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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.
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Reports 1 to 10 of 24    Month: Jan | Dec
Sunday, January 16, 2022
Morning
Observation 
Tracks looked great as I passed the ski trail while snowshoeing on the Prairie Trail. Nice job groomers. Hope to enjoy the tracks soon.
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(Ginny Ballantine)
Saturday, January 15, 2022
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
We received 2+ inches of dense snow and it groomed out very well. We are in the process of re-tracking everything and re-finishing the skate deck. We should have all trails completed by 11:00 am this morning. The new snow filled in most of the isolated bare spots but there are still a few, so keep an eye out. The skate deck is corduroy side-to-side and the tracks are well-defined.
(Jeff Roberts)
Tuesday, January 11, 2022
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ B skis ]
Skied the purple trail. Holding up nicely. Some debris in the tracks - not too bad. Hopefully temps don't get to high.
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(Ginny Ballantine)
Saturday, January 8, 2022
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Trails have been newly groomed and tracked since snow earlier this week, very firm and smooth now with just a bit of leaf litter here and there. Classic tracks were excellent and skate deck looked good too. Skied the Purple trail loops and saw lots of deer in the woods as well as a few trumpeter swans flying overhead. An excellent day to be out and on skis!
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(David Wilford)
Thursday, January 6, 2022
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
All ski trails have been groomed for skating and tracked for classical skiing. There are a few spots where the snow is thin, particularly in open parts of the track. Wooded areas are in good condition. Skate lanes are generally snow covered, packed, and groomed. There are a few areas where the snow has blown over the trail. Have fun but dress warm, as the sunshine is deceiving, and the cold wind is cutting. Excellent hard wax conditions for classical skiing.
(Dirk Leemkuil)
Wednesday, January 5, 2022
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
The park received around 3–4 inches of new snow. All of the trails were rolled throughout the day. We are planning to begin setting classic track tomorrow morning. The base may be a bit thin in spots hence the B ski recommendation. Grooming might be a bit slow at Willow for awhile, one of our two grooming machines is currently down for repair.
(David Thofern)
Tuesday, January 4, 2022
Evening
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Skied the Purple trail, were some bare spots and deck was pretty hard. Still a decent base though and the classic tracks were in good shape.
(David Wilford)
Saturday, January 1, 2022
Afternoon
Firsthand: Both 
[ Rock skis ]
I started with skate and quickly switched to rock skis. Some sections are good but there are many sections with gravel strewn throughout the trail and occasionally larger rocks. It’s all very skiable but not possible to avoid all the gravel sections. It was a little uneven and hard to get a good v2 rhythm on about half of the trails (my squirrely rock skis probably had something to do with this). Classic went better and the tracks had good coverage in 80% of the trails. Great wildlife sightings- swans, eagles, geese, ducks, deer, rabbits and various other birds large and small that I didn’t know. My nose hat purchased last year did the trick protecting my face in its first subzero test.
(Peter Aggen)
Friday, December 31, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Most trails had decent coverage but red trail had thin tracks with lots of grass showing through. Brown trail was in great shape and fast. B skis fine everywhere but red.
(Tina Pint)
Wednesday, December 29, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
Great ski today on some nicely groomed routes. Saw plenty of other folks out there, but wasn't crowded at all. Covered Trout Brook trails (a few patchy spots, a few soft spots, but otherwise decent), Little Falls, and Campground (really nice conditions, with just one spot of leaves). The groomers have done a great job, and it was well worth the drive.
Photos:
(Pieter DeHart)

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