Ski the Trails!


It’s time to Ski the Trails! On Sunday, February 8th, avid and recreational skiers will gather at Hiawatha Highlands in support of healthcare in their community. There are a few additions to this year’s event, now in its fourth year. Registration and pledge collecting can now be completed online.

This site ( allows participants to register as an individual or team, which generates a webpage to fundraise from. The participant can then share this page with friends, family and through social media and email to reach their fundraising goal. Donors will receive their tax receipt instantly through email. Individuals are asked to raise a minimum of $50 while Teams (max 3 people per team) are asked to raise a minimum of $100. Also, new to this year’s event is the option to snowshoe special trails at Hiawatha Highlands.

This alternative allows non-skiers to participate in the festivities. For every $100 in donations collected, individuals or teams will be entered into the grand prize draws featuring great prizes from BMO Nesbitt Burns, Velorution and Algoma Bicycle Co. Other prizes are donated from Duke of Windsor and Jade Wellness Studio.
The event is non-competitive but provides the more avid skier the challenge of taking on all 34km of trails offered. Last year 40 skiers participated, raising over $21,000. Co-Chairs Dr. Phil Dopp and Dr. James Curran established this event to support the Sault Area Hospital Foundation (SAHF) in their mission to purchase essential medical equipment for patient care; but it also gave them a platform to stay active and enjoying the great outdoor scenery of Hiawatha Highlands. They hope that with the addition of snowshoeing and the new online pledge gathering site, this event will grow even larger.

Scotiabank, as the presenting sponsor, will be matching pledges up to $5,000. Scotiabank employees will also be present at the event, donating their time to help register participants and calculate pledges. Other sponsors include Elgie Builders and The Medicine Shoppe (Doctor’s Building) and of course our venue sponsors Hiawatha Highlands and Soo Finnish Nordic Ski Club.

From 10am – 2pm, there will be a Ski the Trails pancake breakfast at the Sugar Shack (1100 Fifth Line E.) supported by the Kiwanis Club of Sault Ste. Marie. All participating skiers will receive a breakfast
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