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Blackjack strives to provide the best possible customer service in every facet of our business. Come visit us this season to see what we’re talking about…we’re sure you’ll have a truly great winter vacation.

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ABR Trails – Ironwood, MI

ABR is full service ski touring center with 60km of trails located on over 1100 scenic acres of varied terrain along the Montreal River in Ironwood Michigan.

We offer skate/classic combination trails along with singletrack classic and even snowshoeing and multi-use/skijoring trails.

We work on the trails full-time in the off months and have done substantial trail work each and every year since we opened to the public in 1995. In 2005 we did a major redesign of the trail system, including adding new trails and many revisions. In 2008 we did another major redesign putting our total k’s up to 60 km. You will most likely need to review the new map which was created with a survey grade of GPS. Pay attention to directional signs, some of the trails are now being skied in a different direction and a different sequence.

This year we worked on a connector into downtown Ironwood that will be used for the SISU Ski Fest. Rudy’s Shoot was widened and regraded so it can be groomed with the Pisten Bully and will be skating and striding, it is also longer now and more accessable from the rental houses. We also did a considerable amount of work on fixing trouble spots in the exisiting trails that will make the trails ski better and groomer easier including regrading and banking the tricky Blueberry hill to make it more skiable.

Equipment Rental

We have a well stocked rental shop with modern, comfortable rental equipment. We have both SNS, pilot and NNN binding systems.


Our facilities include a heated warming cabin with light concessions, and a full service ski shop, change rooms, indoor restrooms, and a large heated wax area with many wax benches. There is additional room in the race barn/wax room for tables and chairs available for teams or groups to use. NEW for this year is Hi-speed Internet WIFI in the warming cabin from 9-6 daily.


Lessons: We have a group of instructors that are on schedule most weekends and weekdays. Some are PSIA certified. Private lessons are $25 for 1 hour. Group lessons are also available. Rates: 2 people -$35, 3-$45, 4 – $55. Large group lessons available. It is best to call ahead to schedule lessons 906-932-3502.

Wax services: We have 3 different wax services available from $8 to $35. Skis can be waxed while you wait (time permitting) or can be left overnight. “HOT BOX” service available and binding mounting services available.

Sauna/Showers: 2 saunas are available for rent: an authentic private wood-fired Finnish sauna with a change room and hot shower or a private electric sauna with hot shower in the wax room. Both are available for $6/person/$12 minimum, shower only (in the wax building) is $6. Towels are provided.

Warm up Shack: We have a small warm up shack located at the “All trails return here”  location in the Bowl. This heated shack is stocked with wood and can be heated quickly with the wood supplied if it is not already heated. This makes for a nice quiet location for a lunch or snack.

Ski Shop: We have a complete ski shop with the latest equipment and supplies.


Trail Map (pdf) | Photos

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Porcupine Mountains State Park Cross Country Ski Trails – Silver City, MI

Four main and several smaller trails combine to form the 42 KM Nordic Trail System at the Porcupine Mountains State Park.

The cross country ski trails encircle the lift-served Alpine Ski Area with numerous scenic loops. Trails are track set with a power-tiller equipped groomer.

Warming huts are located along the Log Camp Loop and Union Spring Trails. Daily and season trail passes are available at the chalet and include a one-ride lift ticket to the summit.

Winter interpretive activities include guided snowshoe hike and lantern light skiing. Check at the chalet for scheduling.

Lantern Light Cross-Country Skiing: (Selected Saturdays During the Season) Old-fashioned kerosene lanterns illuminate the trail during this night ski. Lanterns are placed along the entire one-mile loop for a remarkable night skiing experience. Stop about halfway around the loop at the warming shelter where the park naturalist will have a blazing fire going. This trail has an “easy” difficulty rating; however, skiing at night is always a challenge.

This program may be canceled due to weather. To inquire about cancellations call (906) 885-5206.

All programs are free; however, all motor vehicles entering a Michigan state park or recreation area must display a valid Motor Vehicle Permit, available for purchase at the park entrance.

Porcupine Mountains Cross Country Ski Trail Map

Porcupine Mountains Nordic Ski Trails

Porcupine Mountains Yurts

Would you like a true winter wilderness experience? Try spending a winter night or two (or more) in the Porcupine Mountains in a yurt. Yurts are sturdy, tent-like structures, that originated in central Asia. The park’s three yurts will provide visitors with a snug, weather-tight shelter that is close to the park’s hiking, biking and cross-country ski trails.

Each of the 16-foot-diameter yurts are available year-round, will sleep four people and are equipped with bunk beds, mattresses, wood stove, axe, bow saw and cooking and eating utensils. Running water and electricity are not provided, but an outhouse is nearby and wood is provided for heat in the colder months.

The park’s yurts are accessed only by trail. The distance and degree of challenge required to reach them will vary with the season. The rental fee is $60 per night and there is an $8 reservation fee.

For reservations call 1-800-447-2757 or online at www.midnrreservations.com.

For additional information, contact Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park at (906) 885-5275, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information on Yurt Lodging in the Porkies click here.

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Porcupine Mountains ~ Midwest Telefest ~ February 12 ~ 14, 2021

We are looking forward to Midwest Telefest 2021. This will be our 31st year and our biggest event ever!

Midwest Telefest will be held February 12-14, 2021 at the Porcupine Mountains Winter Sports Complex near Silver City, MI

Don’t forget to book your hotel or cabin before they’re all gone!

With the Covid Pandemic still in effect we have made a few modifications to our typical events schedule.

While the Porkies lodge will still be open to warm up and to use the bathrooms, our goal is to encourage folks to socially distance outdoors this year as much as possible. We also strongly encourage face coverings, and frequent hand washing/sanitation
Lets all be safe and have fun!

— Schedule —

Friday February 12
– Ski the hill and backcountry
– No official Friday night party

Saturday February 13
– Ski the hill and backcountry
– 11 AM uphill downhill race
– 2 PM social distanced group photo (6ft apart) top of lift
– 4pm Smelly Kneepad slalom race, bring your long and skinny skis
– No potluck dinner, dinner and drinks on your own this year
– Social distanced outdoor party with a few large fire pits in front of lodge with music

Sunday February 14
– Ski the hill and backcountry
– 10 AM cross country and backcountry tours

We are very excited to announce that the two best Telemark Ski shops in the US will be representing this year with demos!


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Below is a video from the 2020 Midwest Telefest


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