Vail resident killed in Taos inbounds avalanche
AVON — The family of Corey Borg-Massanari, 22, who was involved in an inbounds avalanche at Taos Ski Valley on Thursday, announced Monday afternoon that he had died at University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, N.M.
Borg-Massanari is the second fatality reported from the inbounds incident.
Borg-Massanari was born in Pueblo, raised in Minnesota and recently moved to Vail, where he attended Colorado Mountain College and worked at Patagonia in Vail Village and would often go skiing on his lunch break, his family said. During the summer months, he was a zipline tour guide for Zip Adventures at 4 Eagle Ranch.
The family has set up a GoFundMe page to help with financial burdens.
According to a press release from the resort, an “inbounds avalanche” occurred near Kachina Peak just before noon on Thursday, burying the two skiers near the 12,400-foot peak. The Taos News reports that medical teams had worked to keep Borg-Massanari alive for roughly three days after members of Taos Ski Patrol and volunteers pulled him and another man from the snow. Medics transported the second victim, 26-year-old Matthew Zonghetti, to Holy Cross Hospital in Taos, where he died Thursday evening, hospital CEO Bill Patten told the Taos News.
It is unclear what triggered the avalanche.
In addition to the GoFundMe page, Borg-Massanari signed up to be an organ donor and his family wishes to encourage others to register in honor of Corey at BeTheGiftToday.com.
Read more at VailDaily.com.
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