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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

2020-2021 season
Reports 7 to 16 of 26    Month: Mar | Feb | Jan | Dec
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)
Saturday, January 16, 2021
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Grooming plans: Waiting for cooler temps and snow to groom. Will groom Sunday morning. Hopefully we will have good ski conditions for Sunday.
(Greg Hoelscher)
Friday, January 15, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
The recent snowfall and higher temps made for a slower, aerobic ski, but it was sure pretty out there! I skied the greens and blues. Some tinder on the trails, especially on the blue loop, but no bare spots.
(Andy Fehrenbach)
Monday, January 11, 2021
Evening
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Skied everything that was lighted, but skipped the outer loop. Conditions were fast thanks to a well packed base and a thin layer of fresher snow on top. Not much leaf litter, but the trails have seen a lot of use since being groomed and have dips and ruts in the turns, as well as intermittent damage from walkers.
(Adam Scholl)
Monday, January 11, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Both 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Frosty morning, trees decorated with the fog/frost. Very fast and light cover from the hoary frost coming down off the trees. Started getting sticky on my herringbones. However recommend getting out before the sun heats it up!
(Kim Weber)
Sunday, January 10, 2021
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Skate lane groomed this morning. Trails are fast. Rare dirt spots but are easily avoided. Track still in fairly good condition.
(Craig Johnson, Balsam Branch Partnership)
Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ B skis ]
Skated the outer and blue loops. Appeared to be groomed fairly recently, occasional dirt and rocks exposed but easily avoided. I'd rate it good to very good.
(Bryan Lueth)

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