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Ironwood, MI
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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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Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Observation Scheduling 
[ Trails: Closed ]
I am just coming from checking trails again and with the steady rain, the trails are melting out in the low areas. I put my arm in the hat and I am not pulling any Rabbits out! We are closed for skiing for the season. It is with deep remorse that we close. It was a great winter with all the challenges we had with late snow, COVID precautions, 2 weeks of cold, but we provided some great skiing and are happy to have made in into our year 27th year -- Thank you all for your support! Season passes and lodging for next year is available over the phone.
(Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Evening
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
We had 5 skiers out this morning, at 10 AM it started to rain. There is still snow on the trails, and the River is rising. We need to see the outcome from tonight and the Thursday morning weather events and temps to see if we can groom and ski Friday. Thursday skiing does not look good. Stay tuned Thursday afternoon reports for skiing on Friday. We are open Thursday with expected poor to fair conditions. If we are able to groom Friday morning we should be back to decent conditions.
(Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Evening
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Another great day of spring skiing. I took the PB out this morning and groomed up about 15 km of trails. I did not see any bare spots on the trails.  Temps were above freezing but the wide combination trails groomed up well. I will try to groom in the morning Wednesday, but it may or may not be  "groomable" ....but will be skiable with the right timing, wax and attitude. We are hoping to be open thru March 21.
(Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
Monday, March 8, 2021
Evening
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
I groomed up about 15 km with the PB this morning, The snow froze hard last night. The trails I groomed this morning were very nice. Other trails groomed yesterday softened by 11 AM. Skiing has been quite good. It is spring skiing at its best. It looks like our base is holding up fine. We hope to keep grooming and skiing till March 21.
(Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
Sunday, March 7, 2021
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
We groomed again this morning with both Pisten Bullies using the front end renovators to break up the glazed tracks and hard packed skate lanes. The skiing should be great on the combination trails today. We do not plan to close for the warm spell, however we will close Windy Ridge and the Puumala Trails until we get more snow and or cold temps. Our scheduled close date is Mar 21 at 5 PM.
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(Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
Saturday, March 6, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Good skis ]
Skied the Two Track and Coyote Canyon trails from 2 pm to 4 pm. Still plenty of base and the snow did not get too slow despite mid 30 degrees and sun. Plenty of kick and glide-a perfect day all around.
(Mark Edstrom)
Saturday, March 6, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Good skis ]
Thank you ABR grooming staff for a fantastic day of skiing and the outstanding job you do to keep us all on snow in March! Trails were in great shape as usual and the skate deck was fast as heck all day. What a blast! Except for a few south facing hills that get a lot of sun exposure the trails held up extremely well despite temps getting up to about 37. The classic tracks looked to be carved from stone at 9am and at 2pm were still looking good in most areas I skied.
(Paul Zoske)
Saturday, March 6, 2021
Evening
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
What a great day of skiing! The ski shop sale, nice weather and great trail conditions brought out a good group of skiers today. The ski shop was busy with the 50% off sale today and ski sales and binding conversions. We had a full crew of four out this morning. Both Pisten Bullies did a great job, the classic only groomers had to make a few passes to make it nice. I just came in from grooming the close trails with the bigger PB and it tilled up well. There were no bare spots or thin spots on the trail. Grooming plan: Both Pisten Bullies are heading out in the early morning to head south and groom. Classic only trails are going to be as is for Sunday. Classic skiers that arrive at 9 AM should ski the PB groomed trails the combination trails and including Tamarack 2 Track. That would be about 60 km of trails. The narrow classic only trails may be icy until the temps warm up. Jacks flats and Jack Pine should be fine with there flatness even with glazed sections for Sunday.
(Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
Friday, March 5, 2021
Evening
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Great news. I am just coming in from grooming with the bigger Pisten Bully. I am still powertilling cold dry powder! A few south facing hills are transformed corn snow but 90 % is cold dry powder. I groomed up about 20 km tonight  with the Bully and we have a full crew in the AM to groom up another 60  km or so. Many calls and questions when we will close and how conditions will be next week, etc. Our base is pretty thick and as long as the river does not flood, I think we can survive a warm spell and stay open for skiing until March 21st our scheduled closing date. There are not any bare spots on 90 km of trails.
(Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
Friday, March 5, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Perfect again. Still lots of snow. Skate deck was slowing down late morning. I was skating, but the classic tracks were deep and freshly groomed.
Photos:
(Sue Schroeder)

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