Anderson Bluff & River Trail Foundation Inc.

Welcome!

March UPDATE

Check out one of the videos a Foundation relay skier sent us on the link below – see more details on the ski relay from ABR to Ramsey Michigan later on this page.

Please support our Foundation Vision to ” ….. Connect ABR Trails to the larger community” to ensure a lasting legacy for Nordic skiing in the Ironwood area for generations to come.

  • Donate to this non-profit 501(c)(3) (tax exempt)Foundation for enhancing trail connections (Project CONNECT)
  • Contribute to land acquisition (tax exempt)
  • Work on a special Foundation committee to share your special skills

See the secure Paypal link below or email us to discuss a scenario that custom fits you.

About Us

The Anderson Bluff & River Trail Foundation is a non-profit organization with a vision to:

  • Sustain the ABR legacy as the Midwest’s premier Nordic ski destination for generations to come; and Connect the ABR trails to the larger community.

Our mission to future generations and families starts with you:

“Create & sustain the organizational foundation to ensure a lasting legacy for Nordic skiing in the Ironwood area”

Foundation Mission

https://www.facebook.com/Anderson-Bluff-River-Trail-Foundation-Inc-102699528046561


Non-profit Foundation:

The first board meeting was convened July 13, 2019, with nine directors. Eric Anderson opened the meeting with a challenge to the board to continue the skiing experience and let families enjoy all Ironwood, Michigan, has to offer for the next 100 years. The first parcel of 90 acres of land was donated to the Foundation from Eric & Angela. This tract of land parallels the Montreal River and is adjacent to Norrie Park, a city owned park, in Ironwood.

It is Eric and Angela’s plan to donate a significant portion of their land to the Foundation between now and 2030.

Transition from ABR to the Foundation : ABR will continue to operate as previously enjoyed. Skiers will enjoy a seamless transition in the future for their silent sports and start their skiing at the existing ABR warming cabin/trailhead. Angela and Eric still maintain ownership of ABR and operate the ski trails with daily activities as in the past.

Foundation Board of Directors

  1. Eric Anderson – President & CEO
  2. Will Andresen – Vice President
  3. Melissa Santini – Treasurer
  4. Emily Burchell – Fitting – Secretary & Marketing Director
  5. Chris Halverson – Director
  6. Scott Erickson – Director
  7. Melanie Fullman – Director
  8. Randy Ahnen – Director
  9. Scott Anderson – Director

Future Services

Winter Silent Sports

  • In the future, you can explore the spectacular terrain around Anderson Bluff & River Trail Foundation with solitude of no motorized trails. Activities are offered on cross-country (classic or skating) skis or snowshoes. Whether you’re new to silent sports or new to winter entirely, it is a terrific way to enjoy winter adventure.  Explore the winter wonderland that surround you as you enjoy the Bluffs, Montreal River, wooded trails and meadows and the historic mining town of Ironwood as well as other pristine destinations.

Future Trail Grooming & Maintenance

Future Trail Connectivity

Goals for the future are to connect the ABR trail system to the larger trail community such as the Miners Memorial Heritage Park, the Iron Belle Trail and Wolverine Nordic Trails. The River frontage and the connectivity of these trails/parcels and parks will be a very valuable asset to the community and enhance future development of outdoor recreational activities.                      

Foundation History

Anderson Bluff & River Trail Foundation is a legacy to several Erwin Township Families

Educational Opportunities

PAGE UNDER DEVELOPMENT

  • Trail Kiosks
  • Trail Walks
  • Ski Lessons

Foundation Events

Fun Ski Relay – February 20, 2021

The Anderson Bluff & River Trail Foundation Inc. conducted a fun cross country ski relay on February 20, 2021, from ABR Ski Trails in Erwin Township and finished in Ramsey via the interconnecting local trails. This relay was divided into six segments and relay captains were organized into small ski teams to complete that portion of the trail (teams will comply with COVID safety protocols with no pre/ post race events). Captains are also Directors on the Foundation’s Board. The captains invited a small group of skiers to ski in their relay leg. The six relay legs are:

  1. Eric Anderson & Angela Santini – starting leg at ABR.
  2. Melissa Santini – to Sulu’s (Highill) warming cabin at ABR. 
  3. Chris Halverson – loop around Wolf Tracks trail at ABR.
  4. Will Andresen – to Jack Pine Trail to Norrie Park gate.
  5. Scott Erickson & Rich Scott– to Foundation land (Woodward Trail) to Miner’s Memorial Heritage Park Trail to Iron Belle Trail intersection with Easy Street.
  6. Melanie Fullman – Iron Belle Trail intersection with Country Club Road across US 2 to Wolverine Nordic Trails spur.
  7. Randy Ahnen – Iron Belle Trail from Easy Street to Ramsey finish line.  

The purpose of the demonstration fun ski relay is of course to have fun and demonstrate that cross country skiers can navigate local trails connecting them from Erwin Township all the way to Ramsey. The learning from this relay demonstration will inform Foundation future plans to better connect ABR to other beautiful ski trails. This event builds on the Foundation’s vision to:

“Sustain ABR Legacy as the Midwest’s Premier Nordic Ski destination for generations to come; and connect ABR Trails to the larger community”.

Check out one of the videos a Foundation relay skier sent us on the link below 

FUTURE EVENTS

Education on Nordic Skiing

Foundation Trail Fun Days

Trail Building Work Bee

Charity Event for Cancer – Fun Triathlon

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Q-What is the timing to opening Foundation trails? Answer – It is Eric and Angela’s plan to donate a significant portion of their land between now and 2030.
  2. Q- How is the Foundation connected to ABR Trails Inc.? Answer – Legally, there is no connection between the entities. Geographically, the land is adjacent to ABR trails.
  3. Q- Why is there a Foundation? Answer – As part of their estate planning,  Eric and Angela wish to establish the Foundation to operate the ski trails and desire to leave the trails as a lasting legacy to future generations.
  4. Q- Is the Foundation a non-profit status? Answer – Yes, the IRS approved 501(c)3 status in August 2019, donations are tax exempt.
  5. Q- How do I help the Foundation? Answer – As a non-profit (501(c)3) the Foundation relies on donations.

Maps

PAGE UNDER DEVELOPMENT

Support our Mission

Please support our mission to create & sustain the organizational foundation to ensure a lasting legacy for Nordic skiing in the Ironwood area for generations to come.

  • Donate to this non-profit 501(c)(3) Foundation for a new project/or trail (tax exempt)
  • Contribute to land acquisition (tax exempt)
  • Work on a special Foundation committee to share your special skills

Contact us to discuss a donation (monetary or time) that best suits your situation and the Foundation needs

click link above for Paypal DONATE button for various amounts & plans

Foundation donation on a secure PayPal transfer

The Foundation would appreciate your donation to support our Mission. The donation will be tax exempt (IRS 501(c)(3). Fed ID # 84-2267605

$100.00

The Foundation is looking for volunteers to assist with several IT projects:

  • Redesign the existing Foundation’s website to be more informative
  • Assist with expanding the Foundation’s social media platform
  • Develop the Foundation’s e- Newsletter and integrate with transactional email
  • Produce & develop Foundation videos

GREAT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS IN NEED OF EXPERIENCE ON THEIR RESUME/CV


Get in Touch

Anderson Bluff & River Trail Foundation Inc.
E5299 West Pioneer Road, Ironwood, MI, 49938

email: AndersonFoundation13@gmail.com

Like us in Facebook & Share with your ski friends

https://www.facebook.com/Anderson-Bluff-River-Trail-Foundation-Inc-102699528046561/

Stay informed on Foundation news and updates

Press Release March 18, 2020

https://www.dropbox.com/s/1zw5sltibk3sptf/Foundation%20Press%20Release%20rev%200.docx?dl=0

Send Us a Message


Copyright Anderson Bluffs & River Trails Foundation Inc. – All rights reserved