal proposal,” Norwood District Ranger Judy Schutza stated in an email to The Watch.
Chapman and Curry announced last month that the two are working to require U.S. Forest Service permits to develop an “adventure skiing” resort in Telluride’s upper Bear Creek basin.
At the time of their announcement, The Watch reported that Chapman and Curry had submitted their proposal to U.S. Forest Service officials. Chapman then qualified that announcement, saying he and his team have been working with the federal agency to begin the proposal process, and a meeting has been scheduled with U.S. Forest Service officials.
It remains unclear when Chapman or Curry plan to meet with Forest Service officials.
In email correspondence on Tuesday, Chapman stated that Curry is in charge of the permit process but has been in Tel Aviv for several weeks, and will be for several more.
“It's my understanding he has meetings set up with the Norwood FS office to begin the application process as soon as he arrives back in the States,” Chapman stated. He added that he forwarded The Watch’s query regarding the matter on to Curry.
At press time, The Watch had not received a response.