The Games

The Empire State Winter Games (ESWG) is a community-driven event that celebrates athletes, winter, and the Adirondacks. With three days of competitions, an opening ceremony, and a 700-mile torch relay, the ESWG is a destination event for the whole family!

From Friday – Sunday, athletes from ages 8-80 will compete in 25 winter sports, including sliding sports, figure skating, sled hockey, winter bike, and more!

The Torch Relay kicks off the week before the opening ceremony. There are two legs of the relay, one starting from Buffalo and the other from New York City. The two routes will culminate in Lake Placid for the opening ceremony, where the athlete of the year will light the cauldron to kick off the Games.

Medaling ceremonies, athlete interviews, hot chocolate, and s’mores? Say no more! Don’t miss out on the athlete village during the Games. Our famous Emcee from Across the Sea will be there all day, ready to say hi.

More information will be available as we prepare for the 2025 Games!