The Taos community this week is mourning the death of Rick Reaves, a real estate broker for Berkshire Hathaway in Taos who died in a skiing accident at Taos Ski Valley on Thursday (Jan. …
The Taos community this week mourns the death of Rick Reaves, a real estate broker for Berkshire Hathaway who died in a skiing accident at Taos Ski Valley Thursday (Jan. 31).
Reaves, 63, died on Ernie's Run around 2 p.m. on Thursday, according to Chris Stagg, Vice President at Taos Ski Valley.
Stagg said Taos Ski Patrollers responded to the site of the crash and transported Reaves down the mountain to Mogul Medical Clinic, where medics were unable to resuscitate the skier.
Reaves is the third skier to die in an accident at Taos Ski Valley this year. On Jan. 17, a rare inbounds avalanche near Kachina Peak, home to the mountain's most expert terrain, killed two men in their 20s.
Reave's son, Jonathan Reaves, came to Taos last week to help his mother tend to his father's affairs.
In an interview on Monday (Feb. 4), Jonathan Reaves said his father and mother were married for close to 40 years and had moved from Delaware to Taos about 10 years ago.
His father grew up in San Francisco, he said, and attended University of San Francisco in the 1970s.
He said his father met his mother in the 1980s in Delaware, where they lived for many years. He said his father ran a successful wine shop in the area before he and his wife moved to Taos.
"He was proud of that," Jonathan Reaves recalled this week.
In retirement, Rick Reaves sometimes worked at Berkshire Hathaway selling real estate. In their spare time, he and his wife often visited the mountains to recreate.
"If there was good snow, I knew I wouldn’t see him in the morning," said Joel Schantz, the owner of the real estate office in Taos where Reaves worked. Schantz said Reaves had become a familiar face around the office and a close friend.
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