of Vail ski resort founder killed in avalanche
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[January 08, 2014]
By Keith Coffman
DENVER (Reuters) — The 24-year-old
grandson of the founder of the Vail Mountain ski resort was killed and
three others suffered minor injuries on Tuesday when a large avalanche
swept them down a mountain outside the resort, officials said
Tony Seibert, grandson of Vail founder Pete Seibert, died in the
avalanche about 11:30 a.m. local time in an area known as East Vail
Chutes that lies just outside the boundary of the resort, Eagle
County Coroner Kara Bettis said.
Bettis said the cause of his death would be determined in an
Three other people who were skiing or snowboarding in the same area
were also caught in the wave of snow and were treated for minor
injuries, the Eagle County Sheriff's Office said in a written
The Colorado Avalanche Information Center said in a Twitter post
that the avalanche was large and occurred near a tree line on a
The avalanche comes less than a year after five backcountry
snowboarders were killed in an avalanche in April 2013 at Colorado's
Loveland Pass, 48 miles west of Denver.
The avalanche danger in the Vail area on Tuesday was rated as
"considerable," due to high winds and recent heavy snows, said
Spencer Logan, forecaster with the Colorado Avalanche Information
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This avalanche death was the second such Colorado fatality this
winter season, and the fifth nationwide, Logan said.
Pete Seibert, who survived a combat injury in World War II to become
a competitive skier, opened the ski resort at Vail in 1962. He died
in 2002 at the age of 77.
(Writing by Alex Dobuzinskis and Dan Whitcomb;
editing by Cynthia
Johnston, Cynthia Osterman and Ken Wills)
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