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State Winter Games
presented by
Wertz Warriors

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

January 26-29, 2021

The State Winter Games presented by Wertz Warriors offers a high profile, exciting event for approximately 900 Special Olympics Michigan athletes to showcase their skills in alpine skiing, cross country skiing, figure skating, snowboarding, snowshoeing and speed skating. Events take place in the greater Grand Traverse area.

Winter Games Results

Winter Games Volunteer Guide

Winter Games Booklet (PDF)

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