Body of skier found three miles off course after he disappeared two weeks ago

A skier's dead body has been found three miles away from the slopes he visited on Christmas Day.

Police believe Rory Angelotta must have got lost in dangerous whiteout conditions on Northstar Ski Resort in California.

A statement on Sunday confirmed the 43-year-old's body had been recovered by search and rescue teams, near a suburban residential area over two weeks since he went missing.

A sheriff statement shared on Facebook said: "Angelotta had travelled a considerable distance from the ski resort boundaries and the backside of the resort, where searchers believed Angelotta had gotten lost during the whiteout conditions on the 25th."

It took so long to find the skier's body due to the unlikely distance he must have travelled to tragically end up where he did.

The police statement said it is possible that Angelotta tried skiing all the way to a neighbourhood near Truckee town "when he succumbed to the elements".

Despite the unexpected location of his body, officials have ruled out any suggestion of suspicious or unusual activity.

An inquest will determine the exact cause of Angelotta's death.

As recently as October, the skier left his home in Colorado for the Truckee area of north east California to become the general manager at a ski boot shop.

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The skier’s family thanked the police in a satement saying: "The Angelotta family is deeply touched by the overwhelming outpouring of prayers and support during this extremely difficult time and personally wants to thank everyone that accompanied in the search and assisted them during these last two weeks."

A large-scale rescue operation was pulled back almost 10 days earlier after the Placer County sheriff’s office said it is unlikely Angelotta would be found alive.

A statement explaining the decision said: "It has been determined there is no realistic possibility Rory has survived the severe winter conditions. A scaled response is still planned for recovery operations at the resort."

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Angelotta was reported missing by pals on the same day he used his ski lift pass at about 11:30am, because he failed to join them for Christmas dinner.

The weather at the resort on December 25 is reported to have posed an "avalanche danger, strong winds, whiteout flurries, frigid temperatures, and heavy snow loads".

The statement continued: "The search conditions included high winds, whiteout conditions, overnight temperatures in the teens, and over seven feet of new snow since the beginning of the search.

"Resources deployed included Nordic skiers, snowshoers, snowcats, snowmobiles, a Blackhawk helicopter, and a CHP helicopter deploying advanced aerial borne radar technology,” the statement added.

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