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.
Wolverine Nordic is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization with the mission to preserve and promote nordic skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, biking and lifelong physical fitness on the Gogebic Range of the Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Northeastern Wisconsin.
WOLVERINE NORDIC SKI CLUB volunteers maintain and groom the trail system which consists of 8 trails that provide 25 kilometers of both skate skiing and track-set skiing. The rolling terrain provides trails for all levels of skiing from expert to novice. Club News
LAKE EFFECT SNOW provides us with snow that tends to arrive earlier, pile deeper and last longer than anywhere else in the Midwest. Conditions.
THE SUGGESTED TRAIL DONATION is $10.00 a day. Donation boxes are located at all trail heads and in the chalet. The donations are used to make payments on the loan for our Piston Bully, trail grooming fuel expenses, and to improve and maintain equipment and facilities. A season pass/membership is available. To become a season pass holder please fill out the form and return it to the address listed. Membership
THE WARMING CHALET/SHELTER IS OPEN! Cookies, hot chocolate and soda is available. The chalet is open from 8:00am until 6:00pm during the ski season. Directions<>