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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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Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Wow! Excellent skating this morning. Some of the best conditions of the season with fresh snow, and a bit of transformed base mixed in. Despite the blazing sun, cooler temps kept things frozen, fast, and fun. Classic track had not been reset, but looked like it was in good condition with a dusting of snow in the bottom on most trails. Thanks to the ABR groomers, and staff for another great season!
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(Jonathon Rulseh, SISU Ski Fest)
Monday, March 16, 2020
Night
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
I groomed all the Combo trails this morning after the and during the light snow, except Pelty and Ridge Runner and the dog trails. I am planning on grooming the same in the morning and maybe more... We are open until Sunday, March 22nd at 4 PM when we we close for the season. We are not having a closing party due to the "virus". With the health risks posted: we are limiting 8 people to the wax barn, 6 people to the Ski Shop, 10 people to the lunch room and rental room and 10 people to the backroom afterhours chalet. The 66 km of ski trails appear to offer safe social distancing. Please plan your skiing for skiing and not chalet lingering. We really want to respect the risks from the "virus" but we also want to continue to supply an alternative health benefit with outside exercise.
(Eric Anderson, ABR Trails)
Sunday, March 15, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Great day of skiing at ABR. Deep set tracks on powder snow. Lots and lots of snow. Abr will close next Sunday.
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(Ron Fabrizius)
Sunday, March 15, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Both 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Two more days of perfect skiing at ABR this weekend. We skied pretty much everything, except dog trails. Trails still have great snow depth.
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(Sue Schroeder)
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)

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