2 people pulled from avalanche in Taos
January 17, 2019 10:17 PM
TAOS, N.M.- Two men were pulled from an avalanche in the Kachina Peak area at Taos Ski Valley.
Both men were unresponsive and not breathing when they were found, according to Taos County Emergency Services Chief Chris Medina. However, paramedics were able to establish a pulse and stabilize them.
The men are listed in critical condition. One of them was taken to Holy Cross Hospital in Taos by ambulance, while the other man was flown to UNM Hospital in Albuquerque.
Taos Ski Valley reports that the avalanche occurred on the K3 chute off of Kachina Peak, the highest point at the resort.
"It's a very unfortunate day. An avalanche is part of the business, we have steep terrain," said Taos Ski Valley CEO David Norden.
"There was a lot of control work this morning to ensure it was a safe condition. We determined that it was safe and unfortunately we had the release," Norden said.
The commotion at the resort concerned other skiers.
"I truly didn't know if some were my friends.," said Arturo Tenorio. "It was kind of weird but it was pretty emotional, that's for sure."
After an "exhaustive search," the Taos Ski Patrol cleared. According to a post on Facebook from Taos Ski Valley, no additional people were stuck in the avalanche.
"It seemed like there were close to 100 people out there and everybody coordinated and everybody doing everything they could to save those people," Tenorio said.
Avalanche mitigation work had been completed in the area throughout the season.
Updated: January 17, 2019 10:17 PM
Created: January 17, 2019 01:19 PM
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