Updated Nov. 28 at 10 a.m.
A 28-year-old snowboarder from Rio Rancho died early Saturday afternoon (Nov. 27) at Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort, Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe has confirmed.
Hogrefe identified the snowboarder Sunday morning (Nov. 28) as Jario Hernandez after his family was notified of his death.
General Manager JP Bradley said ski patrollers at the small resort, which is located 45 minutes south of Taos, found Hernandez unresponsive along a tree line on Thumper around 1 p.m. Bradley said the run is classified as "intermediate."
"Patrol performed and did a great job, but the injury he sustained...they were not able to continue to render him care to keep him alive," Bradley said, speaking via phone Saturday evening. "Our condolences go out to the family. This is a small community and we all feel this hit."
Bradley said the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator responded to the resort and transported the 28 year old for an autopsy. He said Sipapu is also conducting its own investigation and spoke with witnesses who were on the run when the man was injured. Bradley said Hernandez appeared to have struck a tree while going down the mountain, but complete details are pending the investigation. He said Hernandez was wearing a helmet.
He said the man's death is the first to take place on the mountain in the 20 years he has worked at the resort.
Sipapu opened for the season on Friday (Nov. 19).
This is a developing story.