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corey's story


about the foundation

Vision Statement:

Creating safe and secure outdoor experiences for those who share Corey’s passion for adventure.

Mission Statement:

To enhance outdoor safety and protection for outdoor enthusiasts by providing equipment, placing and training avalanche rescue dogs, and sponsoring educational programs for schools, local governments, and non-profit organizations.



Corey tragically lost his life in an avalanche in Taos, NM in January 2019. Corey was an avid skier and loved anything outdoors.

Because of Corey’s love of the outdoors, we, his family, started a foundation in his memory, which is dedicated to providing outdoor safety gear/training for schools, nonprofits, and ski resorts. We will also be placing avalanche rescue dogs at ski resorts throughout North America.

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Corey was born on September 15, 1996, in Pueblo, CO. At the age of 5, he moved to MN with his mom, older brother Seth, and younger sister Karlee. He grew up in Brainerd, MN, where he graduated from Brainerd High School in 2015.

Corey took a year off after high school to work and spend time with friends. The following year he moved to Vail, CO to live with his dad and attend Colorado Mountain College. He worked at the Patagonia store in Vail Village and Zip Adventures in Wolcott, CO. Corey loved snowboarding, which led to his passion for skiing

Corey took multiple ski trips over the next few years, but Taos was a place he couldn’t wait to go to. Unfortunately, that would be Corey’s final ski trip. Corey was skiing on Kachina Peak when an avalanche broke. He was flown to University of New Mexico Hospital, where four days later, he would pass away as a result of the accident.

become an organ donor

Corey was honored by hundreds of medical staffers lining the halls at the University of New Mexico Hospital as he was wheeled into his final operation to become an organ donor.

The silent and tearful gesture was the first time the hospital conducted the “Organ Donor Walk of Honor,” which will become a new tradition for its staff.

Borg-Massanari’s family wishes to encourage others to register as organ donors in honor of Corey at

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