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ABR
Ironwood, MI
Trail Length: 54k  Maps:    [ Google Maps ]  
Groomed: Skating/Classical    Lighted: N  
Contact: 906-932-3502    Weather: [ NWS ]  
Notes:   ABR is a full service touring center, located on scenic and varied terrain along the Montreal River in Ironwood Michigan. Trailhead cabin, retail ski shop, rentals and lessons available. They have state of the art grooming equipment, including Pisten Bully powertillers, and groom daily. Open at 9 AM daily from November to April 1st.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014  posted: 12/18/2014 6:20:48 PM
Grooming 
  Trails today had super reviews, firm cold dry powder, flat and smooth. We have 5-6 groomers out pretty steady since the 10 inches of new snow getting the trails back in tip top shape. Much of today was spent patching the Highlands up from the thaw and flooding of the Montreal River. The groomers spent some serious calories patching and regrooming today. We hope to have the Highlands added into the mix for Friday or at the latest Saturday. We are skiing 40k of excellent trail conditions.
(Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
Wednesday, December 17, 2014  posted: 12/17/2014 6:47:46 PM
Grooming 
  We are back to excellent skiing with the cold temps and the 8-10 inches of new snow! We are grooming 55k and skiing about 40k today. We hope to be skiing all 70k by the weekend. The warm temps put a lot of water in the Montreal River that is our western boundary. When the river floods it makes slush in a few areas such as Sulos Loop, the Highlands entrance and a 4 foot stretch of Jack Pine. The Highlands entrance is freezing tonight, we packed the Highlands today and it is is great shape other than the entrance. The Sulos section and Jack pine should be frozen by Friday. We are skiing on 40k today that is in excellent shape and can be skied with your best race skis (12 inches of base). He hope to have another 30k open for the weekend!
Photos:  
(Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
Tuesday, December 16, 2014  posted: 12/16/2014 9:29:27 PM
Firsthand 
  Conditions: Great ski conditions still available.
Despite the melt down and rain, there are good ski conditions in Ironwood. With ~100 inches of snow before the warm up, and new snow falling, there is still a deep base so you can safely use good skis. Today, trails had been regroomed early and there was already several inches of new snow on the deck, with snow falling. The melt and rain has lead to flooding in low areas so Sulo's loop and the outer loops accessed by it have not been re groomed.
Photos:  
(Sue Schreoeder)
Tuesday, December 16, 2014  posted: 12/16/2014 8:45:55 PM
Grooming 
  Second shift groomers are just coming in and the trail is looking pristine. We are now grooming and skiing 30 k of trails and we will continue grooming and freezing the other 40 k of lower loops by the river Wednesday. The base is very thick, just a few wet areas and we can get all 70 k open again.
(Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
Tuesday, December 16, 2014  posted: 12/16/2014 6:41:02 PM
Firsthand 
  Conditions: Good.
Trails are back in good shape and getting better as Eric was starting to groom when I left at 4:45 pm. Skating was quite good but slow due to 2-3 inches of new stuff on top of the deck, the same stuff that made the setting gorgeous. I used race skis with no issues. River is very high, so Sulo's trail is closed as well as other trails over marshy area.
(Charlie Dee)

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