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Top 3 Winter Events to Experience in the Soo

Posted on December 28th, 2016

Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan knows how to have a good time when the temperature drops to freezing! Here are three winter events you should visit Sault Ste. Marie to experience first hand.

1. Downtown Winter Ice Festival is two days of ice carvings and free fun for everyone! The last Friday and Saturday of January (27-28, 2017) watch as professionals use chainsaws, chisels, and blowtorches to sculpt over 40 blocks of ice into works of art.
Downtown Winter Ice FestivalSaturday night will close out the event with ICE WARS at 6:00 pm! Two carvers go head to head creating sculptures the crowd cheers out.
Downtown Winter Ice Festival

2. International 500 Snowmobile Race is a full day of professional snowmobile racers careening at speeds of over 100 miles an hour around an ICE oval track held the first Saturday in February  (4, 2017).
I-500 Snowmobile Race

I-500 buttons will be sold online this year for the first time ever! Be guaranteed to get a spot for the 49th annual race here!
I-500 Snowmobile Race

3. Downtown Outhouse Races are just as crazy as they sound! Watch Saturday, February 18 as racers push their homemade outhouse to victory. There are a few stipulations: the five-person team must have a toilet seat, wiping material, and a team name.
Downtown Outhouse RacesWith a prize of $500 for first place, you could enter for free and clean up the competition with the fastest lap!
Downtown Outhouse Races

These are just the big things going on this winter; there’s always the tubing hill, ice skating, and snowshoeing. Make a winter vacation out of one of these fantastic events with overnight accommodations at one of the Soo hotels. Just because it’s snowing doesn’t mean you have to stay home, come to Sault Ste. Marie!