Overview

The Winter World University Games is the largest winter multi-sport collegiate athletic event in the world. University students between the ages of 17 and 25 are eligible to enter. In 2018, Lake Placid was selected to host the 2023 World University Games. New York’s ORDA venues are proud to be hosting this 11-day international festival and competition, as the world united at venues all around the Adirondack Park of New York!

During the Lake Placid 2023 FISU Winter World University Games, Whiteface is open! Training and competition will take place January 12-22 and the event window is January 2-24 as we set up and dismantle the supporting infrastructure.

At Whiteface, you can witness top athletes from around the world competing in events including the Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super-G, Alpine Combined, and Mixed Team Parallel. Due to the high-profile nature of the games, temporary changes to capacity, parking, trails, lifts, lodges, and activities can be expected during these events. We’ve filled this page with details of some of the changes to the Whiteface experience that you can anticipate. This information is subject to changes, please check back for updates!

Parking & Security

From Monday, January 2 – Sunday, January 6, the Premier Parking Lot will be closed to the public, including parking season passholders; paid parking will not be available for purchase.

We will have increased security including bag checks at all entrances. Everyone entering Whiteface Mountain Ski Center must go through a security checkpoint. No outside alcohol or weapons of any sort will be allowed through these checkpoints.

Shuttles will offer convenient access to the Base Lodge.

Reserved Rooms

From January 2-26, the Ausable Room in the Base Lodge will be reserved for the exclusive use of FISU World University Games staff, media, and coaches.

Trails

Upper & Lower Parkway, Upper & Lower Thruway, Parkway Exit, and Draper’s Drop will be open for training and competition only.

Lessons

Plan to arrive extra early, allowing additional time for parking and security checkpoints before you check in for lessons or get fitted for rental equipment.

Event Schedule

Alpine Skiing, one of the most popular downhill disciplines, debuted at the Winter Universiade in Chamonix, France, in 1960. The events, including the Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super-G, Alpine Combined, and Mixed Team Parallel, will be held at Whiteface Mountain, host of Alpine for the 1980 Winter Olympics. Traditionally dominated by Austria, Czechoslovakia, Italy, Switzerland and United States, the Alpine competitions promise to be some of the most exciting of the Games. Events will be held at Whiteface Mountain.

January 12: Official free skiing on Super-G course

January 13: Super-G W/M

January 14: Alpine Combined W

January 15: Alpine Combined M

January 16: Reserve Day

January 17: Giant Slalom W

January 18: Giant Slalom M

January 19: Mixed Team Parallel

January 20: Slalom W

January 21: Slalom M

January 22: Reserve Day

  • Closing Ceremonies in Lake Placid:
    • 7:30pm – 8:00pm
    • Followed by Main Street Festivities