Experience winter in Detroit City like never before at Winter Blast.  The Meridian Winter Blast Winter Experience includes the Buick Snow Slide, impressive ice sculptures in the Flagstar Bank Ice Garden, professional and amateur skating demonstrations courtesy of Quicken Loans, Meridian Health Plan sponsored snow-shoeing, free skating on Campus Martius Rink sponsored by St. John Providence Health System, Marshmallow Roasting courtesy of GalaxE.Solutions and much more.  Don't miss it!

The Buick Snow Slide

Winter Blast announces the return of the snow slide!  The coveted attraction is returning this year and will be as exciting as ever, thanks to Buick. The Buick Snow Slide will tower 30 ft. in the air and feature three lanes traveling 200 ft. in seven seconds, offering a thrill for all ages.  Snow Slide Rides are $3.


Free Skating presented by St. John Providence Health System

There's only one weekend you can skate for free at Campus Martius Park- Winter Blast Weekend!  Rental skates are $3.  Free Skating is sponsored by St. John Providence Health System.






Meridian Health Plan Snowshoeing

Thanks to Meridian Health Plan, snowshoes are available for free at Winter Blast in a variety of sizes for children and adults.  Experience this fun, outdoor activity with the whole family!  Snowshoeing takes place in Cadillac Square.  




Flagstar Bank Ice Garden

Beautifully carved and lighted ice sculptures again will be on display in the Flagstar Bank Ice Garden. Visitors can snap photos of their family and friends on one of two ornately crafted ice chairs, or even the ice bench.  Or, visitors can swing by the sculpture of an Eskimo family and pose in any of the four open faces for memorable pictures. On-site ice carving demonstrations will take place during festival hours on Friday to showcase the creativity and talent of local carvers. Located in Cadillac Square.




Marshmallow Roasting 

The popular marshmallow roasting brazarios are back.  Purchase a marshmallow or s'more kit and huddle around the fire roasting marshmallows!  A fun activity for children and adults alike.  The brazarios are located just outside the Atrium at Compuware World Headquarters.



Dogsledding Exhibitions

Returning this year to lead the dog sled exhibitions will be Amanda Vogel, sled racer and Michigan native. She and the Snomad Racing Sled Dogs will give festivalgoers an authentic winter experience. Originally from Bay City, Vogel has been training and racing sled dogs for nearly 10 years and is excited for the opportunity to make her fifth appearance at the festival. The Snomad Racing Sled Dogs travel the U.S. and Canada to race other teams and to enjoy the various trails, towns and terrain.

2014 Dog Sled Performance Schedule

Friday, February 7th

11:30 am, 2:00 pm, 5:00 pm, 8:00 pm

Saturday, February 8th

12:00 noon, 3:00 pm, 6:00 pm, 9:00 pm

Sunday, February 9th

12:00 noon, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm


Ice Skating Exhibitions 

Local professional and amateur figure skaters will be showcased as part of the Ice Skating Exhibitions presented by Quicken Loans.  Anchored by the incredible Detroit Skating Club, this years demos include the following:


8PM Skate Company


12PM Detroit Skating Club
2PM Detroit Skating Club
4PM Detroit Skating Club
8PM Detroit Skating Club


12PM Creative Edge Ice Theatre
2PM New Edge Figure Skating Club
6PM Compuware Sports Arena