RCMP and Nelson Search and Rescue have successfully located 47-year-old Edward Perello near the Whitewater Ski Resort. The Ymir resident has been missing since he left to go skiing alone on Monday.

UPDATED: Missing skier found near Whitewater

Nelson RCMP and search and rescue teams searched for Edward Perello who went skiing alone on December 8 and did not return home.

Several West Kootenay search and rescue teams and the RCMP have located a missing skier near the Whitewater ski hill this morning after more than two days of searching. Edward Perello, 47, of Ymir is currently being extracted from the location and taken to a waiting ambulance . His medical condition is unknown, but search teams indicated that he appears to be doing well.

An individual who believes they spoke to Perello at the ski hill, later contacted the Nelson RCMP and provided a potential direction of travel of the missing skier.

In a written statement from the RCMP, they thanked the public for their assistance. “If it were not for information provided by an individual who spoke to Mr. Perello and provided us with a direction of travel, he may not have been located in time or at all. We are very pleased with the outcome for Mr. Perello and his family. Once again, another fantastic effort put forth by SAR and all individuals who contributed to his safe return.”

Perello went skiing alone at approximately 8 a.m. on Monday and did not return home. He was reported missing late Tuesday afternoon.

Twenty-seven people conducted a ground search of the area on Tuesday until midnight and 22 people started searching again at 7 a.m. Wednesday morning. A helicopter was onsite for one hour searching for the man in areas that Nelson Search and Rescue cannot reach. Search manager Chris Armstrong said Perello was believed to be wearing all grey and described the conditions as “terrible”.

“The day [Perello] disappeared there were 15 centimetres of powder but that night there was an immense amount of rain which turned the snow isothermic which makes for adverse conditions,” said Armstrong.

Search and rescue personal involved with the search were from Nelson, South Columbia, Rossland and Kaslo.

Armstrong had put in a request for more assistance from all southeast search and rescue personnel on Wednesday for a Thursday arrival.

Prior to that he said, “We have lots of volunteers diligently looking.”

RCMP Sgt. Leanne Tuchscherer said Perello is experienced in the outdoors but the weather conditions have been wet.

Perello was gone for three nights and while it has been mild, it has been raining a lot.

Whitewater Ski Resort manager Kirk Jensen and four staff from the snow safety program were also assisting NSAR and the RCMP with the search and offered up the resort day lodge for the search team.Jensen said the search focus [on Monday and Tuesday] was from the top of the Summit chair and the basin front as Perello’s vehicle was parked at the access point to that area. He said the missing man has been a pass holder for the last two years and is thought to be an advanced skier.

“We know he had a backpack with food and water,” Jensen said. “Perello has touring gear but the searchers are not sure if he was using that or if he was using snowshoes which means he would have been carrying his skis.” By Wednesday morning of the people they had spoken with who were skiing on Monday and Tuesday, no one had seen anyone skiing solo.

A different portion from the search area of the Whitewater Ski Resort was open last Friday through Sunday but is closed mid-week with early season conditions. Whitewater had asked the public not to enter the ski area boundary until the search had been resolved.

Just Posted

RDCK moves ahead with Castlegar rec complex upgrade plan

Board approves grant application for $13 million from provincial, federal governments

Cottonwood Lake preservation group surpasses $50,000 fundraising goal

In 28 days, 393 donors have contributed to the fund

Last of southern Selkirk caribou relocated to Revelstoke area

One cow from the South Selkirk herd and two from the Purcells were moved this week

Scammers using Castlegar home for rental fraud

Local realtors say the problem is happening more frequently with their properties

West Kootenay radio club says local network in need of upgrades

Club president Lane Wilson estimated $100,000 of work required

B.C. opioid crisis to get same world-renowned treatment approach as HIV/AIDS

A program that focuses on treatment as prevention will roll out Jan. 17

Olympian snowboarder Max Parrot diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Each year in Canada, approximately 900 people are diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

‘Prince of Pot’ Marc Emery accused of sexual assault, harassment

Emery denied the allegations, but a Toronto woman says she is not the only one speaking out

Vancouver Island photographer makes National Geographic’s 2018 elite

Rare double honour for Marston from the 36 best Your Shots out of nearly 19,000 photos

Ex-Liberal candidate in Burnaby, B.C., says volunteer wrote controversial post

Karen Wang dropped out following online post singling out NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh’s ethnicity

Asteroids are smacking Earth twice as often as before

The team counted 29 craters that were no older than 290 million years

Canada’s arrest of Huawei exec an act of ‘backstabbing,’ Chinese ambassador says

China has called Canada’s arrest of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou ‘politically motivated’

In limbo: Leftover embryos challenge clinics, couples

Some are outright abandoned by people who quit paying storage fees and other couples struggle with tough decisions

BREAKING: Jury finds man accused of killing B.C. girl, 12, guilty

Twelve-year-old Monica Jack disappeared in May 1978 while riding her bike along a highway in Merritt, B.C.

Most Read