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Balsam Branch Trails
Amery, WI
Trail Length: 12k  Maps: | 1 Main Lot , 1 Kennedy Park 
Groomed: Skating/Classical    Lighted: Yes Snowmaking: No
Contact:     Weather: [ NWS ]  
Notes:   The Balsam Branch trails are open to the public for no charge. When there is snow, tracks are set by Polk County Park and volunteers. The trailhead parking area is always well plowed. Toilet facilities are available at the nearby Kennedy Environmental center but no coffee shop or warming facility. Roughly 4K of lighted trails added in 2010.

Trail Reports:   2018-2019 season  view previous season     File a new report     Request a new report

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Saturday, February 16, 2019  posted: 2/17/2019 12:38:48 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Skated the outside (unlit) loop with headlamp. Skate lane had been skied in quite a bit which made for fairly solid skating without slabs of snow breaking off underneath you like earlier in the week after the fresh snow. Race baskets were still punching through quite a bit while poling, especially on the sides of the trail that hadn't been skied on much. All in all, excellent conditions.
(Jim Kelley)
Saturday, February 16, 2019  posted: 2/16/2019 9:19:01 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Tracks were in great condition a little rough around some turns but all in all fantastic skiing. I skied the lighted trail section the tracks were fast and the skate looked to be in good condition.
(Meghan Devine)
Thursday, February 14, 2019  posted: 2/14/2019 7:15:01 AM
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Groomed all skate and track lanes yesterday. Trails looked good but I'm sure they are a little soft with all the snow received. Needs to be skied in. Will groom again soon.
(Greg Hoelscher)
Monday, February 11, 2019  posted: 2/11/2019 9:36:59 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  The trails had not been groomed but there was an excellent track all the way around....a previously groomed track was nicely skied in. Skating would be a chore, I think, because the skate deck was soft. The snow is beautiful. I skied from 11:15 until 1:15 and as I was finishing the groomer was starting to pack the trails (wiping out the classic track). The skiing was excellent.
(Ralph Schwartz)
Sunday, February 10, 2019  posted: 2/11/2019 10:09:12 AM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  At 6 pm, about 4" of fresh un-groomed powder on the trails. Several skiers had already been out in the new snow and created a classical track that looked very soft. Skate lane had been skied on but the amount of un-groomed snow was at about the upper limit of what is is skate-able without technique suffering. Nice to see the trails finally getting enough snow to get out on. Several of the lighting system lights are not working so if you've never been to Balsam before it might be worth bringing a headlamp to help navigate the un-lit sections if you go after sunset. Don't forget to leave a trail donation at the parking lot to help maintain this gem of a trail system.
(Jim Kelley)

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