Pete Seibert, Jr., was one of the lucky kids who got to be here from the start. When his father built the resort in the summer of ‘62, Pete played cowboys and Indians in the hayloft at the ranch house where the family stayed on weekend visits from Denver.
When the Seiberts moved into their home on Rockledge Road, they were the only ones there. With few other children around and a very busy father, six-year old Pete and his younger brothers had to make their own fun. “We built forts, picked raspberries, played in the (Gore) creek,” Pete recalls. “There was no TV and school was held in my basement before it was moved over to the clinic. In winter we got out at 1:30 every day and went skiing. The first two seasons, I broke my leg.”
Pete’s life, like his father’s, revolved around the mountain. It was his playground. He skied and raced in the winter and hiked and later built trails in the summer.
Pete graduated from high school in 1973 and went off to Middlebury College in Vermont with plans to go on to law school.
“I had this goal because I thought it was what I should do, but it was sort of nebulous, so I took a year off after college and worked for the ski patrol just to earn money,” Pete remembers with a chuckle.
“My first day on the job I was trimming bushes in Sundown Bowl (on Vail Mountain) with Charlie Malloy and he told me he was the patrolman who picked me up in 1962 when I broke my leg. That’s when it hit me that there was career potential doing what I loved to do best - skiing.”
He patrolled for three more years at Vail before embarking on his next great adventure - starting a “new Vail” at Snowbasin in Utah with his father and former Vail mayor Rod Slifer. During that time he earned an MBA from the University of Denver.
For the next five years he and his father worked to transform the tiny day ski area into a major destination resort. When Sun Valley bought Snowbasin in 1985, Pete moved to Idaho for a couple of years. He returned to Vail 30 years ago helping start Arrowhead ski area working as its first general manager.
Knowing that Arrowhead would become part of Beaver Creek and with four children at home, Pete decided to go into real estate brokerage. Marking 26 years in the business last summer.
Today Pete says he feels more a part of the community than when growing up here. Probably because of all his children’s activities. Pete volunteers with the Vail Veterans program, sits on the Board of Directors of the Vail Valley Mountain Bike Association and Access Unbound as well as being a member of the Minturn Economic Development Advisory Council.
Pete and his partner Kate Allan live in the Sandstone neighborhood in Vail, spending their time in the mountains on skis and bikes. Off season they love to travel to Kate’s hometown, Cape Town, South Africa.
When asked his thoughts about present day Vail Pete says, “I still feel a sense of adventure in this valley when I think of what’s to come. It’s exciting!”