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Trail Report: Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan – February 13, 2017

Trail Conditions: Excellent
Snow Cover: 5" Base
Date of Report: February 13, 2017
Area Report:

Sault Ste. Marie to Brimley, Trail #8 –

Base 3- 6 inches -Trail is in good to excellent Condition. 

Brimley to Raco, Trail #8 –

Base 3 – 7 inches -Trail is in excellent Condition.  Trail going west off M-221 is moved to south of street as building roof next to road collapsed and county closed road.

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 3 – 7 inches – Trail is in Excellent Condition.

Sault Ste. Marie City Trail, Trails #497, #449, parts of #8 & #49 –

Base 3- 6 inches – Trail is in good condition.  Wet areas by casino are frozen and groomed.

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 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 2-  5 inches – Trail is in Good to excellent Condition.  The wet area just south of Soo on powerline is frozen and groomed.  Make sure you follow reroute once you cross bridge going south at 7 Mile road.  Wet areas reopened up

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 2- 6  inches – Trail in  Good to excellent condition.  Watch for trucks on trail.

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

Base 3 – 5 inches – Trail in good to excellent Condition.  Watch for reroute signs just west of Kinross.  Portion to Rudyard in good condition.

The Downtown Trail is signed and cones up Portage Ave!  Big frozen snow banks, left from the big warm up, are hindering grooming parts of the route, but streets adjacent are open to sleds.


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 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.  6 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.


Online Safety Course 

Local Safety Course 

Snowmobile Information:

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.