Ski Magazine: Head North for Skiing Solitude in Sault Ste. Marie

Head North for Skiing Solitude in Sault Ste. Marie

The adventure capital of Ontario is the perfect ski destination for anyone looking to escape the crowds and get lost in fresh powder

Step aside, Rocky Mountains. Other regions offer ski towns that pack the amenities without the crowds. Look just across the U.S.-Canada border, beyond the northeast end of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, to Sault Ste. Marie. The adventure capital of Ontario boasts fun resort runs, an accessible ski program, groomed nordic trails, backcountry terrain, and piles of snow (courtesy of the adjacent Great Lakes). Whether you’re traveling from near or far, winter in Sault Ste. Marie has the solitude and powder every skier is chasing—along with excellent accommodations and places to dine. But take it from the residents who know the area best. We asked three local skiers to explain why Sault Ste. Marie is the ideal destination for your upcoming ski vacation.

Ski the Lake Effect

Outside: What’s special about skiing at nearby Searchmont Resort?

Robbie Andison, Canadian Ski Team alumSearchmont and the backcountry surrounding it is such a special, untouched area of Ontario. The lake-effect snow mixed with the cold winters provide such a great base. And it allows visitors and locals to find some fresh powder whenever they want.

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