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.
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.
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.
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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.
Snowshoers on this hike can ride the ski lift up the hill then snowshoe down the east side of the ski area. We’ll stop at East Vista for the view then bust through virgin snow on our way back down. Bring a camera on this picturesque hike. All experience levels welcome. Snowshoes can be borrowed from the park if needed, just arrive a few minutes early. The hikes is 2 hours and of moderate difficulty. Meet at the log shed between the ski hill and the open slope.
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park will hose guided snowshoe hikes every Saturday from 1-3 p.m. in January and February. Visit www.michigan.gov/gogetoutdoors for additional events.
If there is severe weather or if the temperature is 5 degrees or below, these programs will be canceled. Cancellations will be posted at the program meeting location or call 906-885-5206 to check in advance.
Please Note: The Michigan Department of Natural Resources makes every effort to provide the most up-to-date and accurate information on the web calendar. However, dates occasionally change and events may be canceled for any reason. Please call the unit hosting the event to confirm dates and times prior to your arrival.