Police looking for ‘focus area’ for skier



Emergency services have narrowed down their search for a cross-country skier who spent three frigid nights in the NSW Snowy Mountains.

Police are targeting a specific “area of ​​interest,” which was discovered Monday during the coordinated ground and air search.

Specialized teams will comb the site and provide an update later on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old man, whose family does not wish to be identified, was last contacted on Saturday morning before skiing to the hinterland of Kosciuszko National Park.

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The alarm was raised when he did not return when police found his car in Guthega late Saturday.

Specialized police from the Alpine Operations Unit, State Emergency Service and National Parks and Wildlife Service are involved in the search, which was halted at sunset on Monday.

The missing man, who is experienced cross-country skiers, is said to be carrying a personal locating beacon, limited day supply and adequate gear for backcountry conditions.

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Monaro’s Police Chief Superintendent John Klepczarek said a police helicopter would join the search for the skier, who was thought to be in remote terrain.

Searchers focused on the high ground near Guthega in hopes that he would find shelter.

“This man is experienced and probably able to create a shelter on his own,” said Supt Klepczarek Monday.

“My intention is to have a positive result,” he said, noting that the skier was increasingly concerned as he was “definitely” late to return from his alpine adventure.

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