Taos real estate broker dies in skiing accident at Taos Ski Valley

February 6, 2019

TAOS — The Taos community is mourning the death of Rick Reaves, a real estate broker for Berkshire Hathaway who died last week in a skiing accident at Taos Ski Valley.

Reaves, 63, died on Ernie’s Run around 2 p.m. Thursday, according to Chris Stagg, vice president of Taos Ski Valley.

Stagg said ski patrollers responded to the crash and took Reaves down the mountain to the Mogul Medical Clinic, where medics were unable to resuscitate him.

Reaves is the third skier to die 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.

Reaves’ son, Jonathan Reaves, came to Taos last week to help his mother tend to his father’s affairs.

In an interview Monday, 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 the 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. His father ran a successful wine shop before he and his wife moved to Taos, Jonathan Reaves said.

“He was proud of that,” the son added.

In retirement, Rick Reaves sometimes worked at Berkshire Hathaway selling real estate. In their spare time, he and his wife often visited the mountains.

“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 was a close friend.

This story first appeared on the website of The Taos News, a sister publication of the Santa Fe New Mexican.