Twenty-five-year-old Gerard Berger, who died in a snowboarding accident, was excited about working at the Perisher ski resort during the winter.
Queenslander Gerard Berger, who died in a snowboarding accident, was excited about working at a NSW ski resort during the winter months.
The Queenslander had failed to return home from a snowboarding session in Perisher and was found in a wooded area without trails late on Wednesday night.
The search began after Berger failed to show up for work.
Mr Berger had just begun a three-month work contract at the NSW ski resort, according to News Corp Australia.
“After leaving it till the final day I have finally finished packing, it finally started snowing and I can’t wait to get there. Perisher bound baby!!” Mr Berger wrote on Facebook on June 15.
Mr Berger, who was from Arundel on the Gold Coast, has been described as a popular young man.
“He’s basically just full of life, living by the moment, always wanting to have fun with his mates,” his brother Rudi told the Gold Coast Bulletin.
Queanbeyan Acting Inspector Graeme Bailey told AAP the man was found in an ungroomed area near Guthega Creek.
Perisher mountain operations staff had to abandon trails and walk through wooded areas to find the man, he said.
Perisher CEO Peter Brulisauer said it was a sad day for staff at the resort.
“Our condolences go out to the young man’s family and friends during this difficult time,” he said in a statement on Thursday.
Mr Brulisauer said Mr Berger was already a popular member of staff in the first few weeks of the season.
A post-mortem examination will be conducted to determine the exact reason for his death but initial investigations are focusing on whether he fell while snowboarding.
It’s the second death at an eastern Australian snow 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 just hours after a 21-year-old man was found at Perisher with serious head injuries and transferred to Canberra Hospital.
After a slow start to the season, Australian snowfields have received a massive dumping of snow since last weekend.