If they don't find him tonight, he is most likely dead. I worked at ski resorts for years, and every season at least one person died on the mountain, either from a heart attack or traumatic injury. It's not uncommon.
Hopefully he's just injured and they will find him very soon.
So sad to hear. He was probably just out having fun.
I recently purchased an InReach tracker and I'm learning how to use it. I'm an avid skier but not a great skier and being 56 years old and someone who skis alone a lot, I figure that anything can happen. I'm going to be using it even on the main mountains JUST IN CASE. I figure that I can always slide off a trail, be alone on a trail too long or something. No, it's not a cure all but I figure why not take advantage of today's technology. At the end of the day common sense and backcountry skills are most important but why not add a little edge....
This is not going to have a happy ending unfortunately if he has been gone since Wednesday. Probably decided to ski the woods alone that were not open. Pow fever is a dangerous thing.
Coach, you know that mountain ---- wouldn't you think if he just went to ski the woods they would find him?? I mean he wasn't a local so I'd guess he wouldn't venture into something that wasn't marked as a trail?? Are there areas there that he could've zigged when he should've zagged that would put him in some remote area that they couldn't see during a SAR?? I know places like that exist at Smuggs but I don't know WF well enough to know if that's possible.