New film features man killed in avalanche

8:48 PM, Jan 8, 2014   |    comments
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VAIL - Tony Seibert, the young man killed in Tuesday's Avalanche near Vail, was born to ski.

His grandfather, Pete Seibert Sr., is one of the founders of Vail.

Seibert was recently part of a documentary honoring his grandfather and fellow members of the 10th Mountain Division called "Climb to Glory."

Seibert's family has given permission to show that film, despite Seibert's death. A viewing of the movie has been rescheduled for January 30 at the Vilar Center in Beaver Creek.

"Tony was a light," his friend and the film's creative director Chris Anthony said. "He always had a smile on his face, sort of made people happy around him. He had a sort of innocence about him that was full of energy and very enthusiastic."

Anthony said from the time he had the idea, the 45-minute film took five years to make.

"We wanted to connect the past with the present and the youth," he said. "We literally put on the equipment that the men wore from 70 years ago and tried to place ourselves in their shoes and be there as [the 10th Mountain Division] were."

Anthony said Seibert died doing what he loved, in the place he knew very well.

"Tony was very aware of the back country and the risks that are involved in traveling through backcountry," Anthony said. "In my mind, nothing was done that was wrong. This is just part of life and part of experiences. It's something [that] happens."

Eagle County Sheriff's Department said the group Seibert was with was not skiing on Vail Resorts property. The group took a lift up and then left the ski area boundaries.

A memorial service is tentatively scheduled for Monday at Eagles Nest, which is at the top of Vail Mountain. Funeral arrangements for Seibert are pending.

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