Photos: Tony Seibert, Vail Mountain founder's grandson, dies in avalanche near ski area
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.
Photos, videos below.
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....
...as 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."
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."
A photo provided to the Vail Daily of Pete Seibert with two of his grandkids.
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.