Inspired by the International Olympic Games, the inaugural Empire State Games took place at Syracuse University in 1978. The competitive events mirrored those of the Olympic Summer Games and NY was the first state to organize & hold such a competition.
The Empire State Winter Games came into being not long afterwards and benefited from the marvelous facilities created in the Lake Placid area for the 1980 Winter Olympic Games.
The Empire State Games has stood the test of time for almost 40 years now and many other states have adopted what NY started. Participation has grown to include competitors from all walks of life…juniors, seniors, students, adults, adaptive/physically-challenged…athletes of all ages and abilities can now experience the joy of competition & being part of something special.
Approximately 1600 athletes took part in the 2015 Winter Games and in 2016 that number is projected to grow to over 1800. As these games grow, it becomes important that the venues where they can take place grow as well. It has been determined that the slopes of Titus are ideal for the SlopeStyle and Big Air competitions that skiers & snowboarders will engage in. Accordingly, we will be hosting those events during the first week of February.
SlopeStyle is a sport in which athletes ski or snowboard down a course including a variety of obstacles including rails, jumps and other features. Points are scored for amplitude, originality and quality of tricks. The discipline has its roots in action sports like skateboarding and BMX and has very successfully crossed over into the snow sports world. SlopeStyle tricks fall mainly into four categories: spins, grinds, grabs and flips.
Big Air requires competitors to achieve substantial altitude by launching from large, specially-designed jumps. Once in the air, aerialists perform multiple flips and twists before landing. Big Air is a judged sport, and competitors receive a score based on jump takeoff (20%), jump form (50%) and landing (30%). A degree of difficulty (DD) is then factored in for a total score. Skiers are judged on a cumulative score of two jumps. This is a popular spectator sport because the performances of top aerialists are truly breathtaking.
We are honored to be given the opportunity to do this and we are busily preparing. So far, we’ve produced over 1,000,000 cubic yards of man-made snow for the large jumps and features that will be required. We’d love to have some more help from Mother Nature…but we’re not waiting around for her to get in the mood…the show must go on!
Plan a visit to Titus and jump on Chair IV. Do an aerial inspection of what we’re creating. You’ll be amazed…we’ve NEVER looked like this!
More information can be found at Empire State Winter Games and ESWG-Facebook
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