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SISU Ski Fest – Ironwood, MI – January 11, 2020


The 11th Annual SISU Ski Fest will be held January 11, 2010.

Start at ABR Trails and “Finnish” in downtown Ironwood.

Ski among Northwoods pines, up, down and around rocky outcroppings, along the Montreal River, through the Miners Memorial Heritage Park, and by the World’s Tallest Native American Statue.

Commemorative SISU souvenirs and locally crafted age group awards. Traditional “Yooper” fare and local entertainment. A big event with small town ambiance.

SISU Ski Fest, your gateway to the season!

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Saturday October 1st, 2022 - 10:40 pm

SISU Ski Fest

Registration is now open! Sign up: runsignup.com/Race/MI/IRONWOOD/SisuSkiFest
And THANK YOU KAY LUM for our groovy 2023 artwork!
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Registration is now open! Sign up: https://runsignup.com/Race/MI/IRONWOOD/SisuSkiFest
And THANK YOU KAY LUM for our groovy 2023 artwork!

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Love it!! 🙌😀

CUTE art!!!

Sunday September 4th, 2022 - 9:37 am

SISU Ski Fest

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Work bee on SISU race course Sunday Sept 18th. All helping hands appreciated!Image attachment

Thursday July 28th, 2022 - 2:13 pm

SISU Ski Fest

If you are in the Ironwood area on August 13th, don't miss this event. ... See MoreSee Less

If you are in the Ironwood area on August 13th, dont miss this event.

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The Sweet Caroline Tour is a Neil Diamond Concert Celebration starring the #1 Diamond performer in the world - Jay White. It is without question the most authentic Neil Diamond Concert Experience on the planet. Conceived in response to Mr. Diamond’s retirement from the concert stage and the huge demand from audiences worldwide to enjoy the music of the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame icon in a live music setting, Jay and the dynamic Sweet Caroline Tour Band pays homage to Neil Diamond by performing the hits and beloved gems you know and love with the same energy and artistry Neil delivered over his incredible 50 year career

Trail work weekend

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ABR Trails – Taste of the Trails – March 3, 2018

Ski along the ABR Ski Trails and sample our local cuisine and specialties at various stops along the trails.

All of our favorite vendors and restaurants attend.

We have 5 confirmed restaurants attending. Manny’s, Ole Suffolk Ale House, Brewsters, Don and G-G’s, Cold Iron Brewing.

There may be a few more last minute additions.

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Wednesday September 28th, 2022 - 8:11 am

ABR Ski Trails

New long term rental for skiers

PineCone Chalet that is centrally located in Manitowish Waters to many trail systems

LONG TERM Rental Available (December 4th – March 4th) $7,000 if you book by October 31st.

WinMan Trails (XCski/Snowshoe) – 6.2 mi

MECCA XC SKi Club – 11.9 mi

North Lakeland Trails – 3 mi

Powell Marsh Trails – 5.7 mi

Van Vliet Trails – 12.8 mi

ABR (groomed classic/skate &amp; full-service shop/rentals)- 32.7 mi

This 2BR/2BA, sleeps 6, Newer construction, easy access off US51, peaceful lakeside location. The entire Chalet is custom built with quality furnishings & unique decor everywhere to compliment your Northwoods experience. This Chalet is currently being offered until October 31stt to be booked at a LONG TERM rental (December 4th – March 4th) for $7,000. If it doesn’t book for a long term it will go to a weekly rental. For booking or more details, contact Kevin Balduc at 313-623-3887 or Kevin.balduc@gmail.com.
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New long term rental for skiers

PineCone Chalet that is centrally located in Manitowish Waters to many trail systems

LONG TERM Rental Available (December 4th – March 4th) $7,000 if you book  by October 31st. 

WinMan Trails (XCski/Snowshoe) – 6.2 mi

MECCA XC SKi Club – 11.9 mi

North Lakeland Trails – 3 mi

Powell Marsh Trails – 5.7 mi

Van Vliet Trails – 12.8 mi

ABR (groomed classic/skate & full-service shop/rentals)- 32.7 mi

This  2BR/2BA, sleeps 6, Newer construction, easy access off US51, peaceful lakeside location. The entire Chalet is custom built with quality furnishings & unique decor everywhere to compliment your Northwoods experience. This Chalet is currently being offered until October 31stt to be booked at a LONG TERM rental (December 4th – March 4th) for $7,000. If it doesn’t book for a long term it will go to a weekly rental. For booking or more details, contact Kevin Balduc at 313-623-3887 or Kevin.balduc@gmail.com.

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Sounds wonderful!

Saturday September 3rd, 2022 - 6:15 pm

ABR Ski Trails

Work Bee September 17 and 18 – pre season

The Anderson Bluff & River Trail Foundation is planning another trail work bee on Sunday September 18, 2022. We are also collaborating with Wolverine Trails conducting a work bee on Saturday September 17.

UP fall colors will be awesome! Work in the morning, play in the afternoon, and relax at night.

When/ Where:

September 17 at Wolverine Trails 8:00-12:00 ( meet at Wolverine Chalet) and
September 18 on Anderson Foundation Trails 8:00-11:00 ( meet at Norrie Park )
What: Trail pre- season maintenance all skill levels welcome

Work on the Norrie Park loop
Work on the Woodward Trail
Work on the SISU trail
Work on the Wolverine Trails
( bring your safety gear, tools and good attitude)
Who: Volunteers from near and far (note 1)

Friends of the Anderson Bluff & River Trail Foundation and
Friends of ABR Ski Inc. and
Friends of Wolverine Trail and
Friends of SISU
ALL WELCOME – no Trail experience required
Note 1- If you are traveling to Ironwood to see the trails without snow and with beautiful fall colors for the first time- Wow you are in for a treat!

Please RSVP so we can plan our work scope/ teams and resources properly. Please do not REPLY ALL.

Email us at AndersonFoundation13@gmail.com

Thank you in advance.
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Work Bee September 17 and 18 – pre season

The Anderson Bluff & River Trail Foundation is planning another trail work bee on Sunday September 18, 2022. We are also collaborating with Wolverine Trails conducting a work bee on Saturday September 17.

UP fall colors will be awesome! Work in the morning, play in the afternoon, and relax at night. 

When/ Where: 

September 17 at Wolverine Trails 8:00-12:00 ( meet at Wolverine Chalet) and 
September 18 on Anderson Foundation Trails 8:00-11:00 ( meet at Norrie Park ) 
What: Trail pre- season maintenance all skill levels welcome 

Work on the Norrie Park loop
Work on the Woodward Trail
Work on the SISU trail
Work on the Wolverine Trails
( bring your safety gear, tools and good attitude)
Who: Volunteers from near and far (note 1)

Friends of the Anderson Bluff & River Trail Foundation and 
Friends of ABR Ski Inc. and 
Friends of Wolverine Trail and  
Friends of SISU 
ALL WELCOME – no Trail experience required
Note 1- If you are traveling to Ironwood to see the trails without snow and with beautiful fall colors for the first time- Wow you are in for a treat!

Please RSVP so we can plan our work scope/ teams and resources properly. Please do not REPLY ALL.

Email us at AndersonFoundation13@gmail.com 

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Thursday August 18th, 2022 - 5:58 pm

ABR Ski Trails

No snow yet! But we’re having a trail maintenance work bee this Saturday 8-11am. Meet at the Norrie Park gate, we will be working north towards the Miners Park on the Woodward trail. Thanks!! ... See MoreSee Less

No snow yet! But we’re having a trail maintenance work bee this Saturday 8-11am. Meet at the Norrie Park gate, we will be working north towards the Miners Park on the Woodward trail. Thanks!!

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Wish we were there. We would certainly help out. Next time...

Dang it. We have to leave tomorrow for a Saturday event. Post for future work bees, and we’ll be there!

Friday July 29th, 2022 - 11:46 am

ABR Ski Trails

My father, Dave C. Anderson, co-founder of ABR Ski Trails passed away on May 25th, 2022. He was 82 years old.
I enjoyed working with my Dad on a daily basis for 10 years, building ABR Ski Trails. We planned trails, attended meetings, chain sawed and bull dozed trails to be used as ski trails and snowshoe trails. We groomed trails in the early morning hours. Neither of us was the boss. We took turns wearing a hat that said “I am the Boss”.
Dad enjoyed skiing and grooming. He also really enjoyed visiting with skiers in the parking lot, on the trail and in the Ski Cabin. In the summer Dad enjoyed running, sea kayaking, and being outdoors.
I learned a lot about running ABR from Dad and really miss him.

Eric Anderson

Obituary | David Carl Anderson of Georgetown, Texas | Ramsey Funeral Home & Crematorium
www.ramseyfuneral.com/obituary/david-c-anderson

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, August 6, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at the Erwin Town Hall,
N8908 VanBuskirk Rd, Ironwood, Michigan.

In lieu of flowers, you may donate to a memorial for Dave’s favorite non-profit:
Anderson Bluff & River Trail Foundation
c/o Dave Anderson Memorial
E5299 West Pioneer Road
Ironwood, MI 49938
Website: andersonbluffsrivertrailsfoundation.org/
Email: AndersonFoundation13@gmail.com
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My condolences on your loss. He leaves a wonderful legacy.

Such a wonderful tribute. We are grateful to your father, and to you, for the magical ABR trails.

Well said Eric - your Dad was another good man from Erwin Township- a credit to his parents, a good school system and hard work; he leaves a lasting legacy. My sympathy to you and all your family.

Eric, I am pleased to have known your dad. I have wonderful memories of our fun after ski evening visits. The combined talents and hard work you both have done in developing and maintaining ABR is truly amazing. You and your dad are appreciated beyond words. Thank you for sharing these photos along with your story. It is just a sampling of what your dad gave to the world of XC skiing. You have carried his torch well. Yes, Dave is and will be missed but remembered on those beautiful ski trails.

Hello Eric, You really don’t know me and I never met your dad. I do believe after reading about him here that he made a huge impact on your life. Nearly 8 years ago, I fell on the trails on a downhill on a very cold day. After being summoned by others via cell phone, you came in one of your large groomers and helped me get up. I had a really bad hamstring injury and honestly did not let you touch me for quite awhile. You were patient and assisted me when I was ready. I am sure you don’t remember but I do. People learn great things from their parents if they are lucky, and I believe you are one of them.

Eric, so very sorry for your loss! All my memories are of the two of u sharing duties when I’d arrive for skiing and his willingness to just chat! I’m so grateful the two of you share your happy place with us!!!

What a wonderful, kind man! And hardworking too! I'm so sorry for your loss and grateful for having him in the world.

What a beautiful tribute. May his memory be for a blessing.

Dave always seemed to have a mischievous twinkle in his eye! Thanks Dave for the awesome ski trails. We’ll all miss you dearly.

Sorry for you and your families loss. Thank you for sharing and what a wonderful man. May the fond memories provide comfort of your loss.

Wonderful memories and pictures. Thank you for sharing and sorry for your loss. So many people have enjoyed the foundation he laid!

Sending love. I provided bus transportation for one ski event your Dad held. It was an honor.

Thanks for sharing. My next ski there will be to honor him.

I’m so sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of your father from back in the 70s when he did a leather working instruction for our 4H club. He was also a friend of my dad’s through Lions, I believe. He’s left a wonderful legacy behind.

Sorry to hear, thinking of you and your family. He sounds like a wonderful man.

I’m so sorry for your loss. Thanks to him and your family for the gift of so much joy for so many people through these trails.

So sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. Please accept my sincere condolences. His legacy will live on for the foreseeable future with the ABR ski trails.

He left an amazing legacy. ABR is enjoyed by thousands.

My deepest sympathies to your family. What a wonderful legacy your father has built.

Quite a gift you and your father gave to all of us. I hope the Memorial is a joy for all who attend.

Sincere condolences Eric. Looking forward to skiing and seeing you guys this winter

Beautifully said. So sorry for your loss. Sympathies to you and your family.

So sorry for your loss. Sending prayers and hugs 💜

My condolences for you and the entire family.

Sorry to hear that. Our prayers and condolences are with you and your family.

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Sunday March 20th, 2022 - 11:08 am

ABR Ski Trails

Last day of the season here at ABR. Thank you to everyone that has visited our trails this season. It’s been a great winter! Seeya next winter! 😘 ... See MoreSee Less

Last day of the season here at ABR. Thank you to everyone that has visited our trails this season. It’s been a great winter! Seeya next winter! 😘

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I’m going to miss the south east parking lot area. Thanks for the great skiing this year!

Now go have a warmer kind of fun! Thank you for another season of beautiful ski trails!

Thank you again Eric & Angela for your smiling faces and a great ABR winter playland. Love you guys⛷❣

Thank you so much for a terrific season! The YaYas had such enjoyable skis on your beautiful trails! Can’t wait til next year!🤩

Kiitos for all you do to make the best xc skiing available to the most people—all ages and abilities. The YaYas had our last ski on Friday and had a wonderful experience. To next year! Kippis! 🍻

Thanks for a great year. Today was pretty amazing too! #crustskiing

Thank you for all you guys do for Nordic skiing and community. See you in 8 months.

We enjoyed every minute we were out there. We’ll be back just as soon as you open.

Great last days!! Thank you so much.

So enjoyed my time there as always! Plus, I got a sweet new pair is XC skis.

A glorious day to ski!!!!!

Have a great summer! See you in December!

Thanks for all you do year in and year out!

Thanks ABR we love you. How about ski you in 7 months? One up that Dryer guy!

Thanks!!!! To everyone who makes ABR so awesome

Personalized grooming this morning. Thanks!

Kristi Kauppi Freeman & I had a beautiful snowshoe today, thank you!

Already counting down the days! 🤪 Thanks for all you do.

Tussen tak!! ❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️

Thnx for another great year!

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