Experts visit scene of fatal avalanche near Vail

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

VAIL, Colo. Experts on Wednesday are visiting the scene of an avalanche that killed the grandson of Vail's co-founder to learn more about how the slide developed.

Twenty-four-year-old Anthony Seibert, the grandson of Peter Seibert, was killed in Tuesday's slide in an area known as Charlie's Death Chute in the East Vail Chutes.

The slide happened in a popular backcountry area just beyond the boundaries of Vail's ski area.

The Vail Daily reports that there have been eight fatal avalanches in the chutes in the last three decades. The last one was a snowboarder who was killed in 2008.

Dan Smith of the Vail Mountain Rescue Group told the newspaper that the slide was 15 feet wide at the top and ran for hundreds of feet.

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