St. Ignace is a Winter Wonderland!
Winter is an adventure. One day it snows furiously and blankets the trees and land with white. The next day brings sunshine and a glorious translucent blue sky that fills you with the desire to be outdoors.
Can you hear the swish of your cross country or downhill skis as they cut through the crisp snow? Or feel the warmth of the sunshine on your face as you speed through the woods on your snowmobile?
In the evening enjoy cozy dining, the camaraderie of a northwoods gathering place and accommodations suited to your needs.
Ice fishing, snowmobiling, cross country, downhill skiing and tubing–winter is an adventure in the St. Ignace area.
Little Bear East Ice Arena & Event Center
275 Marquette St.
St. Ignace, MI 49781
Phone: (906) 643-8676
Indoor Skating / Hockey Arena
Open Skate: Monday. Wednesday,& Thursday from 12 Noon to 3pm.
Stick&Puck Schedule: Monday & Wednesday from 3-5:30pm.
Open skate and stick & puck may be available on the weekends when there are no hockey games scheduled. Call to confirm dates and times.
North Country Trail – St. Ignace
This national scenic trail extends from New York to North Dakota. Approximately 35 miles of the trail lies within the St. Ignace District. The trail is for hikers, snowshoes and cross country skiing. No horses, bikes or motorized vehicles are allowed. Phone: (906) 643-7900
Sand Dune Cross Country Ski Trail
11 Miles west of St. Ignace, seven trails varying in length from 1.5 to 7.6 miles offer a challenge for the beginner to the expert.
Phone: (906) 643-7900.
There are also opportunities to snowshoe in this area.
Doc Holle’s Silver Mountain
Doc Holle’s Silver Mountain usually starts in mid-December. Check their Facebook page for updates. https://www.facebook.com/dochollessilvermountain/
Hill hours: Friday from 5-9pm, Saturday & Sunday from Noon-6pm.
Price of lift ticket includes tube rental, $6 for ages 6-17 years, $8 for ages 18 & older. No one under the age of 6 allowed on tubing hill. Warming chalet and snack bar. Snowshoe trail on site. Snowboarding and skiing may be available depending on snow conditions.
Tubing hill available for groups during off hours. We are located at the intersection on Cheeseman Road and US-2. Open late December through mid-March (weather permitting). Call ahead for conditions.
W1931 Cheeseman Road, St. Ignace, MI,49781 ~ 906-643-6083.
St. Ignace is the trailhead to hundreds of miles of groomed snowmobile trails criss-crossing the entire Upper Peninsula. Click here for snowmobile trail conditions. Trails are directly accessed from area motels. For a unique experience, snowmobile across the “Ice Bridge” to Mackinac Island, or follow the trails to the frozen beauty of Tahquamenon Falls State Park. (Travel across the “Ice Bridge” is at your own risk.)
Snowmobile Maintenance Items can be found at:
Lynn Auto/NAPA 906-643-7850
E.U.P. Snowmobile Trail Maps are available for $7.00 (includes S&H). Send a check or money order to: St. Ignace Chamber of Commerce, 560 N. State Street, St. Ignace, MI 49781.
There are other outdoor activities in the winter. You can hike, snowshoe or cross-country ski at the following:
- Straits State Park
- Town Cross Country Ski Trail
- Gros Cap Trail (US Forest Service Office)
- Little Bear East Arena Ice Skating Rink
- Moran Bay/Lake Huron
Don’t forget our annual Pond Hockey Championship and Ice Golf Scramble!