San Juan County makes offer for Aspenite’s land
San Juan County has offered to buy land belonging to Aspen resident Jim Jackson, who owns 179 acres in and around the Silverton Ski Area boundaries.
The offer: $241,000.
Jackson filed a lawsuit against Silverton Mountain in December alleging frequent trespass violations on his land. He also complained that avalanche control work conducted by the area’s operators has repeatedly left debris on his land.
Last month, the county threatened to condemn Jackson’s land unless he lifted the lawsuit since avalanche control work is a necessity to keep County Road 110, which travels through the area, open in the winter.
According to the Silverton Standard, if the county purchases the land, it would then grant a permanent easement to the ski area, which would pay to use the land but not actually own it.
Before Silverton Mountain Ski Area owner Aaron Brill arrived in the late 1990s, Jackson was in the midst of raising funds to create his own ski area. He has stated that his rights as a landowner have been violated and his legal efforts to absolve the issue have been ignored or met with hostility.
Several locals in Silverton have hailed Brill as a hero for reviving the struggling former mining town.
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