CAIC: Colorado Avalanche Information Center

2019/01/17 - New Mexico - Taos Ski Valley

Published 2019/01/22 by Spencer Logan - Forecaster, CAIC


Avalanche Details

  • Location: Taos Ski Valley
  • State: New Mexico
  • Date: 2019/01/17
  • Time: 11:45 AM (Estimated)
  • Summary Description: 2 inbounds riders caught, buried, and killed
  • Primary Activity: Inbounds Rider
  • Primary Travel Mode: Ski

Number

  • Caught: 0
  • Fully Buried: 2
  • Injured: 0
  • Killed: 2

Avalanche

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  • Size - Relative to Path: --
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Site

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Accident Summary

PRELIMINARY: An avalanche on inbounds terrain caught several riders. Two men were fully buried. They were found after about 22 minutes and transported to hospitals. One man died on the evening of January 17, the other on January 21.

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