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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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Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Classic Secondhand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Understandably, it has not been groomed in awhile, but still very ski-able. At 8 am, classic tracks were holding up fairly well with no bare spots, but getting a little washed out in places. Tracks were firm, a little icy and fast. I didn't ski the outer loop. Skate deck has 2-3 inches of newer snow so probably some hard work there. Town crew is taking down trees and planning to move dirt and increase the parking lot size so be aware ... more reason to keep donating for the improvements.
(Steve McCormack)
Monday, March 1, 2021
Night
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
All trails had a fresh 1-3" of snow covering, but classic tracks were skied on and in great condition. Skate deck was nice, but the fresh snow required lifting the legs higher to skate without pushing snow or falling. It was actually quite fun with a few people out, but not crowded trails by any means. No bare spots, no water and few branches/leaves/twigs like other trails I've recently skied. Get out and enjoy this one!
(Gary Simon)
Monday, March 1, 2021
Evening
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
I skied most of the trails except for the outer unlit black loop. The trails haven't been groomed since the last snow so there is about 2" of powder on top of everything, but the base is solid and there isn't much debris or damage from other skiers on the trails yet so the skating was good. The classic tracks looked clear of debris as well.
(Adam Scholl)
Sunday, February 21, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Trails were recently groomed and both the tracks and skate deck on all the trails I followed were in great shape, and there was very little debris. Only issue was parking, as there were many people out enjoying the trails today!
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(David Wilford)
Friday, February 19, 2021
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
All trails groomed and tracked. It should be a great weekend for skiing. There is good coverage everywhere, and the track should set up nicely.
(Barry Tulkki)
Friday, February 5, 2021
Morning
Observation 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
We are having mechanical problems with our snowmobile and are unable to complete grooming for the present. Therefore the trails are snowy and rough. We will let you know when we have this fixed, but it will probably be days.
(Barry Tulkki)
Saturday, January 30, 2021
Evening
Firsthand: Classic Lost/Found 
[ B skis ]
Classic easy loop in fast and good condition with minimal leaf debris on the trail. Light at 620 is out. Found headlamp on trail, if it’s yours please identify brand and type and I’ll get it back to you!
(Teri Wagner)
Thursday, January 28, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Classic skied all but the outer loop. Good tracks and good skiing. The skate deck looked firm. Probably not groomed for a couple days but no need to... and it would probably do more harm than good. Good skis for classic, maybe B+ skis for skate. Please donate to this gem.
(Steve Mccormack)
Sunday, January 24, 2021
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Trails groomed and track set this morning, 3 inches of new snow over a hard base. Skate lane may be a little soft on the surface until it sets up. Only reason to use B skis is for the rare hidden rock. Skiing should be great today. Enjoy.
(Craig Johnson, Balsam Branch Partnership)
Sunday, January 17, 2021
Morning
Grooming Secondhand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Groomed skate and track this morning. Skiers immediately started after grooming. They said it was great skiing. I have to think it was soft and a bit slower. Trail seemed nice and smooth with very little ice crystals. Some leaf debris. Still B grade skis need with a few rocks. Enjoy.
(Greg Hoelscher)

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