Alpine Skiing

Speed, agility, balance, coordination, and line tactics are some of the key components in alpine ski racing. Emanating from the popular recreational activity of downhill skiing, alpine ski racing consists of four primary events: Downhill, Super G, Giant Slalom and Slalom, and the Combined or Super Combined (combines downhill and slalom).

Looking to kick start your downhill dreams? Recreational racing programs like NASTAR provide skiers a great platform and introduction to alpine skiing. The US Ski & Snowboard Association (USSA) also organizes local clubs for aspiring athletes to join. 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.

For more information on alpine skiing, contact John Norton at


Friday, February 2

  • Super G – 11 a.m. – Whiteface Mountain
    • Bib pick up 7 - 8 a.m. in the NYSEF Bldg

Saturday, February 3

  • Giant Slalom – 9:30 a.m. – Whiteface Mountain
    • Bib pick up 7 - 8 a.m. in the NYSEF Bldg
  • Kombi U10, U12, U14 Fun race – 10:30 a.m. – Mt. Pisgah, Saranac Lake
    • Registration on site 8:15 - 9 a.m.

Sunday, February 4

  • Slalom – 9:30 a.m. – Whiteface Mountain
    • Bib pick up 7 - 8 a.m. in the NYSEF Bldg

*All schedules are subject to change


Registration for the U16-U19 competition is completed via NYSSRA, by invitation only, starting the Sunday prior to the Games. Registration fees are non-refundable. In the event of a family emergency, a refund may be given. A refund request must be made in writing to be considered.

Registration fees for the U10, U12, U14 races are outlined below.



All U16-U19 participants must have current Competitor membership with USSA and NYSSRA to register for Empire State Games. Participation in Empire State Winter Games alpine events is by invitation only by New York Ski Racing Association. You must receive a NYSSRA invitation to register for alpine ski events. Registration is via NYSSRA, not ESWG.

U10, U12, U14 (Non-Excelsior Cup Athletes) KOMBI Race at Mt. Pisgah

Register now!

Registered athletes who check in and pay at Athlete Check-In on Thursday, February 1 can participate in the Opening Ceremony that evening. Athletes can also register and pay at Mt. Pisgah on the day of the event, but will not recieve their jackets until that day and will not be allowed to march in the Opening Ceremony. 

Race Information

(No qualification needed) 

Saturday, February 3rd:

  • Registration – 8:15 - 9 a.m. – Pisgah Base Lodge
  • Race Start – 10:30 a.m.
    • 2 runs and awards 30 mins after the completion of the race

This event is geared towards athletes 13 and under. There are no NYSSRA or USSA membership requirements. Helmets are required!

Registration Fees

$45 registration includes a lift ticket at Pisgah and an ESWG uniform. If you have already registered for another Empire State Winter Games event, the cost to race at Pisgah is only $20. All proceeds will go back to ESWG and the Saranac Lake Ski Club for helping to put on this wonderful event. Registration fees can be paid by check, cash, or credit card at Athlete Check-In or at Mt. Pisgah. Checks can be made payable to NYSEF.

If you are interested in participating in the Skier Cross competitions, please sign up for that event separately, and your entry to the U10, U12, U14 race at Pisgah will only be $20 dollars!