Cypress Mountain, outside of Vancouver, BC.
Credits: QMI AGENCY
Sebastien Boucher, 33, of West Vancouver, was found in a remote area about 10 kilometres from where he first went out of bounds from the snowboard trail. The search was a race against deteriorating weather conditions.
Searchers spotted fresh tracks near Black Mountain Tuesday afternoon and an RCMP helicopter used an infrared camera to scan the area where he was eventually located.
"He's in amazing shape for what he's gone through," said Bruce Moffat, manager for North Shore Rescue.
"When he saw the helicopter and team members he was jumping around, waving his arms and yelling."
Aaron Anderson, who Boucher texted to say he was lost, was relieved to learn his friend was safe.
"I haven't had the experience of something so dismal," Anderson said. "Even the search and rescue guys were phoning me last night and being not very optimistic."
Anderson said Boucher is "a risk-taker" but has survival skills.
"He's the type of guy who would go up to Whistler and camp in a self-made igloo and go snowboarding in the morning," he said.
Anderson and Boucher spoke briefly Sunday morning at Cypress Mountain. Around 1:30 p.m. Anderson received a telephone call from Boucher that was instantly disconnected. About 11:45 Sunday night, while at a Christmas party, Anderson received a text from Boucher.
"I'm in the woods. Still on Cypress," the text read. "This is not a joke. Please help me."