2nd Skier Buried in Inbounds Avalanche at Taos Ski Valley, NM has Passed Away

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Corey Borg-Massanari, 22

The second skier buried in the inbounds avalanche at Taos Ski Valley, NM has passed away. The family of Corey Borg-Massanari began announcing on social media on Sunday that Borg is the second skier who was buried on Thursday (Jan. 17) in an avalanche at Taos Ski Valley and he has died, reports the Taos News.

New Mexico Donor Services confirmed the death of 22-year-old Borg-Massanari in a press release Monday afternoon.

His family has set up a GoFundMe page, with the statement:

“Thank you for helping our family. My nephew (my sister’s son) Corey Borg was in an avalanche while skiing in New Mexico. We are trying to take financial stress away for the family and allow them to just focus on Corey. We greatly appreciate anything and please continue to pray for everyone.”

Borg-Massanari was born in Pueblo, Colorado and was raised in Brainerd, Minnesota, according to the press release. He lived in Vail, Colorado.

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Rescuers form lines to probe for possible victims. Credit: Morgan Timms/The Taos News

He is the second man to die as a result of the deadly avalanche – the first to take lives within the boundaries of the ski resort. Medical teams had worked to keep him alive for roughly three days after members of Taos Ski Patrol and volunteers pulled him and another man from the snow near the mountain’s 12,481-foot summit, known as Kachina Peak.

Medics transported the first victim, 26-year-old Matthew Zonghetti, to Holy Cross Hospital in Taos, where he died before 5 pm on Thursday.

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