Police are concerned for the welfare of two snowboarders who failed to return from a trip to Victoria’s Mount Bogong as planned.
A group of walkers found the men’s empty tent with sleeping bags and other equipment inside about 6:00am (AEST) this morning.
It appeared they had not been at the campsite since the last snow fall on Saturday evening.
Police said the two men, both aged in their early 30s, were experienced back country snowboarders who had signed the Camp Creek trip intention book on Wednesday.
Sergeant Simon Brand said nine search and rescue officers have been joined by volunteers in a search operation.
“We want to get as much ground covered and searched before nightfall and while the weather is still being kind to us,” Sergeant Brand said.
“Yesterday these snowboarders were just overdue but since their campsite was located this morning we certainly have concerns for their well-being.
“Thankfully we have a number of experienced volunteers who have turned out to assist with the search.”
The two men planned to stay at Mitchell Hut before camping on Eskdale Spur.
They had intended to return on Saturday.
Police said the snowboarders had not been heard from since they spoke to family from a mobile phone and sent pictures of their Mitchell Hut camp on Thursday.
It is believed the men have an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) but police said they have not activated the alarm.