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Balsam Branch Trails
Amery, WI
12k
Skating/Classic
Yes
No
1 Main Lot 1 Kennedy Park
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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.
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Trail Reports

Reports 1 to 9 of 9    Month: Jan | Dec
Monday, January 17, 2022
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Good skis ]
Thank you, groomer/s. Conditions made for a really nice ski today. It's been a few years since I've skied here, and I forgot about some of those hills. There is a really nice base of snow. I hope it sticks around. Classic grooves were a bit shallow but ok. Some grooves were wiped out from use. I'll be back again soon!
(Amy Riegelman)
Saturday, January 15, 2022
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Freshly groomed after the very light snow we received yesterday. Trail looks quite good. Base is firm. Occasional rock is at the surface. Set new track and skate lane. Get out and enjoy. I will be soon.
(Greg Hoelscher)
Saturday, January 8, 2022
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
I skied the easy and intermediate trails. Beautifully groomed, but no tracks set. Excellent snow coverage, not a lot of people out. They have quadrupled the size of the parking lot and there is a very nice beginner trail. There is also a bypass for the big downhill on the hardest trail.
(Ralph Schwartz)
Wednesday, January 5, 2022
Night
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Skied the lighted loops tonight. Awesome! All lights were on when I was there tonight at 6:00pm. After trails were groomed today, the track was good. Skate lane is good also. The groomer shoveled snow on rocks that needed it. Just beautiful tonight. With an occasional rock, I'm suggesting B skis. Will plan to groom again before the weekend. Enjoy the day.
(Greg Hoelscher)
Wednesday, January 5, 2022
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Trails freshly groomed and tracked today after 3 inches of new snow. Trails are in fair conditions. There are occasional thin spots and a few rocks sticking up, on the black loop particularly. It should be good skiing on the weekend!
(Barry Tulkki)
Tuesday, January 4, 2022
Evening
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ B skis ]
Snow was pretty fast today, a few easily avoidable rocks but all around decent with the amount of snow we have. The lights were not working on majority of lighted loop though, which made it dangerous and ended my ski early.
(Kelli Lester)
Thursday, December 30, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
Classic on just the inside loops [knee re-hab in progress] and not the middle or outer loop. Some grass and infrequent root but overall very nice conditions given the limited snow to work with. Used waxless fish scale rock skis and probably the right choice. Thanks Greg H for making the most of the trails. Some skate areas looked quite nice but some thin areas too. Don't forget to donate please.
(Steve Mccormack)
Wednesday, December 29, 2021
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
Just groomed this morning. All trails are groomed and tracked. We have large rocks through-out the system. On occasion leaves were brought up. Worth while getting out to ski. Suggesting rock skis.
(Greg Hoelscher)
Monday, December 13, 2021
Night
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ B skis ]
Skated under the lights. Trails have been rolled but are soft and rough. No classic track have been set, except for what others have skied in.
(Kevin Rogers)