A snowboarder who went missing Monday night during a snowstorm near Castle Peak was alive and well Tuesday after walking his way out of the backcountry, according to Nevada County Sheriff’s Department officials.
Abraham Finkelstein, 25, a Bay Area resident, was backcountry snowboarding with his father on Monday in the Castle Peak area across Interstate 80 from Boreal Mountain Resort.
The pair started hiking up a hill toward Peter Grubb Hut when a storm moved in and the father and son were separated due to cold and snowy conditions, according to the Nevada County Sheriff’s Department. The father was able to make it down to the family vehicle around 5 p.m. Monday, but his son did not show up.
Sgt. Sam Brown of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Department said Finkelstein spent the night and day walking and eventually came to a house in the Soda Springs area where he received help and was able to contact his family and search and rescue personnel. The Sheriff’s Department learned about 8 p.m. that he had been located.
Brown said Finkelstein was taken to an area hospital suffering from some minor frostbite.
Finkelstein’s snowboard is a type that can be split in two and used for walking, Brown said. Finkelstein also used his snowboard as a shelter when he rested during the night.
Brown said the house where Finklestein found help was 3 to 5 miles, as the crow flies, from where he went missing.
Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287. Bee staff writer Bill Lindelof contributed to this report.