The tradition continues: Newport State Park will hold its 29th annual Candlelight Ski/Hike/Snowshoe event on Feb. 9, 5:30-8:30 pm, when a portion of a trail will come alive by candlelight to lead skiers, hikers and snowshoers into a winter wonderland.
Park staff and Newport Wilderness Society volunteers will place more than 300 candles to guide participants down a wooded, 1.2-mile trail section. Candlelight skiing requires no special talent or technique, and the terrain is flat and suited to both the novice and more experienced skier. Those who don’t want to ski may hike or snowshoe on the trail.
Participants may want to have a small flashlight or headlamp to assist in putting on equipment and finding their vehicle after the event.
Participants may start at parking lot three anytime between 5:30 and 8:30 pm. At the end of the lit trail, the shelter building will offer an indoor fireplace, refreshments and an outdoor bonfire. Grills will be available for those who want to take along the makings of a picnic supper or marshmallow roast.
The event is free, but a Wisconsin State Park vehicle-admission sticker is required. The event will be held with or without adequate skiing snow, and only extreme temperatures or unsafe trail conditions will cause it to be canceled. To learn more, to hear about current conditions or to volunteer for the event, call 920.854.2500.