VAIL — Friends and family will celebrate Tony Seibert’s life on Monday, and there’s a lot to celebrate.
The celebration is set for 6 p.m. at Eagle’s Nest, atop the ski mountain his grandfather founded. The gondola will remain open to provide access.
To gauge Tony Seibert’s passion for the mountains, look no further than his lineage.
Seibert is the grandson of Vail founder Pete Seibert Sr., and the son of Pete Jr. and Teri, who passed the family passion down to their four children. Tony Seibert died Tuesday in an avalanche while skiing the East Vail Chutes. He was 24.
He was geared up with avalanche gear, including beacons, officials said Thursday.
Tony Seibert starred in two Warren Miller films, “Flow State” in 2012 and “Climb to Glory,” a 2013 documentary and tribute to the famed 10th Mountain Division and the Seibert family’s legacy, as well as Tony Seibert’s tragically short life.
“Climb to Glory” is scheduled for a Jan. 30 screening in Beaver Creek’s Vilar Center. The doors open at 7 p.m.
In “Climb to Glory,” Tony Seibert speaks glowingly about his family legacy and being Pete’s grandson.
“We share the same passion my grandfather and his uncle shared 70 years ago,” Tony Seibert says in the film. “You can tell it lives on through us. It’s a different generation, but we share the same passion for the mountains and skiing.”
“I’m really proud to be a descendant. Everything they have done has affected my life so much. That’s the reason I am who I am today.”
According to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, since 1950, avalanches have killed more people in Colorado than any other natural hazard. In the past two weeks, five people have died in avalanches in Colorado, Wyoming and Montana.
The Colorado Avalanche Information Center said the avalanche that killed Seibert and injured three other skiers was “unpredictable,” and that it was big enough to damage a house and knock a car off a road.
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.