Relatives and friends of snowboarder James Martin were celebrating on New Year's eve after he was found alive on Mount Seymour after going missing on Dec. 28.

His mother Debbie Martin described the news as "a miracle." "It's the best news that could ever happen,'' she said.

North Vancouver RCMP have confirmed that Martin is "coherent and talking," but suffering from frostbite and hypothermia.

They said he was located by five members of North Shore Search and Rescue who were searching on foot in the Mount Seymour back country. They found him resting near trees and sitting on a log.

Martin, who is from Orillia, Ont., has been airlifted off the mountain to Vancouver General Hospital.

Martin's brother Scott also confirmed on James's Facebook page that the 21-year-old was found with an overjoyed message: "I'm so Fxxxxxx happy - pardon my English."

Martin's landlord Glen Williams, who was up on Seymour helping with the search, said in a phone call minutes after the discovery of Martin that it "was great news" that Martin was found alive.

On Tuesday, North Vancouver RCMP received a report of an abandoned vehicle at the top of Mount Seymour parking lot from an employee of the mountain.

The vehicle, a 1996 gray Ford Explorer with Ontario plates, is registered to Martin. There was no note left on the dashboard.

North Vancouver RCMP found Mr. Martin's cell phone and wallet inside his vehicle. By accessing the cellular phone, police were able to determine that Martin last used it on December 27.

Martin works for a roofing firm in Langley, B.C.

The search began at 7 a.m. this morning.

With reports by CTV British Columbia's Reshmi Nair and Jon Woodward