April 5

Well I closed up the dog trails today. Looks like the weather is turning to Spring. See you next fall! Thank you skiers for a great season from Eric and Angela

Saturday 6 PM

We broke out both PB’s and groomed about 21 km , mostly combination trails. Access is from the Dog Trails Parking lot or River House, (River House Parking is limited you may want to park on the roadside… safely.)  We are not regrooming for a few days but skiing should be very good again Sunday, BTW the trails groomed are now all dog friendly.

Friday 9:30 PM

We plan to run both Pisten Bullies about 7 AM Saturday,  We will most likely groom all of the dog trails and cross the road at the River House to Memory Lane and maybe a bit of River and Popple etc…probably about 10 km or so. Access is from the dog trails across the road from ABR)  or River House.The Main trailhead is shut down, ski shop is shut down and indoor restrooms shut down.

First Responder Upgrades

ABR Ski Trails improved its first responder skills and tools this winter with the help of several local groups.

The SISU Ski Fest helped fund the purchase of an Orion Rescue sled. This rescue sled is fully suspended and designed for rescue. It has a cover to protect the patient from the elements and give them a smooth ride to the ambulance.

Eric Anderson, ABR, and Jackie Powers, SISU Ski Fest race director, with Rescue sled

Joel Bach a paramedic taught a Heartsaver CPR class to 13 of the ABR Ski Trails team of employees, volunteers and friends. There are plans to have a First Aid and Stop the Bleed program for the team this spring/summer.

Some of the ABR crew taking CPR Class

A Michigan Rural Health Grant provided several AED units for the local school systems, law enforcement and ABR Trails.

Alicia Zazeski a paramedic and groomer for ABR set up a trauma bag, first responder kit that was mounted and labeled on the wall in the trailhead cabin of ABR.

Alicia Zazeski, ABR groomer and paramedic

Eric Anderson and Angela Santini, owners of ABR, purchased a snowmobile dedicated to pull the rescue sled and will be erecting a small dedicated shelter for housing the snowmobile and sled.

Monday 7:30 PM

A bit of a different day today: Groomed 9 km : dog trails, crossed the road and groomed  Memory, part of River , and  Popple  with the Big PB, Polesawed with 2 teams on other trails, and put small grooving equipment in storage. trail head signage and ski racks down.  Clean up from Sunday ABR Membership meeting/ Party. Working 8 hours felt like a vacation! I am liking semi retirement.