Searching for a needle in a haystack has nothing on this man’s snowy endeavor.
Chris Wong, 28, of New York City, was having a nice little ski-weekend vacation with a group of his friends until one of the most soul-crushing, painfully annoying moments most New Yorkers consider their worst nightmare occurred: He lost his precious iPhone.
“We went on this pretty crazy run that has a ton of deep moguls,” Wong told GoodMorningAmerica.com of that fateful Valentine’s Day at Stratton Mountain Ski Resort in South Londonderry, Vt. “Somewhere I flipped over and completely wiped out,” he said.
It wasn’t until the end of the day when he got back into the car that Wong realized his phone was missing. In its place was just an empty, half-zipped coat pocket full of snow.
“It was the end of the day and we were like, ‘OK, we’ll look for it tomorrow,’” he recalled.
So they did. He and his buddies returned to the spot where he thought he fell, although they weren’t even 100 percent certain they were in the correct location, to search high and low with their ski poles and glove-covered hands, to no avail.
Wong accepted defeat and had already bought a new iPhone before a new idea dawned on him.
“I said, ‘Hey, you know what, maybe I’ll try to find it on the slopes with a metal detector,’” he explained. “The cost of the new one was a lot and I wish I had the old one to sell to make up for the cost.”
He and his friends had already planned a return trip to the same ski resort for the following weekend, so he invested in a new metal detector from Amazon.
“People were making fun of me even on the drive up, already rolling their eyes because we were jammed in the car with all our luggage and I had this crammed in the backseat,” he said of the metal detector.
But now Wong has the last laugh.
“It started beeping and I started freaking out. I was very, very excited,” the savvy skier explained of the moment he located his phone after only about 30 minutes of searching the slope.
Completely overjoyed, Wong began shouting in the YouTube video, which has already amassed nearly 100,000 views since it was uploaded Monday, capturing the miraculous moment on camera.
Not only did he find the missing the iPhone an entire week later, but after letting it sit in a bag of rice overnight in hopes of sucking out all the moisture, it worked.
“The next morning I woke up and everyone was like, ‘Well does it work? Let’s give it a shot,’” Wong said. “I turned it on right away and everyone was like, ‘Oh, my God.’”
He believes his iPhone case, a mophie juice pack that covers all the phone’s ports, helped save the day by better protecting the phone from the snow. But whatever it was, Wong couldn’t be more grateful.
“My biggest takeaway is if you believe something will work, you have to go for it,” he said. “You can’t give up too easily.
“There’s so many things in life where people tell me, ‘That’s not possible,’ and now I have at least this one small victory that will hopefully carry over into some bigger ones.”
Wong plans to return the new iPhone he bought because the old one is fortunately back to stay.