Ski and Snowboard Cross

$2,000 in prize money!

In both Ski Cross and Snowboard Cross, athletes negotiate a downhill course consisting of jumps, rollers, and banked turns in heats of up to four racers at a time. Choice of lane/starting position is determined by a one-run individual time trial. The top two finishers in each heat advance to the next round until only four are left to vie for the final.

For further information on ski and snowboard cross, please contact the sports director, Mike Kirchner, at

Qualification Requirements and Sanctioning Body

Empire State Winter Games Ski Cross and Snowboard Cross are independent, non-sanctioned events open to all athletes.

Entry Divisions

  • 14 & Under – Men/Ladies
  • 15 & over – Men/Ladies
  • Open Class – Men/Ladies
  • Adaptive

Deadline for entries is Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 5:00 pm


Cross time trials will consist of one timed run to seed and make cuts for finals. All heats will consist of a maximum of four athletes on course, single elimination. Semi-final winners advance. Events will be conducted following USASA competition rules.

Registration Fees

Cost is $50 for each age class competition entry and $75 for each Open Class entry.

Athlete Check-in

  • Empire State Winter Games athlete check-in will take place in Lake Placid at a place and at the times designated by the organizing committee and announced on the ESWG website. This is where you will receive your ESWG athlete gift and goodie bag. You are not required to check-in here before you head to the mountain but it is recommended to get choice of your size for the athlete gift.
  • Training and Competition day check-in for Ski Cross and Snowboard Cross is at Whiteface Mountain (Wilmington, NY) in the NYSEF Uiehlein Training Center, which is the log building just uphill from the main lodge. Discounted lift tickets for training day will be available for those who do not hold a pass. Competition day lift tickets are included with registration.


The NYSEF Uiehlein Training Center opens at 7:30 a.m. daily and lifts begin running at 8:30 a.m. Practice and competition day training/warm-up times TBD based on field size and will be posted in advance on the Empire State Winter Games website.