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Skier missing at Sugarloaf mtn

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 

Skier missing at Sugarloaf mtn

17-year-old boy was last seen near the Timberline trail on the west side of the mountain.

http://www.wcsh6.com/news/article/233613/314/17-year-old-male-skier-missing-at-Sugarloaf

post #2 of 19

I hope for the very best for this kid, but this has become an epidemic here in the east, skiers getting lost and requiring rescue.

post #3 of 19

I traveled and skied alone quite a bit in my late teens/early 20s.  Hoping he is found alive.  The thought of my kids skiing alone in unfamiliar places, especially in trees or BC when they are old enough to travel alone really concerns me knowing what i know now that I didn't know back then..

post #4 of 19
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I agree.  My kids have been lucky enough to have survival training for 1 day a week for many weeks but I still wouldn't want them out there trying to make their way out of the woods.  If I was up near there I'd head out to help them myself.
 

post #5 of 19

Besides being less fun, the danger of something like this happening is definitely why I tend to never ski alone. 

post #6 of 19

They are still looking for him as of an hour ago so it will be going into another night :(

post #7 of 19
Thread Starter 

If he's able to dig I hope he can dig himself a place to stay in to keep warm during the night.

post #8 of 19
Thread Starter 

Skier found safe!

He was able to walk himself to an ambulance.

Happy to hear that he is safe and that all the rescuers are safe too!

It sounds like poor visibility was partly to blame..

post #9 of 19

Just got the same news here...

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Quote:

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine (AP) — A 17-year-old skier has been found alive and well at Maine’s Sugarloaf ski resort two days after disappearing.

The Maine Warden Service says a snowmobiler found Nicholas Joy, of Medford, Mass., Tuesday morning on a trail off the western side of Sugarloaf Mountain. Joy is being taken to an area hospital for evaluation.

The warden service, the Sugarloaf ski patrol and others had been searching for Joy on skis, snowshoes and snowmobiles since Sunday afternoon, when he was reported missing. Authorities say Joy and his father split up and took separate trails from the top Sunday, and the father called for help when his son didn’t meet him.

Wardens say Joel Paul, a snowmobiler from Massachusetts who was not part of the search party, found the boy.end of story marker

 

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2013/03/05/missing-mass-teen-found-alive-maine-mountains/vYAyrvfawEkJBw0tk5NsKJ/story.html

So glad this search didn't end at the base of a tree or cliff..

post #10 of 19

Not going to lie, after they didn't find him yesterday afternoon I was fearing the worst so this is awesome news.  Kid is very lucky to be alive.

post #11 of 19
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Originally Posted by tellyhome View Post

Skier found safe!

He was able to walk himself to an ambulance.

Happy to hear that he is safe and that all the rescuers are safe too!

It sounds like poor visibility was partly to blame..

Whew!!!

post #12 of 19
Great news for the family. Glad this had a happy ending.
post #13 of 19

Sounds like he had some very good sense about him to build a makeshift shelter, and more importantly, to stay in it for the night rather than venture out in hopes of finding someone.

 

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/05/17194689-teen-skier-missing-for-two-days-built-snow-cave-to-keep-warm?lite

post #14 of 19

Does anybody think they should press charges for skiing out of bounds instead of making him a hero?

post #15 of 19
From what I've read and heard on the local news, he doesn't seem like someone taking unnecessary risk, but more that he genuinely got lost when conditions/visibility deteriorated. I don't think they should press charges for that, but that's just my opinion.
post #16 of 19
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Originally Posted by Falco View Post

Sounds like he had some very good sense about him to build a makeshift shelter, and more importantly, to stay in it for the night rather than venture out in hopes of finding someone.

 

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/05/17194689-teen-skier-missing-for-two-days-built-snow-cave-to-keep-warm?lite

Apparently he learned how to make the shelter by watching a TV survival show. 

TV saved a life.

It is nice to have a happy ending for a change.

post #17 of 19

So now that he is safe.  Anyone that knows this mountain, is it the kind of place you can easily get lost or was this guy an idiot/messing around where he shouldn't have been and paid the price?  We do a lot of hiker rescues out here in AZ due to people making stupid decisions and it seems to have gotten worse lately.  The news isn't shy about letting people know what these people do wrong either which I think is a good thing.

post #18 of 19

"The warden service, the Sugarloaf ski patrol, the Maine Forest Service, the U.S. Border Patrol, area rescue squads, Carrabassett Valley Academy ski volunteers and others had been searching for Joy on skis, snowshoes and snowmobiles, officials said."

 

A lot of people were out searching. If he was intentionally out of bounds, then I think there should be fines to help pay for the expenses involved with the rescue.

post #19 of 19
So, would bushcraft now be part of skier's training? biggrin.gif
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