An avalanche claimed the life of the grandson of Vail Resorts' co-founder and temporarily trapped three other persons, county reports indicate.
Anthony Seibert, 24, died in backcountry outside the Colorado resort that his grandfather, Peter Seibert Senior co-founded.
The three who were injured in the accident are expected to recover from the injuries. In fact, their injuries were not bad enough to warrant medical attention. Their identities were not revealed.
Seibert’s friend, Scott Klumb posted a tribute video of his friend of 7 year hours after his death and described Seibert as a cheerful and an uplifting person. "He was always goofing around or getting other people excited and just making them happy," said Klumb.
Sheriff's spokeswoman Jessie Mosher said the avalanche occurred in the East Vail Chutes -- about 90 miles from West Denver—at around 11:0 a.m. According to the resort’s master development plan documents, East Vail Chutes is extremely steep and prone to avalanches.
Colorado Avalanche Information Center said the slide occurred near backcountry wilderness where it could not have been controlled. On a scale of 1 to 5, 1 being least dangerous and 5 being most dangerous, the slide was rated 3.
It is not know for sure what Seibert was doing at the time of the incident but he may have just gone snowboarding or skiing.
Seibert is the second Colorado victim of avalanche this season. The other incident happened on Parkview Mountain Dec 31st. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center has also said that at least 5 similar incidents have been reported nationwide.
Seibert’s grandfather was a former soldier who moved to Colorado after being injured during World War II. In 1950, he joined the U.S. ski team, going on to become a skiing legend. He also studied resort management in Switzerland and France and later teamed up with his fellow Ski enthusiast Earl Eaton to open up Vail in 1957.
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