By Kellen M. Quigley
The torch relay for the 39th Empire State Winter Games will make its way to Kissing Bridge on Jan. 28 on its way to Lake Placid for the opening ceremony.
Kissing Bridge Snow Sports will holding a special ceremony for the arrival of the torch at 4 p.m. Monday.
To make it even more special, Kissing Bridge is sending six racers to attend the Alpine events up at White Face, including a number-one-ranked racer, Hannah Goetz, one of the youngest racers to attend the event.
“For our small ski resort, we are all super excited,” said Cathy Goetz.
A torch relay is used to kick-off the beginning of the Empire State Winter Games each year. This year, two torches will travel across New York state, each on separate routes for five days, with one beginning in New York City and the other in the Buffalo area.
Holiday Valley will host a torch relay send-off party from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Training Center.
“If everything works, they’re going to be running up the Holiday Valley Road, hand the torch of to somebody at the Traing Center, will ride up the lift and then ski down Yodeler or Eidlewise and back to the Training Center,” said Jane Eshbaugh, marketing director at Holiday Valley.
The party will begin with the arrival of the torch carried by a snowboarder down the mountain. Complimentary food and drinks will be served in the training center to follow.
The Empire State Winter Games is a multi-day sports event that is used to bring together winter sports athletes from across New York state and beyond.
For 39 years the Empire State Winter Games have offered a platform for more than 2,100 athletes of all ages to compete in over 30 winter sports events. Some events include alpine, luge, bobsled, cross country, hockey and snowboard cross. The games are located in New York’s Adirondacks and take place from Jan. 31 through Feb. 3.
For the Buffalo route, the torch will begin at Holiday Valley before moving to Jamestown, up to Gowanda, over to Yorkshire and then to Kissing bridge Snow Sports in Glendwood before heading to the Buffalo area.
Both torches are scheduled to arrive at their final location in the Adirondacks on Jan. 31 during opening ceremonies to set the stage for the Empire State Winter Games.