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Whiteface Mountain

A skier missing for six days on Whiteface Mountain in remote northeast NY and presumed dead has turned up alive and well 2,800 miles away in Sacramento, California, State Police said.

Constantinos "Danny" Filippidis, 49, was last seen February 7 skiing with friends and family at Whiteface Mountain in upstate NY.

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.

Filippidis is a captain with Toronto Fire Services, according to Chief Matthew Pegg.

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

Constantinos "Danny" Filippidis called his wife from Sacramento on Tuesday, nearly 3,000 miles from where searchers were combing Whiteface Mountain for him.

Whiteface Mountain remains in full operation. He said Filippidis was skiing with one other person but when that person started to feel worn out, he said Filippidis made a decision to do "one last run" by himself.

"He wasn't able to give direct answers", Ramagnano said.

"They'll do a comprehensive investigation", Ramagnano said.

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One employee at the mountain jokingly said in passing Tuesday, "Whiteface is now home to the longest ski trail in the world". His belongings were found at the lodge and his vehicle remained in the parking lot.

"After speaking with him (Filippidis) it sounds as if he may have gotten a ride in a big rig - he was unable to provide us with a description of the big rid or a description of the driver of the big rig - but he was found with cash in his possession and a Visa card and a cell phone he had recently purchased", he said.

"It was coming to the end of the day and Danny wanted to do a last run, so he was skiing alone when he went missing", Ramagnano told reporters Tuesday, adding there was no indication of any problems.

"We use the terms "brother" and "sister" and I'm glad that they're not just words".

The search involved as many as 140 people a day - some state employees and others volunteers - plus helicopters, drones, dogs and other equipment.

Officials began looking for him hours later, with search efforts initially headed by the state's Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers, state police and resort staff. U.S. Border Patrol also helped, along with Search and Rescue of the Northern Adirondacks (SARNAK), a trained volunteer group.

In his statement, Pegg thanked "all those who participated in the search" for Filippidis.

The search area on Whiteface Mountain, seen here from Copperas Pond, is vast.

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