The U.S. Forest Service has issued a written review of the deadly inbounds avalanche that struck on Kachina Peak at Taos ski resort in January and determined it was skier triggered.
KOB4 reports the written review of the incident was obtained by the Associated Press on Monday and showed the Forest Service found that Taos Ski Valley followed all safety procedures under its federal permit in the days and weeks leading up to the Jan. 17 avalanche within ski area boundaries.
The Forest Service examined extensive records of avalanche control measures including explosives and conducted interviews of personnel at Taos Ski Valley who were on scene at the deadly avalanche that killed two guests.
Forest Service regional Winter Sports Coordinator Adam LaDell says the agency’s review showed that ski resort personnel complied with operating procedures and the avalanche was skier triggered:
“We didn’t find anything in our review, any red flags, anything they weren’t doing that’s in their permit. I’m very confident, where I’d go up and ride it and have no questions. Unfortunately things happen, very unfortunately.” –Adam LaDell
Kachina Peak on the right | Photo: fanofbirdland