Massive search underway for 23 Canberra man, missing after off-piste skiing in Kosciuszko National Park

A wide-scale search is underway in the Snowy Mountains for a missing Canberra man who was not seen on Saturday morning after telling his family he was going backcountry skiing in Kosciuszko National Park.

The 23-year-old reportedly parked his car at Guthega Ski Resort around 10am on Saturday, where he called his family to tell them his plans for the day.

The Mountain Safety Collective Facebook page said the experienced skier was last seen near Watsons Crags.

Monaro Police Superintendent John Klepczarek said the man was in possession of a personal locator beacon and limited supplies.

“We believe the skier is in a remote part of the Snowy Mountains, but on the plus side he is an experienced backcountry skier,” he told reporters during a briefing. Monday morning press conference.

“He has the experience here and abroad so he’s well equipped and has spent the night before.”

However, authorities and his family are concerned for his well-being as he should have returned by now.

“We tried his cell phone, which hasn’t worked so far,” Superintendent Klepczarek said.

The Jindabyne Police Alpine Operations Unit, members of the SES, police helicopters and national park officers joined forces to search for the man.

But Superintendent Klepczarek admitted the search operation was limited by the elements.

“Because of the terrain up there, a few factors will influence how long our search lasts – one is the weather.

“We expect pol air to be on site shortly and they will have a better view of this remote and isolated part of the mountain.”

Comments are closed.