The body of a ski resort worker who did not return home from a snowboarding session has been found in a wooded area without trails.
Perisher in the NSW Snowy Mountains contacted police about 10.50pm (AEST) on Wednesday after the 25-year-old man failed to show up for work.
Searchers found his body about 11.30pm.
Queanbeyan Acting Inspector Graeme Bailey told AAP the man was found in an ungroomed area near Guthega Creek in the NSW Snowy Mountains.
Perisher mountain operations staff abandoned trails and walked through wooded areas to find the man, he said.
Perisher chief executive Peter Brulisauer said it was a sad day.
“Our condolences go out to the young man’s family and friends during this difficult time,” he said in a statement.
The man’s name has not been released.
An autopsy will carried out and initial investigations are focusing on whether he fell while snowboarding.
It’s the second death at an eastern Australian ski resort in a little more than a week.
A seven-year-old boy, Haadi Akhtar, died after being buried by snow that came loose from his lodge at Mt Buller in Victoria.
He was found nearly two hours after he went missing, just 40 metres from where he was last seen.
The latest death also comes only hours after a 21-year-old man was found at Perisher with serious head injuries. He was transferred to Canberra Hospital.
After a slow start to the season, Australian snowfields have received a massive dumping of snow since last weekend.
Blizzards last week dumped 80cm in 24 hours in some parts of the Snowy Mountains.