Vail co-founder Earl Eaton dies |

Vail co-founder Earl Eaton dies

Eagle County correspondent
special to the dailyEarl Eaton.

VAIL ” Earl Eaton, considered the finder of Vail Mountain, died Sunday.

He was 85.

Eaton, of Eagle had been battling cancer for the last year.

The Squaw Creek native introduced Vail developer Peter Seibert to the Back

Bowls in the late ’50s.

As a boy, Eaton hunted and hiked all over Eagle County, climbing peaks

around Breckridge, Leadville and the Gore Creek Valley. He found some open

bowls in the Two Elk Creek drainage, and thought they might be good for


In 1957, Eaton hiked up the then-nameless mountain with Seibert. He later

helped Seibert build the trails and lifts for Vail Mountain.

Eaton also worked at Climax ski area, Cooper Hill, Aspen, Ski Broadmoor and

Loveland Basin.

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