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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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2021-2022 season
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Monday, December 13, 2021
[ Trails Open: Partial ]
Skied the green, campground loop and blue to the falls and back. Thanks to the groomers for yesterday afternoon grooming the campground and blue (also saw they groomed some others but did not ski them). The campground loop was great...nice skate deck. The blue was nice as well...unfortunately hikers thought it was a good idea to walk right in the middle of the deck along with a fat tire bike that was sinking in the deck. The blue deck was a bit soft but still very skiable. Really bummer to have bikers and walkers impacting what would be an awesome skate deck.
(Brian Bell)
Sunday, December 12, 2021
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Groomers have done a great job with all the snow to set both skate and classic tracks. I attempted from the boat landing to skate Purple and Silver trails around the river. There has been so much foot traffic in the middle of the skate deck on all trails and the steeper hills on Silver were dangerous with the big holes. As well I encountered several people running on the trail. Until the ski only signs are posted and the park starts to enforce ski trail usage rules I would not attempt skating.
(David Ousdigian)
Sunday, December 12, 2021
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
All trails are groomed and tracks are set. Excellent conditions. New snow packed in pretty firm now. Tracks are well-defined.
(Jeff Roberts)
Saturday, December 11, 2021
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
20" of new light snow. All trails were rolled. No grooming yet as the snow needs to setup before a track can be set and the final skate deck finished. The current conditions are soft. The skating would be okay if you are looking for a workout thru a soft deck. Classic without tracks might be acceptable as the ski will sink in a few inches.
(jeff Roberts)
Friday, December 10, 2021
[ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
Groomers were out Friday night but had to pull off the trails due to poor visibility and deep snow. We’ll try again tomorrow at first light, assuming we can get into the park. Trails are currently covered in deep snow. We’ll spend Saturday dragging and rolling and may be able to begin grooming and tracking. It will take park staff some time to plow the entrance road and parking lots. You may want to call the park office to make sure the entrance road is open before you head out to Willow.
Gun deer hunting is open through Sunday north of the river and on part of the Red trail. Blaze orange is recommended if you venture into those areas.
(David Thofern)
Thursday, December 9, 2021
Observation Scheduling 
[ Trails: Closed ]
Hunting season remains open in the park north of the river through December 15. No ski trail grooming on the Silver trail or packing for hiking on the Pink trail will be done till hunting ends. In November I spent several hours mowing leaves off the trails, as possible, to help the grooming towing machine traction, and perhaps low snow skiing. The volunteer grooming group is on notice to be ready to go when the time is right. Typically they make the first packing run during the snowfall with the rollers only. The second run, after the snow ends, may also be packing only. This provides a soft, but skiable surface without track. Track setting follows. If the second run is with the grooming pieces, it's done and needs some time to set up. Another change at Willow is bike trails that cross ski trails. Expect to see riders. The Purple Lowland ski trail has been routed around that annoying wet spot with the off camber U-turn approach. The entire Lowland loop was worked over to take the worst lumps out.
(Jeff Bolte)

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