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Trail Report – : Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan – January 3, 2018

Trail Conditions: Fair
Snow Cover: Base is 2 inches
Date of Report: January 3, 2018
Area Report:

Trail 8, going west of Brimley, is fair.

The groomer was run in town Saturday.

The groomers were run on both the Spile Dam Trail 480 and the Soo to Kinross Trail 49 Friday and Saturday. Good snow on both, but not good enough for a smooth ride yet. Not many wet spots.

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February 1, help break the Guinness World Record for the longest snowmobile parade.

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 our 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!

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 1 – 3 inches – Trail is in fair to good condition. A little bit of water is frozen.  

Brimley to Raco, Trail #8 –

Base 1 – 3 inches -Trail is in fair to good condition. Watch for drifts in open areas.  

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 – 3 inches – Trail is in fair to good condition. No water.

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

Base 1 – 4 inches – Trail is in poor to fair condition. Watch for wet areas; has only been packed twice but they will try again Friday.

We now have a marked 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 1 – 3 inches – Trail is in poor to fair condition.

Lots of wet spots that have not seen the groomer yet. Make sure you follow the reroute once you cross the 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 1- 2 inches – Trail is in poor to fair condition. Watch for trucks on the trail.

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

Base 1 – 4 inches – Trail is in poor condition. Watch for reroute signs just west of Kinross. Water holes and lots of snow. Trail to Rudyard has been groomed, but logging is going on, too.

The Downtown Trail is signed, but snow and barrels on the Portage Ave. Bridge have not been placed yet.

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World Record Attempt

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. The cost is $10.00 if you sign up the day of the event.

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

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