FISU Technical Committee Gets First Look At Whiteface & Gore Mountain Competition Trails


CONTACT: Jon Lundin, FISU Lake Placid 2023 Winter World University Games Head of Communications & Media, ([email protected]) Tel: 518-637-6885

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — The International University Sports Federation’s (FISU) Technical Committee visited Lake Placid and New York State’s North Country region last week to tour Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington, and Gore Mountain in North Creek.

The October 12-14 visit had been planned for March 2020 but was postponed due to COVID travel restrictions. This was the committee’s first chance to tour the ski resorts as they prepare to host the Lake Placid 2023 Winter World University Games’ Alpine, freeski and snowboard competitions.

“Overall, the committee was very pleased with the progress made by both venues,” said Rick Patzke, Lake Placid 2023’s Director of Competition Services. “It was their first opportunity to review the planned competition venues and work on finalizing the competition schedule.”

During the January 12-22, 2023 Winter World University Games, Whiteface Mountain will host the Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super-G and Mixed Parallel Alpine skiing events. Gore Mountain will be the site of the freestyle skiing and freeski events, and snowboard competitions including Ski Cross, Big Air, Slopestyle, Snowboard Cross, Parallel Slalom and Parallel Giant Slalom.

Whiteface Mountain General Manager Aaron Kellett added, “After touring our venues and meeting with some of our staff, I think we all left feeling confident about where we are right now in preparation for the upcoming Games. Both Whiteface and Gore are excited to be a part of the World University Games and look forward to welcoming many of the world’s best collegiate Alpine, freeski and snowboarders.”

The 31st Winter World University Games is a global cultural exchange and multi-winter sports event that will bring together more than 2,500 student-athletes and coaches from 600 universities and 60 nations, competing in 12 sports and 86 events. The Winter World University Games is the single largest collegiate multi-winter sporting event in the world.

The committee also took preliminary tours of both the Lake Placid Olympic Speed Skating Oval and the North Elba Athletic Complex. The speed skating oval will play host to the March 2-5, 2022 FISU World University Championship Speed Skating, while the athletic complex will be the site for the August 24-28 FISU World University Championship Beach Volleyball.

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