A 67-year-old skier who went missing Thursday afternoon in the thickening fog on Red Mountain Resort was found unharmed Friday afternoon.
Using an RCMP Air Services helicopter Friday morning, Rossland and District Search and Rescue located the missing man walking in the Sheep Creek Road area southwest of the ski hill around 1 p.m.
The experienced skier had become disoriented in heavy fog on the Red Mountain Resort just before noon on Thursday, said Trail RCMP Cpl. Kelly Hall.
“In trying to return to the lodge area, he accidentally left the inbounds area and continued away from the resort,” he said.
The man had been reported missing on Thursday at approximately 5:30 p.m. when he did not return after skiing.
Search and rescue conducted a ground area search until after midnight before suspending the search overnight.
The search resumed at 6 a.m. Friday morning and the skier was located seven hours later after a very “through and extensive” search by Rossland Search and Rescue volunteers, said Hall.
The skier was transported out of the area via search and rescue helicopter and was treated by Emergency Health Services.
“He was transported to the hospital as a precaution, but he is believed to be in good health,” said Hall.