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Ironwood, MI
54K
Skating/Classic
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906-932-3502
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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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Reports 1 to 10 of 14    Month: Dec | Nov | Oct
Friday, December 4, 2020
Evening
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]
We had a great day of early season skiing.  I am just coming in from checking the trails. I plan to regroom about 10 k of trails in the early morning. From what I saw tonight, skiers are skiing on about 15-20 km of trails. I will be up late tonight checking you tube videos to see what the best technique and groomer to use in the morning. Most importantly, we had 150-200 skiers out enjoying the conditions today. Note: Sorry the web cam is down again (not on purpose).
(Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
Thursday, December 3, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]
It’s hard to categorize this as much of the skiing is really good, with some sections of grass poking through and with several short yet completely bare sections you need to walk across. Good skis can be used much of the time, but I’d recommend rock skis for the bare crossings.
(Will Andresen)
Thursday, December 3, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Both 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]
Skied for about 3 hours today scouting out the trails for the weekend. Skiable but very thin base. It is not groomable. It was not icy, and the snow speed was fast, but expect a lot of visible grass and a few bare spots. I used waxless fish scales for classical and could bomb around anywhere. Skating is more limited to River Trail, backwards on Blueberry and Bards Bump, Cherry Dairy combined with Meadow Ridge. The dog trails Rascals Revenge and Spankeys have more snow and could possibly be groomed a bit. Will know more tomorrow.
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(Dale Fanney)
Thursday, December 3, 2020
Afternoon
Grooming Scheduling 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]
Good news, the snow is skiable again for this Friday. The small amounts of snow on our thin base that we left from last weekend is skiable. It is questionable  if B skis or rock skis are the best choice. There are many thin areas but also many with good coverage. I am aware of three stretches (about 20 foot long) where the grass is showing so I will carpet these 3 areas with a white carpet. We plan to have about 10 km open. The pictures show typical conditions in pics 1 [missing] and 2. Pic 3 is one of the 3 grass areas I plan to be carpeted in the morning.
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(Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Morning
Grooming Scheduling 
[ Trails: Closed, Rock skis ]
We are getting nice cold temps at night to keep things frozen. Grooming plans: We are working on a plan to reopen some of the trails we had open last week. Not sure yet how good it will be or how many trails we would reopen Friday Dec 4th at 9 AM.
(Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
Saturday, November 28, 2020
Evening
Grooming Scheduling 
[ Trails: Closed, Rock skis ]
I am just coming in from checking/grooming the trails. There are a few stretches of good snow, however there are too many thin areas and icy areas to stay open until we get more snow. We will be closing the trails tonight and the ski shop and hope to reopen soon.
(Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
Friday, November 27, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]
OK I will let the more scientific trail critics do their thing, but I thought it was super fun skiing! Yes, there are plenty of humpalumps and woozles to dodge and hop, but lots of snowy trail to lose yourself in the woods gliding along. I used race skis (my only skate skis) and no scratches. Tip of the hat to Erik for doing a great job with what they have! Sure beats snow gerbil loops!
(Audun Mikkelson)
Friday, November 27, 2020
Evening
Grooming 
We had a great day of early season skiing on 17.5 km of trail. It has most likely been the thinnest base we have opened with, but with some signage and creative connectors we made it work! Tamarack (from Rock Fence ) downhill is the thinnest, but skiable. We do no have any big hills in the open trails. The Dog Trails Rascal’s and Spanky’s have great cover too, are mostly wooded and shaded and are another 3-4 km. Rudy’s is closed. Tonight it is 22 degrees and a full moon, so it should freeze up well. We will groom as we can tomorrow morning.
(Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
Thursday, November 26, 2020
Evening
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]
I was out on the trails at 3 pm today, they were still too soft to regroom. I put up some markers to redirect early season skiers. We will be out in the early morning to see if we can regroom or let the trail ski as is. The base is for sure thin... but is skiable. With colder temps tonight it should improve for firmness. The trails we are skiing are River Trail with hill bypass, Pit Point backwards with hill bypass, Popple Flats backwards to the gravel road and back two-way Memory Lane, Blueberry to Cold Feet shortcut and Meadow Ridge, Cherry two-way... maybe the loop, Peltonen to the Rockfence cabin then Tamarack and out to Sulos area before shortcutting back on Tamarack and then River and Tamarack. Looks like about 16 km of skiable trails. We are avoiding hills of course with the thin base and we encourage people not to damage the trails with snowplowing a thin base to grass but instead walking down the edge of the gentle hills we have open.
(Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Rock skis ]
Some very good sections mixed in with grass, bare spots and a few rocks. Found a 10k loop of good skiing. Nice to be on snow!
Photos:
(Will Andresen)

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