Newport State Park will hold its 28th annual Candlelight Ski/Hike/Snowshoe event Feb. 10, 5:30-8:30 pm. Twenty-eight years ago, Newport State Park began the candlelight ski tradition in Door County. The tradition will carry on again this year as a portion of trail will come alive by candlelight, guiding skiers, hikers and snowshoers into a glowing, magical winter wonderland.
Park staff and volunteers will place more than 300 candles, guiding participants down a one-mile wooded trail section. Candlelight skiing requires no special talent or technique, and the terrain of the trail is flat and suited for the novice skier as well as the more experienced. Participants may want to bring a small flashlight or headlamp.
Participants can start at the picnic area parking lot (Lot 3) anytime between 5:30 and 8:30 pm. A bonfire, fireplace and refreshments will await participants at the shelter building. Grills will be available for anyone who wishes to bring along the makings for a picnic supper or marshmallow roast.
A Wisconsin State Park vehicle admission sticker is required. For more information or conditions, contact Newport State Park at 920.854.2500. If interested in volunteering for the event, call the park office prior to the event. The candlelight ski/hike/snowshoe event will be held with or without adequate skiing snow. Only extreme (cold) temperatures or unsafe trail conditions would cancel the event.