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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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Sunday, March 15, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Good skis ]
What a fantastic day of skiing at ABR with sunny skies and temperatures around 30 degrees. I classic skied Hemlock, Pines Loops, Tamarack Two Track, Coyote Canyon, and sections of other trails. The tracks were firm and fast. I used skin skis, which worked really well. ABR is open for one more week. I know I'll be visiting this week!
(Connie Meek)
Saturday, March 14, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Both 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
We were able to get another great ski in. Besides great trails, great grooming, good weather ABR added great food to the mix for today. Arrived at ABR at 10:30, temp was 24 degrees. We skated for on an amazing skate deck, firm, fast with fresh snow mixed in with the transformed snow was like skiing on velvet. We skated for an hour and half and worked up a big appetite. Taste of the Trails food was wonderful- gnocchi, pulled pork, Jamaican chicken with rice and beans, raspberry scones and tap beer. What fun to eat on the trails. So now we had to ski again and work off those calories. We strided for an hour and half on classical only trails- Tamarack two track is a blast. Saw only 2 other skiers. Classical tracks were good, firm, deep, with a mosaic mix of ice chunks scattered in bottom of track. Still great kick but much faster glide. Was hard to stop. Still plenty of snow in UP. Does not get any better 7 than this!
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(Greg Dahl)
Saturday, March 14, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Fabulous skiing at the Taste of the Trails event today! Like skiing midwinter conditions. It had just snowed 3 inches Thursday and Friday. Perfect Pisten Bully grooming today. Classic only trails were wonderful as well. ABR is open through next weekend. Go get some. You won’t be disappointed!
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(Bill Harrison)
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Evening
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Beautiful skating at ABR. Classic skiing looked good too on the combi trails with deep tracks. If I had not been pulling a Chariot, I would have done some klister skiing since it looked about as good as it gets! The transformed snow is skiing very well with no stickiness, and good speed as the sun got lower in the sky. The trails that were not groomed today were also skating well. They were a bit faster than the fresh grooming, firm, and really fun! Winter won't last forever, get out there and ski!
(Jonathon Rulseh, SISU Ski Fest)
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Evening
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Great spring skiing, on the Pisten Bully power tilled corn snow. We groomed up 40 km this morning. I did a "budget groom" on 20 km of skate lanes with the Gator and 9 foot Ginzu tonight, hitting the window of opportunity for light equipment grooming so we will have some skate lanes for later in the day skating. Both Pisten Bullies are still scheduled out in the morning. Skate skiers can expect hard and fast "budget" corduroy on 20 km at 9 AM and nice skiable corduroy at about noon, as the temps rise. Skate skiers will find about 5-10 km of softer skate lanes at 9 AM. Classic skiers will find about 15-20 km of great powertilled skiing at 9 AM and another 30-40 as the base softens on the trails groomed today. Note that singletrack trails will not be regroomed until the weekend or new snow. The single tracks: Hemlock, Sunset, Wolf Tracks and Otter Slide are closed, Ridge Runner and Pelty the steeper black diamonds are closed; they are not safe to ski without grooming.
(Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
Monday, March 9, 2020
Evening
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
It was 32 degrees when we fired up both Pisten Bullies this morning. We groomed 24 km (most of the old ABR), mainly the flatter terrain. The snow was not totally frozen and hard so it was very tricky finding the sweet spot. When we completed grooming at 9:30 it was 25 degrees. Skiers were pleased with not having icy trails, but they did encounter some bumps and chunks as we groomers adjusted to the variable conditions from shade and sun. We are sending both Pisten Bullies out in the early morning to groom again.
(Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
Sunday, March 8, 2020
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Today the trails groomed up nicely, the Pisten Bully groomed trails skied well, I groomed 15 km last night solo and then the groom team came in today and we groomed up 61 km. The classic only were a bit rough with a poor track in some areas. Pisten Bullied areas were perfect. Snow is transformed. I just came in from scouting grooming and the plan for tomorrow morning is to groom the combination trails with the 2 Pisten Bullies and leave the single track closed. We will not groom all 76 km but we will groom with the Pisten Bullies on the combo trails.
Taste of the Trails next Saturday! We are finalizing the menu, and it will be posted soon. We are grooming daily or as needed.... but we do close Sunday, March 22 at 5 PM.it’s been a good run but after 127 days of skiing, we are pulling the plug like we do every year in late March.
(Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
Friday, March 6, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Both 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
We wanted to get one more great ski before heat wave. So we checked weather and Friday seemed perfect. So we headed to ABR where we knew the grooming would be perfect as well. Arrived at 11:30 temp was 24and bright sunny skies. We skated for about an hour on amazing skate decks. All 65km was groomed for today, not some trails but all 65 km. We had lunch and we went backout to stride. We skied River trail to white pine to Tamarack tap to Otter slide to Wolf tracks back to Tamarack Tap to the chalet. Basically from one end of trails to the other all on classic only trails. The track was the best, deep, firm, and no ice. The temp was 30 when we finished. The track did not get soft at all, truly an amazing day of skiing. All said and done we skied 30 km. Probably not the last ski of the ski, but probably the last on perfect trails and perfect weather. Weather might not perfect tomorrow, but I bet grooming will be!
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(Greg Dahl)
Friday, March 6, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Just another picture perfect day at ABR. Lots of virgin corduroy and fresh tracks. Still deep base in UP. Just a short ski in route to the Bear Chase.
Photos:
(Sue Schroeder)
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Perfect spring skiing! Just about everything was Pisten Bully groomed today....which is amazing for a weekday. If you're going to ski this time of year when we have freeze/thaw conditions I feel it's imperative to go to a place where they have a Pisten Bully groomer. We are lucky to have such facilities in Ironwood. And ABR is the perfect place to ski this time of year. I didn't classic ski but the track was perfectly formed and solid.
Photos:
(Rich Scott)

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