The 17-year-old skier from Massachusetts who spent two nights lost near the Sugarloaf ski area returned home Wednesday.

Nicholas Joy arrived in Medford, Mass., during the afternoon and didn’t speak to reporters outside his home, which was decorated with balloons and a banner, according to The Associated Press.

His mother, Donna, said he is feeling well and is “in a good frame of mind” and relieved to be home, according to the AP report.

“He’s a strong, smart kid and we’re very proud of him,” she said in the report. She said the family is thankful for the thoughts and prayers of supporters, and she called her son’s rescuer an “angel.”

Joy spent Tuesday night in Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington and was released about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, hospital spokesman Jill Gray said. She said she could not provide any further details.

Joy got lost after skiing with his father Sunday afternoon and spent two nights on the back side of Sugarloaf Mountain before he was rescued Tuesday morning.

Sugarloaf staff, along with the Maine Warden Service, spent Wednesday retracing the movements of Joy, according to resort spokesman Ethan Austin.

He said resort staff will see if they need to change trail signs to make the boundaries more easily understood by skiers and snowboarders.

Kaitlin Schroeder — 861-9252
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