When the world returns to the Vail Valley for the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, athletes, media, spectators and families will be welcomed by two of Vail and Beaver Creek’s newest ambassadors of fun, Pete and Earl.
Pete the Mountain Lion and Earl the Raccoon will serve as the official mascots for the 2015 World Championships, making special appearances throughout the coming year, as well as during the two weeks of the Championships.
In addition to welcoming everyone to the Championships, Pete and Earl will also pay tribute to the two hard working dreamers, Pete Seibert and Earl Eaton, whose vision of the perfect ski mountain led to the creation of Vail and Beaver Creek Resorts.
“By selecting to name the mascots Pete and Earl,” explained Ceil Folz, president of the 2015 Organizing Committee, “we chose to honor the real Pete and Earl for their ingenuity, their dedication, their perseverance and their incredible dedication to a dream. That dream is just as alive today as it was in that first season, continued every day by everyone who has chosen to live and work here and calls the Vail Valley our home. In essence, Pete and Earl represent all of us.”
As the story goes, in March of 1957, Eaton took his friend Seibert on a long hike through deep snow to the top of a quiet mountain. When they reached the top, their view was filled with an endless panorama of beautiful ski terrain and a vast landscape of open bowls, filled with powdery snow. According to the reports, Pete exclaimed, “My God Earl, we’ve climbed all the way to heaven”. And thus, an incredible partnership and the dream of Vail was born.