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Rotary Park is one of the best places to see freighters during winter months as well.

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: The young, and the young at heart should be 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

Snowmobiling is undoubtedly the fastest-paced excitement someone can have in Sault Ste. Marie. With access to hundreds of miles of groomed trails, the Soo is heaven for snowmobilers. 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:

sledding & tubing

Brady Park
Located on Historic Water Street
No Schedule, No Lights, Free of Charge

Sault Seal Recreation Area
Heated Chalet and Concessions On-Site!
Chalet: (906) 635-6961
Parks Office: (906) 632-5768

  • Located at 2601 Minneapolis St. (east of M-129)
  • Call 2 Weeks Prior to Book Hill for Groups See RatesTuesday-Friday: 4:00 pm-8:00 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 1:00 pm-8:00 pm
  • Various Other Activities Permitted: Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Skiing, Sledding. No lift provided.
  • Tubing – 7 Runs with Two Lit Lifts for Night Use

ice skating

Chi Mukwa (Big Bear)
(906) 635-4758
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 and Concession Stand

Pullar Stadium
Call for Hours: (906) 632-5768
435 E. Portage Avenue

Taffy Abel Arena in the Norris Center (LSSU)
(906) 635-2602
1000 Meridian Street
Open Skating: Tuesday, Thursday,  and Friday 11:00am-12:00pm
Drop-In Hockey: Tuesday – Thursday 12:00pm-1:00pm
Fee $4 (Pay at the Norris Events Center Service Desk)

Cross Country Skiing & Snowshoeing

Algonquin Ski Trail
W. 16th Avenue
9mi of groomed trail
Lit at Night time

Chi Mukwa (Big Bear)
(906) 635-7465

Sault Seal Recreation Area – Heated Chalet and Concessions On-Site!
Chalet: (906) 635-6961
Parks 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: 4:00 pm-8:00 pm
    • Saturday and Sunday: 1:00 pm-8:00 pm
  • Various Other Activities Permitted: Tubing, Sledding, Skiing, Snowboarding
  • The Cross-Country Ski Trail Is Not Lit for Night Use

Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding

Canada’s Searchmont Ski Resort

  • 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: (906) 635-6961
Parks 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: 4:00 pm-8:00 pm
    • Saturday and Sunday: 1:00 pm-8:00 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

Fitness & Weight Training

Anytime Fitness – Sault Ste. Marie
(906) 253-0000
4422 I-75 Business Spur

Arbuckle Student Activity Center (Lake Superior State University)
(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
(906) 635-4935
2 Ice Circle

Northern Life Yoga Studio
(906) 253-9644
529 Court St.

UP North Nutrition and Gym 906
(906) 259-7085
327 Ashmun St.

LSSU Student Activity Center