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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 10    Month: Dec | Nov | Oct
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!
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(Will Andresen)
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Evening
Grooming Scheduling 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]
We plan to open Friday at 9 AM for skiing; it will be a thin base with some bare spots but skiable ...not what we are used to for this time of year. We are planning to open about 10-20 km of trails depending on what Thursday temps do to the base. We have been grooming for the last several weeks, packing and freezing the base. The conditions require rock skis, because of the soft thin base.
(Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
Friday, November 20, 2020
Evening
Grooming 
[ Trails: Closed, Rock skis ]
We have groomed the base loops multiple times. Some of us locals and property owners have skied them, temps got warm and some stretches melted. Tonight's trail inspection found the trail is frozen again. We do need more snow for safe early season skiing. The forecast is looking like we may see snow soon, hope to open soon for skiing. Ski Shop Sale tomorrow Saturday 10-3.
(Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
Sunday, November 15, 2020
Evening
Grooming Observation Scheduling 
[ Trails: Closed, Rock skis ]
The forecast was 3 inches of snow but we currently have Lake Effect Snow at 8 inches! I am just coming in from packing the main trails and they are looking decent. We need to freeze down the ground so the 8 inches of snow doesn't insulate it. Grooming plans: Looks like cold temps (below freezing) till mid-week so we'll pack the main trails again, tweak signage, and clear new blow downs, watch the weather and regroom and open as we are able to. We will go thru the weekend with our Saturday Nov 21st Ski Sale again but expect no safe skiing conditions to be open. Sidenote: Our Ski Shop Sale went well! I was very concerned on our COVID protocol. Thank you to our customers for cooperating and putting all of our staff at ease. It was very fun to see our winter friends and meet some new customers and pass holders!
(Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
Sunday, October 25, 2020
Afternoon
Grooming Scheduling 
[ Trails: Closed, Rock skis ]
The snow is here, we have been packing and grooming to freeze the ground. We do not expect to open this weekend or next weekend, but we are ready with the trails, mowing is complete, snowmobiles, UTVs and PBS are serviced and all working. Ski Shop staff is working on prepping for the Nov 7 or 14th sale. We hope for an early to mid November opening.
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(Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)