07/17/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Telluride Buys Bear Creek Property Near Tom Chapman's, Looking To Expand?

TELLURIDE -- In a deal that could be interpreted as paving the way to a future ski area expansion, the Telluride Ski and Golf Company has purchased a mining claim in Upper Bear Creek.

The Bear Creek drainage now contains hike-to terrain beloved by backcountry enthusiasts willing to risk awesome avalanche danger in their quest for powder. Some of its users have voiced strong opposition to any expansion of the ski area into the area, while others passionately support the idea.

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