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One skier died and another was in critical condition on Thursday, hospital employees said, after being caught in an avalanche on some of the most challenging terrain at Taos Ski Valley in New Mexico, a resort known for its steep runs.
They were skiing down a chute off Kachina Peak, a 12,481-foot (3,804-meter) mountain about 130 miles (210 km) north of Albuquerque, when the avalanche hit at around 11:45 a.m., said Taos Ski Valley spokesman Chris Stagg.
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'There were no others caught in the avalanche, it was just the two,' Stagg added.
The ski patrol and other skiers dug the two men out of the avalanche and they were rushed to hospital, the ski resort said on Facebook.
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The first was taken to Holy Cross Hospital in Taos, where he later died of his injuries, said a hospital employee, who asked not to be identified as he was not authorized to speak to media.
Hospital spokeswoman Renee Laughlin declined to comment.
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The other skier was airlifted to University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque and was in critical condition, said hospital spokesman Mark Rudi.
'Our thoughts and prayers are with the two individuals who were affected by today´s event and their families,' Taos Ski Valley said on its social...
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