2002: When Pete passed away | VailDaily.com

2002: When Pete passed away

Vail Founder Pete Seibert died in 2002.

VAIL – Pete Seibert’s doctors told him to give up skiing.

Instead, he gave up doctors.

We all know Pete’s story: Born in Massachusetts, grew up skiing in meadows near his home, got caught up in World War II and trained with the famed 10th Mountain Division. He was wounded in the war and spent 17 months in a hospital disagreeing with physicians about the future of skiing and his place in it.

He left the hospital and landed in Aspen, only because he and Earl Eaton hadn’t yet invented Vail.

That changed in 1957, when Earl schlepped Pete to the top of what would become Vail Mountain and they looked down into Sun Up and Sun Down bowls.

Pete tracked down fellow 10th veteran Bob Parker, editor of Skiing magazine. Pete walked in, sat on a corner of Parker’s desk and proclaimed, “I’ve found the perfect resort.”

With the help of Vail pioneer Dick Hauserman and many, many others, Seibert bought 500 acres on Vail Mountain at $125 per acre.

The lifts started running in December 1962.

Lift tickets were $5.

We live in an amazing place, where many of the people who founded Vail are still with us.

Pete Seibert left a big ol’ Pete-sized hole in Vail when he died on July 16, 2002.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or rwyrick@vaildaily.com.

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