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 it be regional competitions or on the national stage. Competitions are open to all persons with physical or cognitive disabilities.

The 2020 Games are pleased to announce that in addition to our unassisted alpine races we will be hosting an additional race for assisted adaptive athletes. All ski racers have to start somewhere and the Empire State Winter Games for the Physically Challenged is a fantastic starting point for adaptive skiers. The race will be held at Whiteface's Bear Den Learning Center and athletes will have a chance to work with experiened coaches and volunteers to help them reach the finish line! 

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


Saturday, February 1

  • Adaptive Unassisted (SL) –  Lower Valley Whiteface Mountain 

Saturday, February 29 

  • Adaptive Assisted Race - Bear's Den Learning Center  

*All schedules are subject to change


Lower Valley Event and Bears Den Events: $40


There are no refunds of entry fees. While registering please double check the dates of compeition and qualification requirements needed to compete. In the case of a medical emergency, depending on the circumstances, a refund MAY be considered.

Any refund requests must be made in writing and sent to: Molly Mayer Event Director, ESWG, 2608 Main Street, Lake Placid, NY 12946


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 Otter Trail, which is conveniently located at Whiteface Mountain's Bear Den Learning Center. These competitors will be assisted up the bunny hutch 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 thier 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 U.S. 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 U.S. Ski & Snowboard competitor membership. Short-term memberships available on the website: