This undated photo released by the Maine Warden Service shows Nicholas Joy, 17, of Medford, who was found alive Tuesday morning by a snowmobiler on a trail
This undated photo released by the Maine Warden Service shows Nicholas Joy, 17, of Medford, who was found alive Tuesday morning by a snowmobiler on a trail off the western side of Maine's Sugarloaf Mountain, two days after disappearing during a family ski trip. (Associated Press)

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine (AP) -- Maine wardens say a 17-year-old skier who was found alive and well at Maine's Sugarloaf ski resort survived two nights in the wild by building a snow cave for shelter while walking toward the sound of snowmobiles during the day.

The Maine Warden Service says a snowmobiler found Nicholas Joy, of Medford, Mass., this morning on a trail off the western side of Sugarloaf Mountain. He was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

Joy was reported missing Sunday afternoon after he and his father took separate trails from the top and he failed to show up at the bottom.

Wardens say Joel Paul, a snowmobiler from Massachusetts who was not part of the search party, found the boy at about 9 a.m. on a trail west of Sugarloaf Mountain. He was taken to an area hospital for evaluation, officials said.

Sugarloaf General Manager John Diller says Joy and his parents had a tearful reunion.



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