History of Vail
Two people with a vision planned what has become Vail. They were Pete Seibert, a veteran of the 10th Mountain Division that prepared for alpine warfare in the surrounding Gore and Sawatch ranges during World War II, and Earl Eaton, a uranium prospector who had grown up in and surveyed the area's wild ranges.
In 1957 they climbed to the summit of the mountain now known as Vail and discovered a skier's dream: the Back Bowls, 4,000 acres of open glades. The Bowls were formed unintentionally when the Ute Indians set "spite fires" to the timberland in retaliation for being driven out by ranchers and miners. After five years of seeking permits, drafting agreements and uncertainty, the partners were near financial ruin. In the end, the problems were resolved, and the fabulous Vail resort was created.