Adaptive Alpine

Speed, agility, balance, coordination, and line tactics are some of the key components in adaptive alpine ski racing. Emanating from the popular recreational activity of downhill skiing, adaptive alpine ski racing consists of two primary events: Giant Slalom and Slalom.

Looking to kick-start your dreams? Recreational racing programs like NYSEF (New York Ski Educational Foundation) are a great platform and introduction to adaptive alpine skiing. These pipelines provide knowledgeable coaches and officials to guide athletes on their way to their ultimate goal, whether that be regional competitions or on the national stage. Competitions are open to all persons with physical or cognitive disabilities.

For more information on adaptive alpine skiing, contact Jean Brennan at


Saturday, February 3

  • Adaptive Unassisted (SL) – 9:30 a.m. – Lower Valley Whiteface Mountain
  • Adaptive Assisted (GS) – 10:30 a.m. – Mixing Bowl Whiteface Mountain
  • Adaptive Unassisted (GS) – 1 p.m. – Lower Valley Whiteface Mountain

*All schedules are subject to change


Saturday, February 3 Mixing Bowl Event: $35

Saturday, February 3 Lower Valley Event: $40

Sunday, Feburary 4 Lower Valley Event: $40

Registration fees are non-refundable. In the event of a medical or family emergency, a refund may be given. A refund request must be made in writing to be considered.


The Empire State Winter Games, in conjunction with the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) and NYSEF, proudly host a variety of adaptive alpine ski events for athletes of all ability levels at the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center. Adaptive alpine races are open to all persons with a physical or cognitive disability. You do not have to be a New York state resident to participate in the Empire State Games.

Assisted novice adaptive athletes will compete on the Mixing Bowl novice trail, which is conveniently located adjacent to the main Whiteface Mountain base lodge. These competitors will be assisted up the Mixing Bowl chairlift by qualified personnel, including members of the Whiteface Ski School adaptive staff, and guided down in special sleds through a flagged GS course. Each competitor will be entitled to two timed runs with the fastest run determining their placing.

Unassisted adaptive athletes will have an opportunity to compete for two consecutive days on the Lower Valley intermediate trail. Each of the two GS events will have two timed runs, which will be combined for placings within classes. Awards will be presented at the NYSEF Training Center following the events.

IPC events that are normally scheduled as part of the Empire State Winter Games will not be scheduled due to the US Adaptive Alpine Team’s Olympic training schedule.

Helmets are mandatory for all athletes.

Athletes interested in racing in the able-bodied competition must obtain a US Ski & Snowboard competitor membership. Short-term memberships available on the website: