Skier killed in Colorado avalanche has ties to the Copper Country

HANCOCK – Chris Salani remembered his cousin Tony Seibert as fun-loving and almost always smiling the times he came from his Colorado home to visit relatives in Bootjack.

According to information from the Eagle County, Colo., coroner on the county website, Seibert, 24, died Tuesday after being caught in an avalanche on Vail Mountain in Colorado. He was skiing with three other people who were injured but survived the avalanche. As of Wednesday morning, an autopsy to determine an exact cause of death had not yet been conducted.

Tony Seibert was the grandson of Vail Mountain ski resort cofounder Peter Seibert Sr.

Salani said his cousin, Teri Salani Seibert, is Tony’s mother and a former Hancock resident. She and Tony’s father, Peter Seibert Jr., live in Colorado.

Although he did spend time with Seibert during summers at a family house in Bootjack, Salani said his brother lived in the same area in Colorado as Seibert and saw him regularly.

“My older brother, Jason, knew him well,” he said.

The last time he saw Seibert was the summer of 2012, Salani said.

An article about Seibert in the online edition of the Vail Daily newspaper states Seibert was an avid skier and former member of the Battle Mountain High School soccer team.

Salani said Seibert, who was a competitive skier, didn’t come out to Michigan this past summer because he was training for competition.

He’s uncertain if any of his local relatives will be going to Seibert’s funeral, Salani said.

Salani said Seibert will be very much missed by his family.

“He was a great kid,” he said. “It’s a terrible tragedy. “We all loved him for the short time he was here.”