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Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

Reporter: SaultSteMarie
Trail Conditions: Poor
Snow Cover: Base is 0 inches
Date of Report: December 12, 2017
Area Report:

A couple more inches of snow Monday in the Soo and west.

Sat. – Packed and groomed Trail #8 from Soo to Naomikong, where we end and Paradise takes over. Good snow all the way with some water puddles and clearing a few blow downs.  Cold temps are called for so it should freeze nicely.  Nothing groomed in town or Kinross as lots of water.

Gates are not open going south or on the Spile Dam Trail.

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February 1, help us break the Guinness record for the longest snowmobile parade.

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.

If you are staying in the Sault, please look at our list of supporters on our web page and give them your business.  Please do that in all towns you visit. The grooming entities are all made up of volunteers who want you to support those who support us!

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. 10 inches of snow compresses to less than an inch on the trail.

Sault Ste. Marie to Brimley, Trail #8 –

Base 0 – 2 inches -Trail is in poor condition.  

Brimley to Raco, Trail #8 –

Base 0 – 2 inches -Trail is in poor condition. 

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 0 – 2 inches – Trail is in poor 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 & 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 20 mph, 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 – 1 inches – Trail is in poor condition.

Make sure you follow reroute once you cross bridge going south at 7 Mile Road.

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 – 1 inches – Trail is in poor condition.

Kinross to Raco & Rudyard, Parts of trail #472 & #480 –

Base 0 – 1inches – Trail is in poor condition.  Watch for reroute signs just west of Kinross.  Road shoulders bare.

The Downtown Trail is signed but snow and barrels on Portage Ave bridge have been removed! 

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World Record Attempt

Snowmobiling season is still months away, but it is time to sign up for a world record attempt right now!

On February 1st, 2018, come to Sault Ste. Marie to help us try to break the world record for the largest snowmobile parade! We need at least 1,048 snowmobiles on February 1, 2018, the Thursday before the 50th Annual International 500 Snowmobile Race.

The $5.00 registration fee per sled is used to cover the costs incurred to break the record.

All snowmobile operators must have a valid driver’s license and a registered sled.

For more information – and to sign up – follow this link:

Snowmobiling Information


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.