Search for skier enters 7th day

Constantinos “Danny” Filippidis of Toronto was declared missing at Whiteface Mountain Ski Center Feb. 7. He was found alive Tuesday, 2,900 miles away in California. (Photo provided by state police)

LAKE PLACID –Searchers continue to comb the slopes of Whiteface for a Toronto firefighter who disappeared Feb. 7, some time between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m.

Constantinos “Danny” Filippidis, a 49-year-old skier, was visiting Whiteface with a group of retired and off-duty firefighters who make an annual ski trip together.

His companions initiated the search around 4:30 p.m. when Filippidis failed to rejoin them after a run down the mountain.

The search is being led by state Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers in coordination with state police and Whiteface Mountain staff.

Filippidis was last seen wearing a green ski jacket, black helmet and red skis, and is described as 5-foot-10-inches tall, 220 pounds with brown eyes and black hair.

The search detail now consists of Forest Rangers, state police, the Office of Emergency Management, Office of Fire Prevention Services, Department of Homeland Security, United States Customs and Border Protection, Whiteface and Gore Mountain ski patrol, Toronto Area Fire Services and other numerous organizations and volunteers, totaling more than 140 people comprising the search committee. At this time, no other volunteers are needed.

Whiteface Mountain remains in full operation. Skiers and snowboarders at Whiteface Mountain who may see anything out of the ordinary are asked to notify the mountain’s ski patrol.

Anyone who may have information, or may have seen Filippidis, is asked to call the New York State Police at 518-873-2750.

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