LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — The Empire State Winter Games are expanding.
A ski and snowboard rail jam with $8,000 in prize money, a winter bike competition and speed tubing for spectators are being added for the 38th edition of the games, which will be staged from Feb. 1-4. The competition is projected to draw a record-breaking 2,500 athletes and have an economic impact of $3.5 million.
An inaugural torch relay from Manhattan to Lake Placid and a re-imaged central village also are part of the expansion.
Community Bank remains a primary sponsor, along with New York state’s I LOVE NY agency, the Olympic Regional Development Authority and Titus Mountain.
Venues are primarily centered in and around Lake Placid but also include Tupper Lake and Malone.