The 2015 Empire State Winter Games begin this Tuesday, February 3rd with the torch run and continue through Sunday, February 8th. For more than 34 years, the Games have brought together athletes from across the State and beyond to compete in 19 winter sports. The 2014 Games included over 1400 participants of all ages, including master divisions.
There will be an Opening Ceremony Feb. 5 at 6 PM in the 1980 Herb Brooks Arena, with the keynote address delivered by 1994 figure skating Olympian Karen Courtland-Kelly.
Sport competitions include: Adaptive Alpine, Adaptive Biathlon, Adaptive Cross Country, Adaptive Freestyle, Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Bobsled, Cross Country, Figure Skating, Freestyle, Luge, Nordic Combined, Skeleton, Ski Jumping, Ski Orienteering, Snowshoeing, Speed Skating, Squirt Hockey and Women’s Ice Hockey.
The Empire State Winter Games is a community-driven event, courtesy of a partnership between the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST), the Towns of North Elba, Wilmington, Tupper Lake, Harrietstown, Brighton; Villages of Lake Placid, Tupper and Saranac Lake; the counties of Essex and Franklin; the NYS Olympic Regional Development Authority, and State Senator Betty Little.
Northwoods Inn is just a short a walk away from the Herb Brooks Arena, Speed Skating Oval and Lake Placid Conference Center and a quick drive to most event venues. It’s the perfect place to stay during the Empire State Winter Games.