Adaptive Alpine

Qualification Requirements

The 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.

For further information on adaptive sports, please contact the sports director, Jean Brennan, at

Deadline for registration is Wednesday, Feb. 1, noon.


2017 ESWG Adaptive Alpine Race Schedule

*Friday, Feb. 3 IPC-SG (USSA Golden Rule) 11 a.m.

Upper Thruway, Draper's Drop

*Saturday, Feb. 4 IPC-GS (USSA Golden Rule) 9:30 a.m.

Upper Thruway, Draper's Drop

Saturday, Feb. 4 Adaptive Assisted (GS) 10:30 a.m. Mixing Bowl
Saturday, Feb. 4 Adaptive Unassisted (GS) 1 p.m. Lower Valley
*Sunday, Feb. 5 IPC (USSA Golden Rule) (SL) 9:30 a.m. Draper's Drop
Sunday, Feb. 5 Adaptive Unassisted (SL) 9:30 a.m. Lower Valley



















NOTE: * Indicates same start time and location of United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) Empire State Winter Games (ESWG) races. International Paralympic Committee (IPC) seed is within ESWG USSA Race under the USSA Golden Rule.

Contact Jay Rand at the New York Ski Educational Foundation (NYSEF) for additonal information at (518) 524-3004.

IPC Races will be held in accordance with the USSA Golden Rule. IPC license required.

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, where the best athletes in the world routinely train and compete.

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.

This finish area of this event is readily available to family and friends. Awards will be presented here immediately following the event. (See Adaptive Alpine Registration Form for event date, time and registration fees).

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.

Spectators can purchase a B Lift foot passenger ticket, which takes the passenger to the finish area of the IPC and non-adaptive races. The course for these races is visible on the other side of the trail. Spectators can only access close-up viewing on skis or snowboard. Tickets need to be purchased at the Whiteface Mountain ticket counter. (See adaptive Alpine registration form for event dates, times and registration fees). 

IPC events are also scheduled as part of the Empire State Winter Games, which are conducted under the USSA Golden Rule. These events include SG, GS and SL competitions. An international IPC license is required. For additional information on acccess to these events contact Jay Rand at the New York Ski Educational foundation Office at (518) 946-7001 ext. 23.

Helmets are mandatory for all athletes.

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.