Winter enthusiasts are invited to take part in the annual fundraiser at the Hiawatha Highlands to raise funds for Sault Area Hospital

Winter enthusiasts in Sault Ste. Marie are invited to take part in the annual Ski the Trails fundraiser for the Sault Area Hospital Foundation.

Whether you ski, snowshoe or ride a fatbike, head to the Hiawatha Highlands on Feb. 26 and challenge your skills while raising funds for the local hospital.

To be eligible for the event, participants are encouraged to sign up for the fundraiser and collect a minimum of $50 in pledges for the Sault Area Hospital Foundation.

All proceeds will go towards the purchase of medical equipment for Sault Area Hospital.

For more information, read the news release below:

Looking for some fun in the snow? Winter enthusiasts rejoice! It’s time for the “Ski the Trails.” Join us at Hiawatha Highlands on Sunday, Feb. 26 for the annual winter fundraiser in support of the Sault Area Hospital Foundation.

How far can you ski, snowshoe or ride your fatbike in one morning? Challenge yourself while you raise funds for our local hospital. To join the fun, collect a minimum of $50 in pledges for the Sault Area Hospital Foundation. Participants of all ages and levels can register and donate online by visiting this website. 

Spearheaded by two avid skiers, Dr. Phil Dopp and Dr. James Curran, this event has raised over $150,000 for the Sault Area Hospital Foundation. This year, Dr. Joseph Reich has stepped in as the physician ambassador to continue the tradition of a fun day on the trails. All proceeds raised from the event go towards purchasing medical equipment for Sault Area Hospital.

“I’ve participated in this event throughout the years and am happy to ski together with SAH physicians and continue the great tradition started by Dr. Curran and Dr. Dopp,” Reich said.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. in the Kinsmen Centre. Participants can check in and receive their brunch ticket, and top fundraisers will also receive an awesome Sauce ski hat. The first 50 fundraisers who collect $150 in pledges are eligible. New this year: be sure to check out the warming station at the Pinder trailhead and enjoy hot chocolate, coffee and a Hogan’s Homestead taffy bar courtesy of Comeault Dwyer Advisory Group.

After a morning on the trails, join us for a pancake brunch at Algoma’s Water Tower Inn, which also includes a pass to the Club Cabana Aqua Spa facilities to enjoy a swim, hot tub or sauna. For guests choosing to attend the brunch only, the fee is $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12 years of age.

“This year, we are excited to welcome international students from Algoma University and introduce them to beautiful Hiawatha Highlands and this great fundraiser,” said Teresa Martone, executive director of theSault Area Hospital Foundation. “Events like these raise funds to purchase essential medical equipment needed at Sault Area Hospital.”

Thanks to our generous sponsors: RBC Securities – Comeault Dwyer Advisory Group, n1 Solutions, SooToday, Floreani, O’Toole Orthodontists Algoma Bicycle Company, PUC, Family Dentistry on Bay and Velorution. This event would not be possible without the partnership of the Soo Finnish Nordic Ski Club and Hiawatha Highlands.

Additional information about this event can be found here, as well as on the Sault Area Hospital Foundation’s Facebook page.

For any other inquiries, feel free to contact Tasha Varpio at the Sault Area Hospital Foundation at 705-759-3848 or va[email protected]. Thank you, and we’ll see you out on the trails!

About Sault Area Hospital Foundation

For over 40 years, Sault Area Hospital Foundation (SAHF) and its predecessors have raised funds and inspired community support for local healthcare. Local dollars given to SAHF are saving local lives every day, purchasing medical equipment and ensuring Sault Area Hospital is able to provide outstanding care close to home.


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