Avalanche at Taos Ski Valley Resort in New Mexico Kills Man and Injures More

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 18, 2019 12:40 pm

People search for victims after an avalanche near the highest peak of Taos Ski Valley, one of the biggest resorts in New Mexico, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. %u2013Morgan Timms / Taos News via AP

People search for victims after an avalanche near the highest peak of Taos Ski Valley, one of the biggest resorts in New Mexico, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. %u2013Morgan Timms / Taos News via AP

An avalanche at Taos Ski Valley Resort in New Mexico buried victims, killing one and leaving another in critical condition.

Two people were pulled from the snow at Taos Ski Valley, at 11:30 am on Thursday 01/17.

Search and rescue worked diligently for 20 mminutes to free the victims.

The avalanche near the highest peak of Taos Ski Valley. Initially, panic-struck witnesses sought help reassuring authorities that not many people had been on that side of the mountain.

“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. Taos Ski Valley is located 124 miles (151 kilometers) northeast of Albuquerque.Its terrain covers a 1,200-acre (5-square-kilometer) area of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range. Kachina Peak is a nearly 12,500-foot (3,810-meter) summit and has one the highest chairlifts in North America.” – Boston.com

A handful of deadly avalanches have occurred in Taos Ski Valley over the past 50 years. The most recent death was in 1996, during a backcountry accident.

Our thoughts are with the victims during this devastating time.

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