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Second Taos Ski Valley Avalanche Victim Corey Borg-Massanari Has Died

on January 22, 2019 - 1:34pm

Corey Borg of Vail, Colo. – shown here in his Facebook profile picture. The photo is dated June 2018. Courtesy photo/Corey Borg Facebook page


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Updated Monday (Jan. 21) at 4:40 p.m. : New Mexico Donor Services confirmed the death of 22-year-old Corey Borg-Massanari in a press release. 

Corey Borg

The family of  Corey Borg-Massanari (Vail, Colo.) began announcing on social media Sunday (Jan. 20) that Borg is the second skier who was buried on Thursday (Jan. 17) in an avalanche at Taos Ski Valley and he has died.

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

As of mid-day Monday, a public information officer with UNM Hospital in Albuquerque had reported that he was still in “critical condition”.

His family has 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.”

On Facebook, Deb Bowers Borg (the decedent's grandmother) wrote: “Our grandson Corey Borg loved the mountains, no matter what season. The mountain took his life unexpected with an avalanche while skiing in New Mexico. I am so proud of this young man and the impact that he has left on so many lives. You will be missed here on earth but we will all see you later in our journey. Please keep his family in your prayers.”

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

By all accounts, Borg-Massanari’s Facebook photos show a highly active and adventurous life. His profile photo is skiing a steep slope; other pictures show him surfing, hiking, fishing, motorbiking, BMX riding and playing hockey as a youth.

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 second victim, 26-year-old Matthew Zonghetti, to Holy Cross Hospital in Taos, where he died before 5 p.m. Thursday, according to hospital CEO Bill Patten.

Rick Romancito and John Miller contributed to this story.

Editor's note: The Taos News shared this story with the Los Alamos Daily Post.