Police launch new search for skier that went missing on Kvaløya in Tromsø

Snow mountainsPhoto: Alberto Restifo / Unsplash

Avalanche danger, poor visibility, and snow showers have created challenges for the search operation aimed at finding a man in his 50s who went missing after a ski trip on Kvaløya in Tromsø on Saturday.

“We have helicopter resources in the area, and we will now try to get into the relevant mountain area,” operations manager Roy Tore Meyer told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK).

The man went skiing alone at 6:00 PM on Saturday, and at 11:30 PM, his cohabitant contacted the police after he had not returned home as agreed. 

Shortly afterward, the search operation was launched.

“Difficult search conditions”

“There have been very difficult search conditions tonight. We have reached the area, but it is currently not advisable to send people all the way into the area in question. The danger of avalanches is great,” Meyer told newspaper Nordlys earlier on Sunday morning.

The steep terrain, poor visibility, snow showers, and the low temperature all presented challenges.  

The police have no indications that the skier has been swept away by an avalanche.

Nordlys writes that the missing person’s car was found on Kattfjordeidet, and that the man was probably on a trip to the popular hiking mountain Skittentinden. 

The missing person is allegedly an experienced skier.

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