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When Winter Comes…

There is a lot of fun to be had in Sault Ste. Marie’s winter months! Take four months of great snow, mix well with a wide range of activities, and the result is a winter getaway that is hard to beat! Accommodations and restaurants are plentiful, rates are economical, and you’ll find plenty of outlets for rentals, accessories, services, clothing, and all of the necessary items that guarantee a great vacation. Take a look at the activities below to plan your winter getaway, and be sure to check our calendar of events for the latest on other great wintertime events!

Preparing for Outdoor Winter Weather: Always make sure you are prepared for our winter weather. It can be dangerous if you’re not prepared for the sudden weather changes we experience here in Sault Ste. Marie.

Preparing for Safe Winter Travel: The Michigan State Police report road condition to assist in preparing for inclement weather.

Snowmobiling 

The most fast-paced excitement available in the Sault is definitely snowmobiling. With hundreds of miles of trails, the Soo is truly a snowmobiling heaven. Click the links below for additional information:

Hockey

Living in snowy weather for nearly half of the year means our residents become very proficient at winter sports. The most popular of these sports is, without a doubt, hockey. Whether it’s playing or just watching, the Soo is home to some of the finest hockey excitement anywhere. Click the links below for game schedules:

Soo Hockey

Sledding and Tubing

Brady Park

  • Located on Historic Water StreetSault Seal Recreation Area in Sault Ste. Marie, MI
  • No Schedule
  • No Lights
  • Free of Charge

Sault Seal Recreation Area – Heated Chalet and Concessions On-Site!

Chalet Phone: (906) 635-6961
Parks and Recreation Office: (906) 632-5768

  • Located at 2601 Minneapolis St. (east of M-129)
  • Season Varies Due to Snowfall
  • Call 2 Weeks Prior to Book Hill for Groups
  • Schedule:
    • Tuesday-Friday: 3:00 pm-9:00 pm
    • Saturday and Sunday: 12:00 pm-9:00 pm
  • Various Other Activities Permitted: Skiing, Snowboarding, Cross-Country Skiing,
    • Sledding – 60 Foot Vertical Drop. No lift is provided.
    • Tubing – 7 Runs with Two Lit Lifts for Night Use 

Ice Skating

Chi Mukwa (Big Bear)

Telephone: (906) 635-4758Pullar Stadium

Address: 2 Ice Circle

  • Skate Rentals Available
  • Olympic Ice Rink (100 x 200 feet / 20,000 sq. ft.)
  • NHL Ice Rink (85 x 200 feet / 17,000 sq. ft.)
  • 10 Team Locker Rooms
  • Pro-Shop
  • Concession Stand
  • Skate Rentals are Available

Pullar Stadium

Telephone: (906) 632-5768

Address: 435 East Portage Avenue

  • Please Call for Skating Hours

Taffy Abel Arena in the Norris Center (Lake Superior State University) 

Telephone: (906) 635-2602

Address: 1000 Meridian St.

Drop-in Hockey: Monday-Thursday: 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
Open Skating: Monday/Wednesday: 10:30 am-11:00 am; Tuesday/Thursday: 11:00 am-12:00 pm
Fee: $5.00 per person. Pay at Norris Center Guest Information Desk. Times are subject to change based on ice availability and ice maintenance needs. 

Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing

Check out this Informational Video on these activities!Cross Country Skiing

Algonquin Ski Trail

  • Located at W. 16th Avenue in Sault Ste Marie
  • Approximately 9 Miles of Groomed Trail
  • Lit for Night Use

Chi Mukwa (Big Bear)

Telephone: (906) 635-7465

  • 1.4 Mile Trail Through a Wooded Area
  • Snow Shoe Rentals are Available
  • Not Lit for Night Use

Sault Seal Recreation Area – Heated Chalet and Concessions are On-Site! 

Chalet Phone: (906) 635-6961
Parks & Recreation Office: (906) 632-5768

  • Located at 2601 Minneapolis St. (east of M-129)
  • Season Varies Due to Snow Fall
  • Schedule:
    • Tuesday-Friday: 3:00 pm-9:00 pm
    • Saturday and Sunday: 12:00 pm-9:00 pm
  • Various Other Activities Permitted: Tubing, Sledding, Skiing, Snowboarding
  • The Cross-Country Ski Trail Is Not Lit for Night Use

Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding

Canada’s Searchmont Ski ResortSnowboading

  • Located 30 Miles North of Sault Ste. Marie, MI
  • Only Midwest Ski Resort Actually Located on a Mountain
  • Diverse Terrain
  • 18 Runs
  • Largest Vertical Drop: 750 Feet

Sault Seal Recreation Area – Heated Chalet and Concessions on Site! 

Chalet Phone: (906) 635-6961
Parks & Recreation Office: (906) 632-5768

  • Located at 2601 Minneapolis St. (east of M-129)
  • Season Varies Due to Snow Fall
  • Call 2 Weeks Prior to Book Hill for Groups
  • Schedule:
    • Tuesday-Friday: 3:00 pm-9:00 pm
    • Saturday and Sunday: 12:00 pm-9:00 pm
  • Various Other Activities are Permitted: Sledding, Tubing, Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing
    • Downhill Skiing/Snowboarding – 80 Foot Vertical Drop, 1,000 Foot Run with Lights for Night Use

Swimming

Norris Center Pool (Lake Superior State University)

Telephone: (906) 635-2602

Address: 1000 Meridian St.

  • Please call for swimming schedule.

*Closed Monday-Friday from 10:00 am-12:00 pm for cleaning.

Fitness and Weight Training 

Telephone: (906) 253-0000

Address: 4422 I-75 Business Spur

Arbuckle Student Activity Center (Lake Superior State University)LSSU Student Activity Center

Telephone: (906) 635-6961

  • Day Passes are Available
  • Workout and Weight Training Facilities are Available
  • Racquetball Courts are Available
  • Dance Studio is Available by Calling Ahead
  • Rock Climbing Wall is Available

Chi Mukwa (Big Bear) All-in-One Fitness Club

Telephone: (906) 635-4935

Address: 2 Ice Circle

  • Schedule:
    Regular Hours: (Labor Day through Memorial Day)
    Monday–Friday: 5:00 am-9:00 pm
    Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
    Summer Hours:
    Monday–Friday: 5:00 am-9:00 pm
    Saturday: CLOSED ALL DAY
    Sunday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Call Ahead for a Day Pass
  • Workout and Weight Training Facilities are Available
  • Aerobic Workout Classes are Available
  • Indoor Walking Track is Free of Charge

Northern Life Yoga Studio

Telephone: (906) 253-9644

Address: 529 Court St.

UP North Nutrition and Gym 906

Telephone: (906) 259-7085

Address: 327 Ashmun St.