State Winter Games

Weather Postpones State Winter Games to Jan. 29-31

Winter Games Torch Exchange

Jimmie Johnson and Jeremy Thompson
reach the base of the hill with the Flame
of Hope while Cincinnati Ski Club
members post the colors.

Projected weather for the original dates of the 2017 State Winter Games has forced the postponement of the event from Jan. 22-24 to Jan. 29-31.

More than 100 Special Olympics athletes will take to the slopes at Perfect North Slopes in Lawrenceburg, Ind. Athletes will compete in alpine skiing and snowshoeing over the three days.

Activities get underway on Sunday, Jan. 29, with an optional practice for skiers in the afternoon. On Sunday evening the Opening Ceremonies will officially kick off the Games with the parade of athletes and the skiing of the Flame of Hope down the Perfect North Slopes hillside to the Special Olympics cauldron.

Monday is a day of practice followed by time trials. In the morning, skiers will be paired with volunteer ski partners to get reacclimated to being on the snow and to improve their skills. Snowshoers will have access to their course to once again get used to running on the snow. That afternoon, athletes will participate in time trials on their courses to set up divisioning for Tuesday’s races.

Monday night, athletes will take part in the annual victory dinner and dance in the East Lodge at Perfect North.

Tuesday is race day! Athletes will arrive on Tuesday morning and head straight to their courses for competition. After lunch, awards will be presented in a single awards ceremony in the East Lodge.

Snowshoer Leigh Ann Phelps

Leigh Ann Phelps won gold
in one of 2016’s most exciting snowshoeing races.

The State Winter Games is one of the most unique events on the Special Olympics Kentucky calendar. The participation of ski partners from the Cincinnati Ski Club and other volunteer groups provides one-on-one voluteer to athlete training that is impossible at most other state events.

This is the 37th year for the Special Olympics Kentucky State Winter Games and it marks 20 years for Perfect North Slopes as the host of the Games. The State Winter Games were previously held at Ski Butler in Carrollton before that facility closed.

See Photos from the Winter Games

The State Winter Games is sponsored by year-round partners Texas Roadhouse and the Law Enforcement Torch Run, gold medal sponsors Speedway Childrens Charities Kentucky Chapter and St. Elizabeth Healthcare and supporting sponsors Perfect North Slopes, Kentucky Utilites, KFC and Wendy’s.

For more information about the State Winter Games, including how to compete or volunteer, contact Kim Satterwhite at 502-695-8222 or

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