Corey Borg-Massanari

The family of Corey Borg-Massanari, one of two men killed in an inbounds avalanche at Taos Ski Valley in January 2019, has set up a foundation in his honor. The foundation will create funding for avalanche dogs.

The Borg and Massanari families today announced the launch of the eponymous Corey Borg-Massanari Foundation. Borg-Massanari perished in an avalanche in 2019 in Taos, New Mexico. Now, the foundation created in his name and memory will raise funds for outdoor safety, with a focus on avalanche dogs.

“Corey died doing something he loved fiercely - skiing,” said Corey’s mother and the advisor of the Corey-Borg Massanari Foundation, Bobbie Gorron. “In his memory, we will raise funds to purchase equipment and training for outdoor safety and place avalanche dogs at ski resorts around the country. These incredible animals, along with the ski patrol, work hard to keep skiers and riders safe. We credit the Taos ‘avi’ dog Izzy with finding Corey after the avalanche.”

To begin, the foundation aims to fund one avalanche dog for Taos Ski Valley in 2021, and one for Vail in 2022. The resorts were two of Borg-Massanari’s favorite places to ski and both have honored him with permanent features. Taos named a run after him: “She Gone,” which is located in the Kachina Bowl. Zip Adventures in Vail, where Borg-Massanari  worked, renamed his favorite zipline course: “How Was That,” in his honor. Borg-Massanari  also worked at the Patagonia store in Vail Village; manager Joe Smith built an Adirondack chair etched with the young man’s name and presented it at his memorial. Now the chair is installed at the Patagonia store and all who knew and loved Borg-Massanari  are invited to swing by and sign it with a permanent marker.

An anonymous donor has committed $20,000 to assist in kicking off the Corey-Borg Massanari Foundation, and another $30,000 in matching donations.

Leland Thompson, Taos Ski Valley ski patroller and owner of the avalanche dog who found Borg-Massanari, will be assisting the family with the avalanche dog application process.

“I’m honored to work with the Corey Borg-Massanari Foundation and keep the celebration of Corey’s life and spirit alive,” said Thompson. “We are humbled by the warm, cherished relationship that we have built with Corey’s brave family, albeit borne out of tragedy.”

The Corey Borg-Massanari Foundation is a partner fund of the Initiative Foundation.

To donate to the foundation, click here or mail a check with a memo of “Corey Borg-Massanari“ to: Initiative Foundation, 405 1st St. SE, Little Falls, MN 56345.

– Report courtesy Erin Dolin of Feed Media

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