Grandson of Vail Ski Resort founder killed in avalanche

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East Vail Chutes avalanche. Photo credit: Eagle County Sheriff's Office

East Vail Chutes avalanche. Photo credit: Eagle County Sheriff's Office

EAGLE COUNTY, Colo. — The 24-year-old grandson of a founder of the Vail Ski Resort was killed in an Avalanche east of the ski area Tuesday.

Three others were trapped in the back country avalanche outside of the ski resort’s bondary. They were rescued and safe Tuesday night. They’re injuries were minor.

Eagle County Coroner Kara Bettis says Anthony (Tony) Seibert, 24, of Boulder and Vail died in the avalanche.

“Seibert is the grandson of Pete Seibert, Sr., who is widely credited along with Earl Eaton as the man who discovered the terrain that would become Vail Mountain,” a press release says.

The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office says the avalanche happened around 11:30 a.m. in the East Vail Chutes area just east of Vail Mountain. This is outside of the Vail ski area’s boundary.

A spokesperson from Vail Mountain Rescue says the easiest access to the avalanche area is from the ski area and that’s where rescuers deployed from.

An Eagle County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson told FOX31 Denver’s Mark Meredith that three victims hurt in the avalanche were still on the mountain as of 3:00 p.m. They were eventually brought off the mountain. They did not require trips to the hospital.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center says the avalanche danger in the Vail and Summit County area of Colorado is considerable right now.

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