Second victim of Taos avalanche has died, family says

New Mexico

The second victim of last week’s avalanche at Taos Ski Valley has died, according to his family. 

Monday, 22-year-old Corey Borg-Massanari of Vail, Colorado, passed away at UNM Hospital. 

In a statement, Borg’s family said he was an experienced and avid skier and loved the outdoors. Borg was born in Pueblo, Colorado and raised in Brainerd, Minnesota, according to his family.

The 22-year old most recently lived in Vail, Colorado, where his family says he attended Colorado Mountain College and worked for a zipline company in the summer.

Borg’s family also said he brought joy to many and will continue to bring joy to others through his life-saving gift of organ donation.

The avalanche also killed 26-year-old Matthew Zonghetti of Massachusettes. 

Investigators are still looking into what triggered the avalanche, but said that crews were working on avalanche mitigation efforts in the area several hours before it occured.

Statment from Corey Borg’s family:

Corey was born in Pueblo, Colorado and was raised in Brainerd, Minnesota where he graduated high school in 2015.  He moved to Vail, Colorado where he attended Colorado Mountain College.  While attending college he worked at Patagonia in Vail Village where he would often go skiing on his lunch break.  During the summer months Corey was a zip-line tour-guide at Zip Adventures at 4 Eagle Ranch.

Corey was known for his smile, his quirky sense of humor and his unique sense of style.  He loved spending time with family and friends, and especially his fuzzy dog, Abu.  Corey was an experienced and avid skier and loved the outdoors.  He enjoyed camping, fishing, zip-lining, snowmobiling, dirt biking and so much more.  He liked working on his Jeep with his dad and learned the love of cooking from his mom.   

Corey’s family would like to thank the Taos Ski Area staff, skiers and volunteers who assisted in the search for their son, and the care given by EMS and helicopter staff.  

Finally, Corey’s family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to UNM Hospital’s Trauma ICU staff and New Mexico Donor Services staff who cried and laughed beside them as they shared stories of Corey’s life.

If you would like to help, a GoFundMe account has been set up under Corey Borg.  Corey signed up to be an organ donor and his family wishes to encourage everyone to register in honor of Corey at BeTheGiftToday.com 

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