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Willow River State Park
Hudson, WI
Trail Length: 26K  Maps: |
Groomed: Skating/Classical    Lighted: No Snowmaking: No
Contact: 715-386-5931    Weather: [ NWS ]  
Notes:   Trails range from easy, such as the Purple Trail running along the Willow River, to the challenging Brown and Silver trails. Trails are groomed for both classical and skate skiing. All grooming is done by volunteer groomers who pride themselves in providing the best possible conditions.

Trail Reports:   2017-2018 season  view previous season     File a new report     Request a new report

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Thursday, March 22, 2018  posted: 3/22/2018 5:23:38 PM
Firsthand 
[ Rock skis ]
  Spring skiing lives in WRSP. Patchy, corn-snow, slushy, with a thin layer if ice underneath in some areas, making it faster than expected. Skiable. Enjoyed it. The 36-41 degrees range is quite nice.
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(Ginny Ballantine)
Wednesday, March 07, 2018  posted: 3/7/2018 5:33:49 PM
Secondhand 
[ Trails Open: All ]
  Park staff report lots of tree litter down after the recent snowfall of around 4.5 inches. Standard procedure after big wind is to do a trail inspection for down trees. Staff hooked up the roller and packed the new snow as he checked trails. After the inspection, he tried the tracksetter. No go; he found spotty and shallow snowpack over an icy surface. Classic skiers have no track. Skate skiers should not expect a beautiful, clean deck. All skiers should expect some ice in low or sunny spots. I walked a packed multi use trail and saw some of this firsthand. I did see people going out on skis. Blown knee on Sunday so my ski season is over.
(Jeff Bolte)
Friday, March 02, 2018  posted: 3/2/2018 5:15:52 PM
Secondhand Scheduling 
[ Trails Open: All ]
  Word just came across the groomer's line that trails will be opened to hiking for the season on Saturday, March 3. Skiers Only signs will be coming down tomorrow. Office staff will be telling visitors about the change. Expect to share the trail with hikers if you ski. It was the best ski season at Willow in the last three. Thanks for skiing at Willow River! The Buckthorn Brigade is ready to get out and work when enough snow melts. I always include some ski trail brushing work for this crew. Outside the Brigade, I will run trail brushing crews randomly through April.
(Jeff Bolte)
Friday, March 02, 2018  posted: 3/2/2018 2:35:00 PM
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
  Spring ski conditions prevail. It's icy and rocket fast in the morning, slushy and soft later in the day. The park staff plans to open ski trails to hikers and pets on Saturday. Groomers will groom if conditions warrant.
(David Thofern)
Tuesday, February 27, 2018  posted: 2/28/2018 12:13:53 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Skied many of the trails and have to say that they are in the best condition I have encountered in a long time. They are normally great out here....today they were exceptional. The groomers do such an good job and the skate deck is solid with only very minor tree debris (I removed most twigs, but much of the trail system is heavily wooded and subject to more at any time). The only major trail loops I wasn't on were the White Tail (red) and Trout Brook (purple) loops. Several downhill portions can be fast so be cautious. The only real icy spot I encountered was at the Willow Falls ascending to the top of the big hill where foot traffic is permitted. The deer are also curious so be cautious for them. I saw at least 9 deer on this trip through and they can be curious and not move for you, or in other cases, make quick movements and startle a skier. As far as skis...virtually any will work...good, B, rock, etc...simply get out and enjoy!
(Gary Simon)

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