Some of the best skiers around the country travel to Taos for a chance to conquer the terrain. Matthew Zonghetti was no exception. "Skiing was one of his passions, if …
Some of the best skiers around the country travel to Taos for a chance to conquer the terrain. Matthew Zonghetti was no exception.
"Skiing was one of his passions, if not his first passion," said Matthew's father Michael Zonghetti. "Anything with adventure and challenge, he was all in."
Zonghetti, 26, died Thursday (Jan. 17) as a result of the avalanche at Taos Ski Valley that swept both him and Corey Borg-Massanari during a day of skiing.
Matthew was from Mansfield, Massachusetts, and was on an annual ski trip with his dad. The two would seek out different ski resorts each year to catch the snow. This year's trip was to Taos Ski Valley, where they planned to ski for a few days.
"It is their custom to do a few runs together and then Matthew would tackle the most difficult slopes," said Jim Hand of The Sun Chronicle in Massachusetts.
Matthew began skiing at an early age when he became a ski racer at Sunday River Resort in Newry, Maine, according to his father. Soon after, his love for skiing grew, taking him all over the country in search of the best snow.
Michael once flew to Reno, Nevada, to meet up with his son for a ski trip. But immediately after landing, Matthew insisted that the two drive eight more hours to Park City for the better snow at the time.
Zonghetti, described as an all-around athlete, graduated from Mansfield High School in 2010, where he played both lacrosse and football. In college, he played lacrosse and was active with his fraternity brothers. His dad said this was nothing out of the ordinary as he made friends and developed close relationships wherever his journeys took him.
"He was a loyal friend, just a terrific son," Michael said. "He was compassionate and caring."
The 26-year-old skier also had the travel bug and spent time in over 20 countries both during his collegiate years and after.
"He just went completely full throttle with everything," said his dad.
Following Matthew's passing, he said the outreach from various communities has been incredible and the support keeps flowing in. From local Massachusetts friends and family, to skiers from Taos and across the country, the Zonghetti family has been showered in support for the loss of their son.
"Our mourning grows as we extend our deepest sympathies to all the families, friends and community members who are enduring this great loss," Taos Ski Valley wrote in a social media post.
Shortly after being pulled out of the snow, Zonghetti was transported to Holy Cross Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. According to The Sun Chronicle, a funeral for Zonghetti will be held Saturday (Jan. 26) in Massachusetts where his fraternity brothers are planning on flying in from across the country.
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