A spokesman for a ski high in the Pyrenees Mountains in northeastern Spain has issued what it hopes is a reassuring statement telling skiers and visitors, “There is no cause for alarm, but in any case we will remain alert.”

The concern behind the press release wasn’t avalanche warnings or blizzard conditions, but the possible sighting of what might be the infamous Abominable Snowman, the mysterious creature said to roam snowy high altitude terrain everywhere from the Himalayas to the Colorado Rockies.

Skiers and snowboards enjoying the slopes at the Formigal resort were both excited and frightened at the chance to actually see the creature that, although generally regarded as mere folklore by the scientific community, is a part of the folklore, history and mythology of the people of the Himalayas.

The Snowman, who is also known as “Yeti,” is an ape-humanoid-like creature taller than humans, has been the subject of mystery, speculation and legend in what is now Tibet and Nepal, may have been captured on film on the slopes by a skier who posted footage of the sighting online with the caption: “Strange animal spotted in Formigal. What the hell is this?”

That footage seems to show a large white figure on two legs walking slowly on the slopes around the ski resort, although the quality is not good and does not reveal the image clearly

The resort spokesman said, “We have spoken to the witnesses of the sighting to identify the area in which it took place and after combing the area we have found nothing.”

The mystery of the creature has fascinated not only the indigenous people of the region where the legend originated, but spread to Europe and the west in the 19th century, and forms the basis for spirited debate about whether it truly exists or an ancient relative of the polar bear or just a prankster in a furry, white outfit.

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