A 26-year-old Massachusetts man died after being pulled from snow that crashed down a mountainside during an avalanche at a New Mexico ski resort.
According to KRQE, Matthew Zonghetti died after being pulled from snow that crashed down a mountainside during an avalanche at a New Mexico ski resort. Taos Ski Valley said a second skiier was also pulled from the snow following a 20-minute rescue effort.
The second person remains in critical condition, according to a University of New Mexico Hospital spokeswoman.
The avalanche near the highest peak of Taos Ski Valley initially spurred fears among authorities that more victims might be buried on the mountain. However, witnesses said they had not seen any other people on the slope when the slide began.
The resort will conduct an investigation to determine what triggered the avalanche.
The avalanche struck a stretch of mountain known as the K3 chute, where expert skiers who ride a lift to Kachina Peak can dart down a partially rock-lined run.
In a statement, Taos Ski Valley said avalanche mitigation work had been taking place throughout the season and just hours earlier in the area where the avalanche occurred.
“Our hearts are with the individuals, their family and friends, as well as the larger community that has been affected, including other visitors and our dedicated staff,” the ski resort said.