Avalanche At Taos, New Mexico That Killed Two In January Was Triggered By Skier

Kachina Peak, Taos Ski Valley - Credit: Roy Luck [CC BY 2.0]
The U.S. Forest Service has declared that an avalanche at Taos Ski Valley in January 2019 that killed two skiers was caused by one of the victims.

According to a report from The Associated Press early this week, the U.S. Forest Service said that Taos Ski Valley followed safety procedures under a federal land use permit at the time of the avalanche.

The U.S. Forest Service reached their conclusion after an investigation that included a review of the records of avalanche prevention and control measures. Personnel at Taos Ski Valley that responded to the avalanche in question were also interviewed and found to have complied with all operating and safety procedures.

The avalanche happened on January 17 and claimed the lives of two skiers. Both victims, Matthew Zonghetti, 26, and Corey Borg-Massanari, 22, were buried in the slide that came down from Kachina Peak. The two skiers were buried in up to 7 feet of snow and both died from injuries sustained in the avalanche.


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