VAIL, Colo. (CBS4) – The Colorado Avalanche Information Center has released video of an avalanche that killed the grandson of one of the founders of Vail Ski Resort as part of its investigation into the deadly slide.
The report did not determine who actually triggered the snow slide, but it does detail where all four skiers were at the time, and they say all of them knew about the dangers.
Anthony Seibert was killed in the avalanche. The 24-year-old was the grandson of Pete Seibert, who is credited with discovering the terrain that would later become Vail Mountain.
Investigators say the slab that came apart is about seven feet tall. It ran more than 1,400 feet vertically. The slide was strong enough to snap trees with trunks measuring 12 inches in diameter.
The CAIC investigates slides in hopes of preventing deadly avalanches.
The East Vail Chutes are popular and easily accessed avalanche paths close to the Vail Ski Area.
Three skiers survived the slide.