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

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Friday, March 15, 2019  posted: 3/15/2019 8:19:42 PM
Observation 
[ Trails: Closed ]
  You really don't want to ski at Willow! There are many places where there is anywhere from a few inches to a foot of water lurking under the snowpack, waiting for you to punch through. If that isn't enough to discourage you, many of the trails were driven on today by the park's ATV leaving deep, slushy ruts. If you're really determined to get in some final skiing, your best bet is to try the Silver, Nelson Farm, trail. Beware the slush. Beware the ice if skiing early in the day.
(David Thofern)
Thursday, March 14, 2019  posted: 3/15/2019 8:15:01 AM
Secondhand Scheduling 
[ Trails: Closed ]
  Park staff and grooming team leaders agreed that the ski season and grooming is over for the 2018-2019 season. Of course, if there is a snowfall that would set up good skiing, the groomers will prep the "Closed" trails. So you skied Willow and don't like dodging the overhanging brush. Do something about it and volunteer for brushing work. Work will start up when the snow is gone.
(Jeff Bolte)
Sunday, March 10, 2019  posted: 3/10/2019 6:03:38 PM
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  We were able to groom and track all of the trails today. Skiers were reporting soft conditions in the skate lane with good classic tracks. Lots of ski traffic on the Purple, Green and Blue trails. If you're looking for less-trafficked areas, try the Red trails and the hilly Silver trail. Conditions should firm up overnight and make for good skiing on Monday. Get out and enjoy the snow while it lasts.
(David Thofern)
Sunday, March 10, 2019  posted: 3/10/2019 5:29:41 PM
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
  We were the first ones to ski on the freshly groomed trails late this morning. They were soft and slow for skating, but it was an absolutely beautiful late-winter day at Willow. The trails should set up tonight, and tomorrow should be another great day of skiing at Willow. As always, the volunteer groomers do a fantastic job of maintaining the trails at Willow and this abbreviated season has been no exception. With their time and expertise, Willow is always one of the best places to ski in the Twin Cities.
(Jim Drake)
Sunday, March 10, 2019  posted: 3/10/2019 12:29:45 PM
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Grooming and tracking is underway. As of 12:30 pm brown, purple, green, blue and silver are groomed and tracked. The scenery is spectacular. This snow won't last long. Go!
(Rita Thofern)

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