Vail co-founder Earl Eaton dies
Eagle County correspondent
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
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