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State Winter Games
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Wertz Warriors

A Special Olympics Michigan athlete skis during the State Winter Games.

2021 State Winter Games: Cancelled

As Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI) and its local programs across the state continue to navigate a gradual return to activities, the organization has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 State Winter Games. While this decision is extremely disappointing, SOMI athletes and fans can look forward to seeing smaller-scale, high-quality, local sporting events at various locations throughout Michigan this winter. At-home and virtual training and fitness opportunities will also continue to be offered.

The State Winter Games, originally planned for January 26-29 in the Traverse City area, typically sees approximately 900 Special Olympics Michigan athletes compete in six sports including alpine skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, figure skating and speed skating. Unfortunately, at this time, planning to hold a large-scale, multi-day, in-person event that brings together people from nearly every county in Michigan is not feasible. However, the opportunity for SOMI to now focus its efforts more locally is an exciting one, allowing the organization to serve more athletes while also ensuring a safe return to activities for everyone.

We look forward to sharing the exact details for these upcoming local events in the coming months.


Competition & Venues

Snowshoeing & Non-Competition Events

  • Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Healthy Athletes screenings, souvenirs, special events and delegation housing.
  • Snowshoeing: 30M, 50M, 100M, 200M, 400M

Grand Traverse Resort & Spa (100 Grand Traverse Village Blvd., Acme, MI 49610)

Snowshoe Competition Schedule

Snowboarding, Alpine & Cross Country Skiing

  • Snowboarding: Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super Giant Slalom
  • Alpine Skiing: Slalom, Giant Slalom, Downhill
  • Cross Country Skiing: 50M, 100M, 250M, 500M, 1K, 3K, 5K

Schuss Mountain at Shanty Creek Resort (1826 Schuss Mountain Ln., Mancelona, MI 49659)

Snowboard Competition Schedule

Alpine Competition Schedule

Cross Country Competition Schedule

Figure & Speed Skating

  • Figure Skating: Compulsory and Freestyle
  • Speed Skating: 100M, 300M, 500M, 800M

Howe Ice Arena (550 Munson Ave., Traverse City, MI  49686)

Figure Skating Competition Schedule

Speed Skating Competition Schedule

General Schedule

Tuesday, January 26

  • 9:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m.: Nerve Center - GTRS Michigan Ballrooms
  • 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.: Area Director Arrival & Key Pickup - Registration Desk (packet pickup at Nerve Center)
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m.: Area Directors Meeting - GTRS Michigan Ballrooms
  • 2:00-3:00 p.m.: Games Committee Meeting - GTRS Michigan Ballrooms
  • 2:00-4:00 p.m.: Delegation Arrival/Registration - GTRS Front Lobby
  • 3:00 p.m.: Medical Opens - GTRS Michigan Ballrooms
  • 3:00-4:00 p.m.: Volunteer Meeting - GTRS Michigan Ballrooms
  • 3:00-7:00 p.m.: Wertz Warriors Souvenir Sales - GTRS Governors' Hall Prefunction Area
  • 3:00-9:00 p.m.: Souvenir Sales - GTRS Governors' Hall Prefunction Area
  • 4:00-5:00 p.m.: Volunteer Check-in - GTRS Michigan Prefunction Area
  • 4:30-6:30 p.m.: Dinner - GTRS Governors' Hall
  • 5:30-7:30 p.m.: Winter Carnival - GTRS Tower A/B
  • 5:30-7:30 p.m.: Sound Productions Photo booth- Mackinaw BC
  • 5:30-8:00 p.m.: Karaoke - Special Events Area
  • 5:30-8:00 p.m.: Rowing Clinic - Peninsula Rooms ABC
  • 5:30-9:00 p.m.: Broomball - GTRS Grounds
  • 6:00 p.m.: Drop/add and housing corrections due - Nerve Center
  • 7:00-9:00 p.m.: Snow volleyball, ice bowling and ice boccee - GTRS Grounds
  • 7:00-9:00 p.m.: Head Coaches Meetings - GTRS Michigan Ballrooms
    • 7:00 p.m. - Alpine/Snowboarding
    • 7:30 p.m. - Cross Country Skiing
    • 8:00 p.m. - Figure skating/Speed Skating
    • 8:30 p.m. - Snowshoe
  • 7:30-8:30 p.m.: Unified/Regular Tug of War Preliminaries - GTRS Grounds by Tennis Court
  • 9:30-10:00 p.m.: Fire Safety Meeting - Michigan Ballrooms
  • 9:45 p.m.: Medical Team meeting - Michigan Ballrooms
  • 10:00 p.m. - Midnight: Games Committee, Volunteers & SOMI Staff - Tower A/B

State Winter Games Partners

Wertz Warriors

State Winter Games Presenting Partner

High 5ive Foundation

State Winter Games Bronze Medal Partner


Winter Games Bronze Medal

State Winter Games Unified Team Partner

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

State Winter Games Sport Partner

The Art and Mary Schmuckal Family Foundation

Statewide Partners


Statewide Premier Medallion Partner

Real Estate One Charitable Foundation

Statewide Legend Partner


Statewide Victor Partner


Statewide Unified Sports & Victor Partner

Law Enforcement Torch Run®

Statewide Civic Partner

Knights of Columbus

Statewide Civic Partner

Water Warriors

Statewide Civic Partner