Every snowmobile adventure requires one very important element: snow! Averaging more than 120 inches annually, Sault Ste. Marie is a snowmobiler’s dream and the perfect hub from which to explore hundreds of miles of groomed trails across the Eastern Upper Peninsula and beyond.
Connecting a variety of small communities and running through national forests, state forest lands and snow-covered hills and plains across the region, touring the EUP by snowmobile is both exhilarating and awe-inspiring. Watch for the abundant wildlife and be sure to leave time for hearty lunches and dinners at area restaurants and taverns.
Most, but not all, city streets are open to safe snowmobiling and allow riders access to businesses and lodging. A break from the trail is equally exhilarating at Kewadin Casino or in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, where a local brew pub, wineries and restaurants await you. Be sure to put the first Saturday in February on your calendar, when the International 500 snowmobile race brings NASCAR-style excitement to the snowy city.
Snow Cover: 2 Inch Base
Date of Report: March 23, 2017
Trails are in poor shape, except for the Raco area. Grooming is most likely done as of today. We did groom both East and NW of Raco on Trail #8 last night. There will still be lots of snow around Raco for you few die-hards that want to run on USFS roads, but getting into towns will be rough. Big, bare spots are starting to appear in open areas or at some hill crests. In most other trails they will continue to grow in size and number as the weekend progresses. There is no snow on road shoulders.
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We have a newly plowed parking area at the beginning of Trail #8 under the International Bridge, which now has an all-season Porta-John.
If you are staying in the Sault, please look at the list of supporters on our web page and give them your business. Please do that in all the towns you visit. The grooming entities are all made up of volunteers who want you to support those who support us!
We now have a marked trail that will be groomed on occasion to get to parts and service at Chippewa Motors. It comes into the back of their lot from the east side of M-129 when you come out of the woods.
Remember, trail base is the amount of snow between your track and the ground below, not the amount of fluff piled up in the woods. Six inches of snow compresses to less than an inch on the trail.
Sault Ste. Marie to Brimley, Trail #8 –
Base 0 – 3 inches -Trail is in poor to rideable condition.
Brimley to Raco, Trail #8 –
Base 0 – 3 inches -Trail is in poor to fair condition. The trail is back to normal where the collapsed building was. When going across the bridge in Brimley, make sure you go with the flow of traffic! Blowing and drifting occurs when you first leave Brimley.
Raco to Naomikong Trail #8 [where Paradise meets us], Trail #8 –
Base 1 – 4 inches – Trail is in poor to fair condition.
Sault Ste. Marie City Trail, Trails #497, #449, parts of #8 & #49 –
Base 0- 2 inches – Trail is in poor condition.
We now have a marked and groomed trail going to Chippewa Motors. It starts once you come out of the woods east of M-129 off #449. It comes into their parking lot from behind if you need parts or service.
City curfew is from 1 am – 6 am. Remember, most City streets are open to traffic 20mph, stop at all intersections, and ride on the right-hand side of street (not on sidewalks). Watch for closed streets that are posted, mainly around the hospital, university, and state trunk lines.
Sault Ste. Marie to Kinross, Trail #49 –
Base 0 – 3 inches – Trail is in poor condition. Make sure you follow the reroute once you cross the bridge going south at 7 Mile Road. Wet areas have reopened.
When the trail is running along roads, make sure you go with the flow of traffic on the right side of the road.
Kinross loop & south to Pickford, Parts of Trail #49, #472, and #494 –
Base 0 – 3 inches – Trail is in poor condition. Watch for trucks on the trail.
Kinross to Raco & Rudyard, Parts of trail #472 & #480 –
Base 0 – 3 inches – Trail is in poor to fair condition. Watch for reroute signs just west of Kinross. Road shoulders are bare.
The Downtown Trail is signed, but snow and barrels on the Portage Ave. Bridge have been removed!
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Courtesy of the Sault Ste. Marie Snowmobile Association – Groomer Report
- We now have a marked trail that will be groomed on occasion to get to parts and services at Chippewa Motors. It comes into the back of their lot from the east side of M-129 when you come out of the woods.
- Remember, the trail base is the amount of snow between your track and the ground below, not the amount of fluff piled up in the woods. Six inches of snow compresses to less than an inch on the trail.
- We have a new, plowed parking area at the beginning of Trail #8 under the International Bridge, which now has an all-season Porta-John.
Courtesy of the Sault Ste. Marie Snowmobile Association
The Sledder’s Pledge
- I will obey the rules and laws of the state or province I am visiting.
- I will be careful when crossing roads, and always cross at a right angle to traffic.
- I will keep my machine in top shape and follow a pre-op check before each ride.
- I will wear appropriate clothing, including gloves, boots and a helmet with a visor.
- I will let family or friends know my planned route, my destination and my expected arrival time.
- I will treat the outdoors with respect. I will not litter or damage trees or other vegetation.
- I will respect other peoples’ property and rights, and lend a hand when I see someone in need.
- I will not snowmobile where prohibited.