Two skiers have died following last week’s inbounds avalanche on Kachina Peak at Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico. Both men were trapped for 22 minutes before being recovered by rescuers.
Matthew Zonghetti, 26, of Massachusetts, and Corey Borg-Massanari, 22, of Vail, Colorado, have both been confirmed dead by their family and friends.
According to The Denver Post, Zonghetti was pronounced dead shortly after the avalanche. Borg-Massanari died Monday, January 21, at the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, where he was transported after the slide.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reported that Borg-Massanari was an advanced and avid skier who was born in Pueblo, Colorado, and currently living in Vail. Zonghetti also loved skiing and adventure. He had recently taken a new job in Denver.
“Our mourning grows as we extend our deepest sympathies to all the families, friends and community members who are enduring this great loss. We humbly offer our support and prayers for all touched by this devastating accident. We are buoyed by the overwhelming outpouring of love and care for and from our community,” stated Taos Ski Valley on January 22 on their Facebook page.
It is still unclear as to what trigged the slide, but Taos Ski Valley has stated that they “are committed to doing a diligent and exhaustive review.”