About the SSMSA...
The volunteers and businesses and families
that make up the Sault Ste. Marie Snowmobile
Association (SSMSA) are proud of the part they play in keeping the Sault area snowmobile trail system among
the best and most beautiful in the Midwest. A non-profit, 501.c.3 organization,
SSMSA operates 4 trail groomers 7 days a week during the peak riding season. Skilled volunteer groomer drivers put in long and mostly late
hours making sure visitor and resident snowmobilers alike
have smooth trails to enjoy all winter long.
Responsible for grooming, brushing and signing 100 miles of snowmobile
trails in the city of Sault Ste. Marie and surrounding area, SSMSA maintains
trails that go through Brimley and Raco to the west, and Kinross to the south. Sault
area trails connect riders to Newberry, Paradise, Strongs, Pickford, Cedarville, and St. Ignace---sledders
can ride the entire Eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan and beyond, starting from an SSMSA groomed
trail. In fact you can start in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and ride to Alaska on a snowmobile, as the MichCanSka riders proved in February of 2010!
Offseason doesn't mean idle time for
the board of directors and club members. In the spring and summer it's time to catch up on
machine and building maintenance and then it's back to the trails in the fall for preseason brushing
and signing. In November SSMSA holds DNRE accredited Snowmobile Safety Training for area youth age 12 and up.
It’s not all work and no play however. Association members
meet for monthly Dinner/General Meetings held either at the clubhouse or a member business. And the Radar Run is an exciting opportunity to find out what you and your machine can do!
SSMSA is a partner with, and member of, the
Eastern Upper Peninsula Snowmobile Council and the Michigan Snowmobile Association, sharing their missions to develop a common appreciation, understanding, and knowledge of our favorite
winter time family recreation.
The SSMSA Clubhouse and Groomer Barn is fully heated
with a large shop for repair and housing of equipment. There's space enough to hold safety training classes
for up to 50 youngsters. The meeting/kitchen area is where land owner dinners, board meetings and other club functions
are held. The facility is barrier-free and has separate restrooms for men and women.
SSMSA's Groomer Barn & Clubhouse
located on 1205 W. 9th Street in
Sault Ste. Marie
To whom it may concern:
My wife and I were in town
this past weekend for the MSA Ride-in. It's no secret that this winter has had a lack of snow over most of the state
and we were skeptical as to what the Sault trail conditions would be like -- to the extent that we even considered coming
without our sleds. We did not want to completely cancel our trip, as last year's Ride-in was canceled because of low
snow and we did not want to miss seeing friends for a second straight year. So we brought our sleds and did indeed ride.
We thought we would be riding mud and snirt, but your trails surpassed our wildest dreams.
Yes, they were thinner than
normal with snow (is there ever really enough?), but they were 99% white and FLAT. I don't know how you did just a great
job with conditions this "winter" has presented, but our hat is off to you! This weekend was some of the best
riding we've done all year, and that includes a several day trip to the Keweenaw. Once again, great job and thanks so
much for your efforts.
Hazel Park, MI