Vail Avalanche Kills Resort Founder's Grandson; 3 Others Injured

Wednesday, 08 Jan 2014 05:32 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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The grandson of a Vail resort co-founder was killed in an avalanche Tuesday and three other people were injured in an area near the resort known for dangerous slides.

Tony Seibert, 24, died after a large avalanche occurred between Vail Pass and Vail Mountain, the Denver Post reported. Seibert was the grandson of Vail co-founder Peter Seibert Sr.

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The three people with Seibert received minor injuries, the Post said.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center had said many areas in the state’s mountains had “considerable risk” for avalanches, which meant there were “dangerous avalanche conditions," the Post reported.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Tony’s entire family,” Chris Jarnot, Vail Mountain’s chief operating officer, told the Denver Post. “I want to acknowledge how integral the Seibert family is to the fabric of our community. ... This is an incomprehensible loss and we will support the Seibert family and our community through this difficult time."

Seibert was a free-style skier and also raced. He recently had been in Warren Miller Entertainment productions’ “Climb to Glory.” The production highlighted the 10th Mountain Division, which Peter Seibert Sr. was a part of.

Friends of the Seibert family went online to express their sadness over Tony Seibert’s death.

A friend made one of several tribute videos of Seibert skiing, writing, “I loved every moment I spent around Tony and so did his friends and family. He was always so uplifting and caring for others.”

Many of the comments on the video said “SIP,” for Ski in Peace.

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