Searchers for missing skier face cold, windy conditions
WILMINGTON — The search for a man who went missing Wednesday on Whiteface Mountain continued through the weekend and continues today. Conditions on the famed ski mountain, which has 300 miles of trails, were windy with sub-zero temperatures today.
Constantinos “Danny” Filippidis, 49, of Toronto, Canada, was reported missing at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Since that time, teams led by the state Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers in coordination with the state police and staff from Whiteface Mountain have been searching for Filippidis. One hundred volunteers are assisting in the search.
Searchers are asking that anyone who was skiing Whiteface Wednesday, Feb. 7, between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. and saw Filippidis or who was using a Go Pro camera to contact them at 518-873-2750.
Filippidis is white, 5 foot 10 inches, weighs 220 pounds, and has brown eyes and black hair. He was last seen wearing a black ski helmet, Oakley goggles, a green ski coat, black ski pants, and had red skis.
Filippidis was one of a group of off-duty and retired Toronto firefighters who make an annual ski trip together.
Other agencies involved in the search include the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, the Office of Emergency Management, Office of Fire Prevention Services, Whiteface and Gore Mountain ski patrol, United States Customs and Border Protection, Toronto Fire Services and other organizations and volunteers.