UPDATE missing skier found at Red Mountain

Skier located by helicopter near Esling Creek area

A search and rescue effort came to a happy conclusion Friday when an RCMP Air Services helicopter spotted a missing skier near Red Mountain Resort.

A 67-year-old area man, who was skiing at Red Mountain, was reported missing Thursday night around 5:30 p.m.

Rossland and District Search and Rescue, assisted by members of Columbia Valley Search and Rescue, initiated a ground search but suspended it overnight and resumed at 6 a.m. on Friday.

The skier was located at approximately 1 p.m. walking on the Sheep Creek Road area south west of the resort.

According to the RCMP press release, the experienced skier had become disoriented in heavy fog just before noon on Thursday. In trying to return to the lodge area, he accidentally left the inbounds area and continued away from the resort.

He was located in the Esling Creek area, the same region 10 skiers were found in late December after getting lost on the newly-opened Grey Mountain.

On Friday, the found skier was transported out of the area via helicopter and seen by Emergency Health Services. He was transported to the hospital as a precaution. The police report said he is believed to be in good health.