The young man is an experienced skier, but is known to regularly report back to family and friends – and he hasn’t been heard from since Saturday morning.
The last contact the 23-year-old’s family received was some photos sent “showing him good spirits and in the snow” at about 10am on Saturday.
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By Saturday night, his family hadn’t received an update, and contacted police to report him missing, Monaro Police District commander superintendent John Klepczarek said on Monday.
“A preliminary search that afternoon located his car at the Guthega car park, and we left some notes for him there to contact us,” Klepczarek said.
By Sunday afternoon, still no contact had been made from the skier, and concerns began to grow.
“Police from the Monaro Police District are currently coordinating a search of the alpine area, after reports of a 23-year-old cameraman, who has gone missing after heading off from Guthega on Saturday for a ski in the back country,” Klepczarek said.
“Initially some concern was raised from the family about him being overdue, but due to the timeframe that has now been, we have some concerns.
The man is a highly experienced backcountry skier, and police believe he is capable of a multi-day trip and building shelter, but fear that something unforeseen may have happened, due to his lack of contact.
“We believe the skier is in a remote part of the Snowy Mountains, but on the positive side he is an experienced outback skier, he has experience both here and overseas, and he has stayed overnight before,” Klepczarek said.
The man is understood to be carrying a personal locator beacon, limited day supplies and adequate equipment for backcountry conditions, “and is equipped to stay overnight”.
“He’s probably capable of making some shelter himself,” Klepczarek said.
“We have confidence in his ability in that regard, we are just hoping something hasn’t happened along the way.”
Experienced friends assist on the foot search
A coordinated search involving specialist police from the Alpine Operations Unit, State Emergency Service (SES), and National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), is now underway.
“We expect PolAir to be on site shortly, and they’ll have a better view of that isolated part of the mountain,” Klepczarek said.
“Conditions are good at the moment, but Klepczarek said that “unfortunately in the alpine areas, it could change at anytime.”
“That’s why we’ve gone quite hard this morning with the number of people out there.
Police have been pointed to popular remote locations, by the skier’s friends, who have a comprehensive understanding of the backcountry skiing and the remote alpine region.
Some of his friends are also assisting on the foot search.
“I couldn’t ask for anyone else to be up there at the moment,” Klepczarek said.
Family onsite have do not wish for the missing man’s name and image to be released, as some of his family members are not yet aware of the situation.