AN Albury skier who broke his leg on Mount Bogong has finally made it off the peak, after spending two nights injured on the peak.
The man was carried to a road ambulance about 1pm Thursday.
The man spent Wednesday night in a hut with rescuers after failed efforts to winch him from the mountain with a helicopter.
Police said on Thursday morning he was being moved down the peak with a rescue crew and was expected to be transferred to a road ambulance on Thursday afternoon.
The alarm was raised for the man, 44, about 6pm Tuesday but his removal from the 1986-metre mountain was hampered by poor weather conditions on Wednesday.
An air ambulance helicopter was on standby to winch the cross-country skier down, but cloud cover left it grounded.
When there was some opening in the skies late in the day further attempts were made with an ambulance helicopter, however it was decided at 8.30pm that it was too dangerous to continue to manoeuvre an aerial retrieval.
The man, together with a rescue team and his friends, was left to continue to be carried out after what had been a tough 24 hours.
The man was initially reported to have a hip injury, but it was later found he had a broken leg after falling in the snow.
An ambulance spokeswoman said the man was stranded 1.2km from Cleve Cole Hut with his friends who wrapped him in a sleeping bag for warmth and comfort on Tuesday night.
A police search and rescue crew from Melbourne and members of the State Emergency Service’s specialist alpine search and survival team were called to the mountain.
Sergeant Larry Goldsworthy, of Mount Beauty police, said police reached the skier about 5am Wednesday.
SES North East operations manager Brendan Corboy said four members from Tallangatta, and Bright initially responded with two from Euroa and one from Wangaratta also providing equipment for the retrieval.
Another five members from Falls Creek ferried gear in with snow-mobiles.
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