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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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Monday, January 15, 2018  posted: 1/15/2018 2:03:31 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
  Dave and Rita had the grooming gear rolling when I arrived. Classic track was being cut full depth due to more than the predicted snowfall. I ran an A set of classic skins on the deck mostly. Newly cut classic track is fragile, especially after dry snow like we got Sunday. It takes some time for track to set up. Plus, the full depth cut was occasionally exposing material beneath in enough places to not run A skis in track. Having said that, there was a short stretch of track that was firm enough and clean. It ran fast. The trip was the Purple, the Green through the campground, up the hill on the Yellow and across the road to the Brown. It sure was slow on the deck on a fast set of skis. I skied track on the Brown through the group camp up to the high point. Skiing down the series of hills the Brown offers cooled off any overheating concerns. Out of track I almost flew the S turn. At the double drop I carried the third little roller also. Overall, I would say the Brown ran about medium speed on the deck. Classic track skiers, stick with the B set. If you are solid on your out of track skills, you could run the A set. Be careful on road crossings. Skaters can run the A set and you might have to dodge organic stuff like pine cones and needles. With the wind, drifting is filling in groomed work.
(Jeff Bolte)
Sunday, January 14, 2018  posted: 1/15/2018 11:39:31 AM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
  The trails are looking very good considering we haven't had much snow. Huge thanks to the hardworking (volunteer!) grooming crew! As a classic skier, I'm looking forward to tracks as right now there are none, but I skied from the 200 loop to the falls and back and had a great time. Probably saw a couple dozen other skiers out there. SKOL Vikings!
(David Ritter)
Sunday, January 14, 2018  posted: 1/14/2018 11:52:39 PM
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
  It was late night rolling on a few trails so there is something skiable Monday morning. There is something for everyone; Brown, Blue, Green, and Purple main and River stems. The short Yellow link from the 300 camp entry road to near the group camp is in also, which gives a loop option. There is no track set. I found two inches to perhaps three plus of base using the sharp stick test as I made random stops. Those tests were on packed base that was rolled any time from minutes earlier to a couple of hours ago. Snow was still falling at 11:00pm. I doubt that a full depth track will be possibe. Some areas may be skipped altogether. The trick will be to get the machine to cut a consistant partial depth track on uneven trail. If we level the trail, we scalp it down to dirt or worse. Two of us will be out to continue the work on Monday morning. The trails seemed to be flattening out somewhat with the new snow and skier traffic. Lots of skiers out today including this reporter.
(Jeff Bolte)
Saturday, January 13, 2018  posted: 1/13/2018 1:34:21 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
  Brrrski! It was a short trip on the classic rock skis from the boat launch to the Blue return and back. The base is firm enough that skied in track will not occur in any useful depth. Skaters have it great today. The base is lumpy, which is typical of early packing runs. The base is not deep enough to put teeth to it via drag or Ginzu in order to level and flatten the trail. I took the no wax rock skis today. The B set would be fine. I saw a mix of dirt/sand and snow as I skied down the Blue hill out of the campground. Glide varied a lot. Sheltered areas had the best glide. Looking ahead, I am speculating that a shallow track can be set selectively if we get the upper amount of the predicted snowfall on Sunday. For example, the base on the Blue hill out of the 300 camp will still be too shallow for track, as will the flats below until the trail turns away from the lake bed. The campground loop could be double tracked but not full depth. Again, trail width has increased, so it will take the grooming team longer to complete their work after the next snowfall.
(Jeff Bolte)
Friday, January 12, 2018  posted: 1/12/2018 5:05:55 PM
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
  Awesome snow cover for 4th ski of season. I was the Second person to Skate the inner loop of Prairie at 4:30. Decently rolled. Relatively slow compared to early weeks, so a wax is very much suggested. No classic tracks set yet. Goggles help to keep face warm, and fingers begin to warm up after about 20min.
Get on out! It's not too cold.
(Catherine Olson)

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