Door County Festival: Candlelight Ski and Clinic at Peninsula State Park

Peninsula State Park will host its candlelight ski on Saturday, February 7, and the park will also offer a cross-country ski clinic on Sunday, February 8.

The Candlelight Ski will take place from 5:30 – 8 pm on Saturday night. Friends of Peninsula State Park will host a bonfire at the candlelight ski, and donations are appreciated and help fund winter trail maintenance. To find the evening’s festivities near Lot 5, enter the park at Highland Road, one mile north of Fish Creek, at the intersection of Highway 42 and County Road A. Dogs and hikers are not allowed at this candlelight ski; however, in case of no snow, the event will change to a hike that begins near park headquarters.

Friends of Peninsula State Park will host a centennial table at the Fish Creek Winter games on February 7 before the candlelight ski. It will be a chance to promote exciting centennial events planned for 2009. Stop by to check out new centennial canteens, water bottles and spiffy knit hats that feature the centennial logo. All proceeds support centennial events and publications.

Then on Sunday, February 8, experienced skiers and Friends of Peninsula State Park volunteers Nick and Gail Anderson will lead a cross-country ski clinic from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. Skiers must provide their own skis and poles (local rentals available – call Park Headquarters at 920.868.3258 for more information). Meet in the warming shelter next to the maintenance garage near Lot 5. There will be a brief discussion of proper clothing and equipment as well as trail etiquette. Skiers will then assemble outdoors for on-snow instruction. Initial instruction will first be given on the golf course and then on the adjacent one-mile Yellow Trail Loop. All ages and abilities are welcome. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. (Note: Skiing additional trails in Peninsula State Park requires a $4 daily/$15 annual trail pass.)

For these special events, a vehicle sticker or $5 special event sticker is required. For more information or to check on current trail conditions call park headquarters at 920.868.3258.