- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 2, 2015

MALONE, N.Y. (AP) - The Empire State Winter Games are changing with the times.

Say hello to slope-style for skiers and snowboarders, winter bike enduro, and winter bike cross.

The new events will be part of the 2016 Empire State Winter Games Feb. 4-7. Games officials made the announcement Tuesday, and for the first time in the event’s 36-year history, Canadians are invited to compete.

Among traditional winter events are figure skating, speed skating, hockey, alpine skiing, and biathlon.

Competition will be held in the Lake Placid, Wilmington, Tupper Lake and Paul Smiths region, with Titus Mountain and Mount Pisgah in Saranac Lake hosting the new events.



Organizers expect some 1,700 athletes in 23 sports. In addition, $12,000 will be awarded to open-class medal winners in non-sanctioned events.

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