Photos: Tony Seibert, Vail Mountain founder's grandson, dies in avalanche near ski area

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Photos, videos below.
Yesterday, an avalanche near Vail ski area swept over four people. Three of them survived, but the fourth -- Tony Seibert, grandson of Vail founder Pete Seibert -- did not.

His loss has the mountain community in shock.

Look below to see photos and videos of Seibert, an extreme skier of considerable renown, plus images and details from the Colorado Avalanche Information Center about the act of nature that took his life.

Seibert's Facebook page includes pics like this one....

...and this one....

tony.seibert.4.jpg well as a bit of personal history. He's listed as growing up in Vail, attending Battle Mountain High School (where he played soccer) and CU-Boulder, and working at Yellowbelly, a Vail restaurant. His employment prior to that is described as "ski bumming."

That's a very modest description of Seibert's skills on the boards, as witnessed by this video -- one of two he uploaded to YouTube (the other one is below).

In a fine remembrance of Seibert in the Vail Daily, Dave Cope, his soccer coach at Battle Mountain High, describes him as "this big, outsized personality. He was one of those kids who could take over a locker room, or a bus ride or a huddle. Coaches sometimes just stepped back because kids were going to follow him."

A photo provided to the Vail Daily of Pete Seibert with two of his grandkids.
No surprise that Seibert and three friends chose yesterday to take advantage of glorious conditions in the Vail area. But the area where they went, East Vail Chutes, which is outside the boundaries of the ski area, is described in a Vail Resort development plan quoted by 7News as "an extremely steep, avalanche prone bowl that drains down to Interstate 70 or to East Vail."

Indeed, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center's preliminary report on the slide notes that another fatality had taken place "in this avalanche path" as recently as January 4.

CAIC images show the aftermath of the destruction.

Continue to see photos of the avalanche area, plus additional videos.

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Kate Altorfer
Kate Altorfer

I've actually never skied out of bounds, so you can rest easy. :) I'm pretty tame out there!

Sara J Miller
Sara J Miller

Kate Altorfer, that scares me. So glad he's safe.

Barbara Kelley
Barbara Kelley

Kate, do we have to worry about you? Please be careful!

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Hmmmmm ... wonder if they were smoking pot?

Patrice Altorfer
Patrice Altorfer

It is always sobering to hear this tragic news. I bet that you, Kate have skied in this same area. So glad you were not there on that particular day. I think about the time we have hiked Agnes Falls....the entire family except the daugther were caught in that rock slide.

Kate Altorfer
Kate Altorfer

Yes, Sara J is. In fact, He had just done part of this same run about 30 minutes prior...but they took a different approach and a different line through the trees. Too scary and too close to home. If A's group had dwadled at the bottom of the run, they may have been swept up in this one...

Lauren Connable Burdick
Lauren Connable Burdick

stop calling him "the founder" there were 10 of them one being my grandfather Larry Burdick

Sara J Miller
Sara J Miller

Kate Altorfer, is this the East Vail loop that Aaron skis?

Nikki Zwijacz
Nikki Zwijacz

RIP~ Tony Seibert,condolences goes out to his family and friends!:-(

Nate Barrett
Nate Barrett

Tragic. Such a sad thing to happen to such nice family. My condolences and may he rest in peace.

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