Multiple skiers buried in an inbounds avalanche at Taos ski resort

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Kachina Peak

An inbounds avalanche on Chute Three at Kachina Peak in Taos Ski Valley resort has buried multiple people. The Kachina Peak chair opened for the first time this season this week, giving access to expert terrain. Taos ski patrol had bombed the area to reduce avalanche risk.

At this stage the resort has reported two male skiers extracted alive from the avalanche and names and medical status are yet to be released. 

The Taos News report that Taos County Emergency Services Chief Chris Medina revealed one of the men is in a critical condition and was being flown by helicopter to University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque.

A search continues for anyone else who may still be buried under the snow that, Taos News photographer Morgan Timms has revealed is over 30 feet deep

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Kachina Peak

Taos Ski Valley has reported the avalanche on their Facebook page. 

They updated again this morning Australian time. will continue to update as the story develops.

UPDATE: both skiers buried in the avalanche have since died in hospital as reported by ABC. 

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Rachael Oakes-Ash is the name behind @misssnowitall and the founder of A long time travel and lifestyle journalist and ski writer, she's been published in ESPN, TIME, Wallpaper*, Action Asia, Inside Sport, Australian Financial Review, Emirates Open Skies, Conde Nast Traveler and more. She was the Fairfax snow blogger from 2007 to 2017 and the Southern Hemisphere editor for OnTheSnow. Rachael is also a documentary producer, author, radio announcer and humorist.


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