But when Mayer shared a ride with resort owner Louis Bacon the day after the first fatal inbounds avalanche in Taos Ski Valley’s 64-year history, the mood was grim.
For years, Kachina Peak was accessible only on foot. Opening it to a wider audience with a new lift — which began operating in 2015 — was one of Bacon’s most widely advertised additions.
The lift also has been controversial. Longtime members of the mountain community were concerned that unskilled skiers and boarders might ride the lift and find themselves in terrain that posed dangers.
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