01/25/2015 04:11 EST | Updated 03/27/2015 05:59 EDT

Julie Abrahamsen's friends celebrate missing snowboarder's return

Missing snowboarder Julie Abrahamsen is back with friends and has talked to her father following her rescue Saturday from Whistler Blackcomb, three days after she was last seen.

The breakthrough in the search came when a helicopter spotted the 21-year-old's tracks in the snow Saturday, followed them from the air. Crews found her in extremely rugged terrain at an elevation of 1,600 metres near Upper Wedge Creek.

Interviewed by Norway's TV2, Abrahamsen's father Knut Peder Abrahamsen said the family is grateful beyond belief for their daughter's rescue.

"We are so grateful to God, the rescue workers and the police,” her dad said. "The rescue crew said that if she had continued to walk, she would have had two days left before reaching the main road.”

"I love my three children and grateful and happy to still have all of them," he said.

His daughter posted her gratitude to Facebook.

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