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Avalanche Outside Vail Kills Resort Co-Founder’s Grandson

East Vail slide Anthony “Tony” Seibert, grandson of Vail Resort co-founder Pete Seibert Sr., died Tuesday (Jan. 7) in an avalanche in the backcountry outside the Colorado ski area’s boundaries. Three others were temporarily trapped and were rescued without injury. Two were on skis and two were on snowboards.

The slide occurred in a region known as the East Vail Chutes, described in Vail’s development plan as “an extremely steep, avalanche prone bowl that drains down to Interstate 70 or to East Vail.”

There is no avalanche control in the area and was “likely triggered by the people caught in it,” according to the Eagle County Sheriff’s office. The area is accessible through a gate from the lift-served area of Vail Mountain. The area has been the site of eight avalanche fatalities in the last 30 years.

Another avalanche and rescue occurred Dec. 22 in the same region. Click here for a YouTube video of that incident. A tribute Vimeo to Tony Seibert by SMK Media can be found hereTony Seibert

Seibert’s late grandfather was an iconic figure in the history of American ski resort development. He has been inducted into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard and Colorado Business Halls of Fame. He was a member of the famous 10th Mountain Division during World War II. He and friend Earl Eaton climbed to the top of what was to be named Vail Mountain in 1957 and the ski area opened five years later.

"This is a shocking and terrible tragedy," Vail’s Chief Operating Officer Chris Jarnot told media. "This is an incomprehensible loss, and we will support the Seibert family and our community through this difficult time."

Tony Siebert had recently starred in "Climb to Glory," a documentary film by longtime athlete and Warren Miller film skier Chris Anthony about the U.S. Army’s  10th Mountain Division Ski Troopers. The film premiered at the Vail Valley Film Festival last spring.

Photos: Top -- Slide in East Vail Chutes kills Tony Seibert (Eagle County Sheriff's Office; Left: Tony Seibert (Vail Daily)

(This report has been compiled from a variety of media sources.) 

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