Holiday Valley Resort is slated to be part of a four-decade tradition in New York state this winter as the host of a party for a state-wide winter sports competition.

Holiday Valley will host the Empire State Winter Games Buffalo torch relay send-off party on Sunday, Jan. 27 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Training Center. 

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. 

A torch relay is used to kick-off the beginning of the Empire State Winter Games. Two torches will travel across New York state, each on separate routes for five days, one beginning in NYC and the other in Buffalo. 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. 

Anyone wishing to attend the send-off party at Holiday Valley is welcome. Admission is free.

For more information about the Empire State Winter Games and the torch relay, visit

Skiers and snowboarders wishing to compete in Ski Cross or Snowboard Cross Empire State Winter Games events can contact ESWG sports coordinator Mike Kirchner at to register.