“Finally, They Bought A Real Mountain” – Vail Founder’s Son

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Peter Seibert, Sr. on the left. Earl Eaton. image: vail resorts
Peter Seibert, Sr. on the left. Earl Eaton in the middle.   The 2 founders of Vail ski resrot  image: vail resorts

Pete Seibert is the son of one of Vail’s founders with the same name.  

He just told Scott Miller of the Tahoe Daily Tribune on Tuesday:

“Finally, they bought a real mountain!” – Pete Seibert

Pete is referencing the fact that Vail Resorts just bought Whistler Blackcomb, B.C. for $1.1 billion.  Vail will include Whistler into the Epic Pass in 2017/18 and they don’t plan to raise the price of the pass.

Kinda funny….  Scott Miller reports that he said it in jest, but that he meant it.

Opening day at Vail, 1962.
Opening day at Vail, 1962.  Pete Seibert on left.

Pete went on to say that Whistler is a great mountain and that the Canadians are great people and that he thinks Whistler will be a great fit for Vail Resorts.

Pete Seibert, Sr. and Earl Eaton founded Vail ski resort back in 1962.

Vail, CO's 1974/75 trail map.
Vail, CO’s 1974/75 trail map.

Pete Seibert, Sr. was a true American Badass who served in the 10th mountain division in World War II.

“During World War II, Seibert joined the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division which trained at Camp Hale, 14 miles south of Vail between Red Cliff and Leadville. During the training Seibert and Eaton became familiar with the surrounding terrain, areas of which would become resorts in later decades. They discovered a peak that they believed to be well-located and with good snow, calling it No-name Mountain, which later became Vail.” – wikipedia

10 Mountain Division huck.
10 Mountain Division huck.

Earl Eaton was also an American Badass who grew up in a homesteader’s cabin.  He learned to ski on pine boards handmade by his father and served in World War II as an army engineer.  Earl played a critical role in designing Vail’s lift and trail layouts.

Sadly, one of Peter Seibert, Sr.’s grandon’s, Tony Seibert, died in an avalanche in the East Vail chutes in January 2014.

10 Mountain Division during WWII.
10 Mountain Division during WWII.


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