Newport State Park Hosts 20th Annual Candlelight Ski Event

Newport State Park will hold it’s 20th Annual Candlelight Ski/Hike/Snowshoe event on Feb. 12 from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. 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 over 300 homemade 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 to the beginning skier as well as the experienced. Participants may want to bring a small flashlight for putting equipment on and/or finding their vehicle after skiing or hiking.

Skiers and hikers can begin at the picnic area parking lot anytime between 5:30 and 8:30 pm. A bonfire, fireplace, and refreshments will be awaiting participants at the shelter building. Grills will be lit and available for anyone who wishes to bring along a picnic supper or marshmallow roast.

Those interested in volunteering are encouraged to call the park office prior to the event. The event will be held with or without adequate skiing snow, only extreme (cold) temperature conditions would postpone the event.

A Wisconsin State Park Sticker will be required, and can be purchased at the park office or any other State Park office during the day. For more information and/or conditions, contact Newport State Park at 920.854.2500.