The inaugural Titus Mountain Ski Festival combines the excitement of amateur ski racing with family-fun activities on Saturday, Feb. 2. All are welcome to Titus Mountain Family Ski Center in Malone, NY to participate in the Empire State Winter Games downhill ski challenge. It is an opportunity to compete on a world-class stage in one of the largest amateur winter sporting events in the United States.
The competition is available to skiers of all ages and skill levels; there is no pre-qualifier for the event. The ski challenge provides skiers a platform and introduction to alpine skiing. Participants are permitted two runs each race. The best run of two will count for the competition and a chance to medal. Skiers of all ages are encouraged to participate by registering online ahead of Saturday, or onsite that day. After the race, an award ceremony will be held at the base lodge, followed by live music at 5 p.m.
All entrants receive a free Empire State Winter Games T-shirt, s'mores, hot chocolate and hot dogs. Registration costs $15, plus a lift ticket. Pass holders may use their Titus season pass for the day or purchase a discounted lift ticket for $29.
In addition to the ski racing, Titus Mountain will offer to the public free tubing all day, and hot chocolate and s'mores.
The inaugural event is part of the 39th running of the ESWG, presented by Community Bank, N.A.., which will bring the spirit and excitement of traditional and adventure winter sports competition back to New York's Adirondack and North Country regions. From Jan. 31 - Feb. 3, over 2,300 athletes of all ages from across the state and beyond are expected to participate in more than 30 sports, making the Games the largest multisport destination festival in the Northeast.
More about the ESWG:
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, Malone, and Brighton; the villages of Lake Placid, Tupper Lake, Paul Smiths, Malone, Wilmington, and Saranac Lake; the counties of Essex and Franklin; the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority, and New York State Senator Betty Little. Sport venues are located in Lake Placid, Wilmington, Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake, Malone, and Paul Smiths. Venues include: Lake Placid Olympic Center Herb Brooks Arena, Lake Placid Olympic Jumping and Sliding complexes, Mid's Park in Lake Placid, Whiteface Mountain, Paul Smith's College, Paul Smith's College VIC, Saranac Lake Civic Center Ice Rink, Dewey Mountain Recreation Area, Tupper Lake Memorial Civic Center, Olympic Cross Country and Biathlon Center, Titus Mountain, and Mount Pisgah.