Two pulled from avalanche at New Mexico ski resort, officials say

Two people were pulled from an avalanche near the highest peak of a New Mexico ski resort Thursday, officials said.

The avalanche at Taos Ski Valley happened around noon on a stretch of mountain known as the K3 chute, where expert skiers who ride a lift to Kachina Peak can dart down a partially rock-lined run. It was unknown what triggered the avalanche, but the ski resort said an investigation was planned.

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A precautionary search of the mountain continued through much of the afternoon to ensure no other people remained trapped, said both Chris Stagg, a spokesman for Taos Ski Valley, and Bobby Lucero, the director for emergency management in Taos County.

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The extent of the injuries of the two people who were located in the snow was not immediately known, Lucero said.

KRQE reported that one victim is at University of New Mexico Hospital in critical condition, while the other is at Holy Cross Hospital in Taos in critical condition.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.