The search for a 42-year-old snowboarder who went missing after skiing out of bounds at Big White Ski Resort has come to a tragic end.
Late Monday morning, Search and Rescuers along with Big White Ski Patrol located the body of the overdue snowboarder who was last seen Sunday at 1 p.m.
A recovery effort is underway with assistance from the Penticton and District Search and Rescue’s helicopter external transport system.
RCMP said that the man’s next of kin has been notified.
The man, who was from Kelowna, was last seen at the Gem Lake chair lift as he prepared to do his last run of the day on Dec. 26.
“A search was conducted (Sunday) evening but was called off at 12:45 a.m. due to inclement weather and poor visibility,” said Cpl. Tammy Lobb in a news release. “The search is being conducted in the backcountry of Big White where the snowpack is unstable and is subject to considerable and high avalanche risks.”
The investigation will be turned over to the BC Coroners Service, Lobb said Monday afternoon.