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Ski down will honor Tony

A ski down for Tony Seibert is scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday from the top of Chair 4, atop Vail Mountain.
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If You Go

What: Memorial ski down for Tony Seibert

Where: Meet at top of Chair 4, atop Vail Mountain

When: Meet before 4 p.m. Friday

Information: The ski down will mark the second anniversary of Tony Seibert’s death. The grandson of Vail founder Pete Seibert, Tony died in an avalanche while skiing the East Vail chutes.

VAIL — Tony Seibert may not have lived long, but oh how he lived!

If you knew him, or knew of him, you’re invited to a memorial ski down Friday to observe the second anniversary of his death.

You should start gathering before 4 p.m. Friday at the top of Chair 4, atop Vail Mountain. They’ll say a few words, remember a little and smile a lot. Afterward you’ll ski down Riva.

“A lot of Tony’s friends will be there. It’s also an opportunity for people to think of their own loved ones, as well,” said Pete Seibert Jr., Tony’s dad.

Tony’s mom, Teri, and the Vail Ski Patrol are putting Friday’s event together. Vail Resorts and Vail Mountain staffers helped coordinate the event.

The kids who Tony coached in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, all signed a ski and they’re bringing it with them.

A PASSION FOR THE MOUNTAINS

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 in an avalanche while skiing the East Vail Chutes. He was 24.

Tony was geared up with avalanche gear, including beacons.

Tony 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’s tragically short life.

In “Climb to Glory,” Tony 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.”

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


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