The Gold Hill Development Company, in which Chapman is a partner, filed a complaint against the Telluride Ski and Golf Co. seeking the right to utilize, maintain, repair and improve the Gold Hill Road, which crosses through the Telluride Ski Area.
According to the complaint, the Gold Hill Road begins in the Town of Telluride and switchbacks southward until it intersects with the ski area’s See Forever Run, and then continues southward up to the Gold Hill Ridge entering the Bear Creek Basin, where it ends on the Little Bessie Lode.
If the claim is deemed valid by the court, maintenance of the road, including winter plowing, could have serious ramifications for some of the ski area’s most popular intermediate runs.
The GHDC purchased three mining claims last March, including the Little Bessie Lode, and now claims to have the right to “cross, use, maintain, repair, and improve the Gold Hill Road” where it crosses Telski property.
The complaint states that both Telski and GHDC have rights to the use of Gold Hill Road but Telski’s rights are “junior and inferior” to GHDC’s rights.
Because Telski disputes GHDC’s claim that CHDC can improve or maintain Gold Hill Road the complaint asks for a judicial determination and declaration of the two parties’ rights and obligations to the Gold Hill Road.