Cross Country Skiing
St. Ignace is home to the Sand Dune Cross Country Ski Trail. Just 11 miles west of St. Ignace, seven groomed trails, varying in length from 1.5 to 7.6 miles, offer a skiing experience for every skier from the beginner to the expert. This scenic trail winds through the ancient dunes of Lake Michigan. The trails are groomed for classic style cross country skiing. There is ample parking, and outhouse, and a log warming cabin with a wood stove. The scenery is spectacular and trails are fun for everyone! The Sand Dune Cross Country Ski Trail is part of the Hiawatha National Forest, St. Ignace Ranger District.
Silver Mountain has two downhill runs for beginner and intermediate skiers and snowboarders. Snow tubing for the family is an affordable activity with tube rentals and a tow rope back to the top. A warming chalet and a snack bar make it fun for everyone!
When there’s no snow elsewhere, winter sports enthusiasts look to the U.P. With 200 inches of snowfall yearly in some areas, it’s no wonder! The Hiawatha National Forest, positioned in the “lake effect snow” shadows of Lakes Superior and Michigan, is in the heart of a true winter sports wonderland.
The U.S. Forest Service St. Ignace Ranger Station is located about 7 miles west of St. Ignace on US-2. They have a small network of trails called the Gros Cap Trails.
As well, the North Country Trail system in Mackinac County covers over 40 miles. These trails are not groomed in the winter and make for great snowshoeing!
The Straits Area Snowmobile Club maintains over 100 miles of snowmobile trails in Mackinac County. Visit www.straitsareasnowmobileclub.co to get the latest trail conditions and join their forum/blog!
Hockey and Ice Skating
St. Ignace is home to hockey players and fans of all ages. The local ice arena, Little Bear East Arena and Event Center, provides an indoor ice facility for both skaters and hockey players. The arena hosts hockey and ice skating events from October through March each year. The facility offers skate rental and skate sharpening at a reasonable rate. The City of St. Ignace supports the St. Ignace Youth Hockey Association in order to make it possible for girls and boys from kindergarten through senior high school to play hockey. An outdoor rink is maintained on the ice of Moran Bay right in the downtown area.
Pond Hockey Tournament
Each February, St. Ignace hosts the annual Labatt Blue U.P. Pond Hockey Championships. The tournaments are held over two weekends, one designated for adults and the other for youth. Pond hockey is played on the outdoor rink with no goalies and four-on-four play action.