Community mourns Bindu Sky Pomeroy, “The Mayor of East Vail”

John LaConte
Vail Daily
Bindu Sky Pomeroy, 44, was pronounced dead on Nov. 27, 2018, sending shockwaves through the Vail community. Pomeroy was a well known snowboarder and teacher at Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy.
Special to the Vail Daily

MINTURN — Beloved Vail resident Bindu Pomeroy was mourned by the community Tuesday as word of the local teacher’s death spread fast among his many friends.

Pomeroy was a well-known snowboarder, nicknamed “The Mayor of East Vail,” and died doing what he loved most — hitting big cliffs in the popular out-of-bounds area which has killed several other well known locals including the grandson of Vail’s founder, Tony Seibert.

Skier John Spriggs was first to reach Pomeroy and said the snow in the area Pomeroy landed was deep, but also easy to punch through.

“Bindu had an infectious energy that kept everyone around him excited to be on the mountain and especially in the backcountry. Of all the people I know who ride East Vail he had probably the most experience in that area,” Spriggs said. “He also knew the risks. Bindu was last in our group to hit a large cliff, he landed head first and sunk into the snow. Our group estimates it was about seven minutes before we were able to reach him; we performed CPR for the next hour but were unable to revive him.”

I hope the sad circumstances surrounding his death can be a reminder to others of how quickly a situation can turn tragic in the backcountry. But I also hope his loved ones can take comfort in the fact that he died doing what he loved most, and had been incredibly happy in the moments leading up to his death.”