Whiteface skier found in California slept for most of 2900-mile drive

Toronto firefighter found safe in California after disappearing from New York ski trip

Filippidis was reported missing by friends at Whiteface Mountain, site of the 1980 Winter Olympics alpine ski events, around 4:30 p.m. last Wednesday.

A longtime Toronto firefighter who disappeared at the end of a group ski trip in upstate NY was found "alive and in good health" in Sacramento, California Tuesday, almost six days after first being reported missing to authorities.

Ramagnano said Filippidis is now receiving medical help and that his family is flying out to meet him.

The circumstances regarding this case are under investigation and police said further details will be released at a later time.

Numerous agencies, including State Police, State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers, the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services and ORDA took part in the five-and-a-half-day search.

"We were quite concerned, and I had discussions with some of our peer support people on exactly what we could do for our members who were skiing with him", Ramagnano said.

How and why Filippidis ended up in California remained a mystery Tuesday evening.

"The person who was skiing with him was feeling worn out, he wanted to take a rest, he didn't want to ski anymore", Ramagnano said. His wife waited at Whiteface for him to be found, Toronto Fire Chief Matthew Pegg said Friday in an TV interview with Toronto's CityNews.

Constantinos "Danny" Filippidis was tracked through the day when his lift ticket was scanned into the resort's computer.

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Filippidis was alone when he was found and was still wearing the clothing he had been skiing in when he went missing, Ramagnano said, adding that he didn't know if Filippidis has a history of mental illness.

Ramagnano called the response from fellow firefighters "tremendous", with about 100 volunteering to aid in the search efforts.

Since then, hundreds of volunteers have spent about 7,000 hours combing the mountain.

Pegg issued a statement saying, "We are all very relieved to know that he is safe, following what has been an exhaustive search operation".

A missing person is an extremely rare occurrence at Whiteface, according to ORDA spokesman Jon Lundin. Lundin said the response from the Toronto fire community has been tremendous.

State Police Public Information Officer Jennifer Fleishman said there might be a press conference this afternoon regarding the investigation.

Searchers also put out the call for video footage from anyone who was skiing in the area Filippidis was last seen.

"They had a helicopter out today, and there were people probing the trails", Hoffstatter said.

The two guessed Filippidis must be running or hiding from someone.

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